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The Real-World Cost Of Running A Windows 10 Upgrade

Mon, 03 February 2020 - By

Now that Windows 7 is a thing of the past, enterprises have no choice but to complete their Windows 10 migrations — and with that, get on the treadmill of Windows 10 upgrade management as Microsoft is releasing two major feature upgrades every year: one in spring (18 months support) and one in fall (30 months support).

Microsoft's preferred way for organizations to manage their Windows-as-a-Service is to adopt an Evergreen IT approach that allows you to organize your IT environment in such a way that you can upgrade all of your users within six to nine months in Business-as-Usual mode. 

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Reference Point: All Windows 10 Versions Release & EOL Dates (Updated Jan 2020)

Tue, 14 January 2020 - By

This blog post has been updated as of January 14, 2020, and will continue to be updated when changes to Windows 10 release and EOL dates, and other major revisions.

Over the last 12+ months, Microsoft has changed the EOL dates of its Windows 10 versions — some of them multiple times, leading to confusion as to when specific versions are actually going to finish their support cycle. A lot of the confusion is due to the following facts:

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Microsoft Decouples New Features From Windows 10 Feature Releases

Mon, 30 December 2019 - By

On December 16th 2019, Microsoft's Senior Program Manager for the Windows Insider Program, Brandon LeBlanc, announced in a blog post that the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19536 (an early version of the 20H1) was available. However, other parts of his article made seasoned Microsoft experts wonder whether or not the software giant decouples its feature releases from its official Windows 10 upgrade releases.

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Right-to-Left or Left-to-Right: Which Is Better For Your Windows 10 Upgrades?

Mon, 25 November 2019 - By

The title is one of the biggest questions enterprises face when deciding on a Windows 10 migration and/or upgrade approach for their estate. In other words, how will they determine when to migrate whom?

Generally, there are two ways you could do this:

  1. Assign everyone a migration date and work towards that date (we call this approach right-to-left), or
  2. You dynamically calculate the best candidates and provide migration dates accordingly (we refer to this as left-to-right).

While both ways have their pros and cons, one is definitely better suited for today's fast-paced changes and to manage Evergreen IT. Let's take a closer look.

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Microsoft Endpoint Manager — Clever Marketing Or Fundamental Strategy Shift?

Mon, 18 November 2019 - By

Last week, at this year's Ignite conference, Microsoft dropped a bunch of announcements that surprised even veteran industry analysts, e.g., Azure Arc, Project Cortex, Project Silica and, of course, Endpoint Manager.

While the other projects are fascinating in their own right, for you as an IT Project Manager tasked to manage your organization's Evergreen IT and IT Transformation Projects, the Endpoint Manager — Microsoft 365's new admin experience combining Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Microsoft Intune, Desktop Analytics, Device Management Admin Console, and other endpoint management solutions under one management console — will be the most interesting piece of news.

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The Basics Of Planning Your Enterprise Desktop Migration to Windows 10

Thu, 30 January 2020 - By

While Windows 10 was touted initially as the fastest adopted OS in Microsoft history and Gartner predicted that 80% of enterprises would have completed or at least started their migration by the end of 2018, Windows 10 reached more than 50 percent market share in August 2019 — more than four years after its initial release! 

As of January 14th, 2020, Windows 7 is officially dead. While you can buy extended support until 2023, every month you are not moving to Windows 10 is going to cost you dearly. In addition to the pricey ESU fees, you are exposing your environment to security vulnerabilities that can result in costly data breaches, malware attacks, or other problems. Your employee technology experience will decline, resulting in lower talent retention rates as well as productivity loss. And the list goes on. The point is, enterprises simply cannot afford to not upgrade as quickly as possible. 

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On-Demand Webinar: Windows 10 Summit

Fri, 14 June 2019 - By

On May 30 and July 2, Juriba's CTO, Barry Angell, presented a session entitled 'How to get your executive management fired up about Evergreen IT after your Windows 10 migration' at the Ivanti Windows 10 Summit. The conference was hosted entirely online and it is still available to watch on-demand.

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Desktop Analytics 101 - What You Need To Know

Mon, 15 April 2019 - By

A few weeks ago, I participated in two interesting sessions at the Microsoft Ignite Tour: one about Microsoft Autopilot, which we have extensively covered in the past, and one about Desktop Analytics, which is the forthcoming upgrade to Microsoft's Windows Analytics telemetry tool. With the release due shortly, we thought we would share some information on this significant update.

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Time Is Up For Windows 7 - How To Position Your Organization For Windows 10 And Beyond [Q&As]

Thu, 11 April 2019 - By

 

Last month, we partnered with Flexera to present the webinar entitled "Time is up for Windows 7: How to position your organization for Windows 10 and beyond" hosted by myself and Adam Jeffries, Senior Solution Engineer at Flexera.

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The Worst Pieces Of IT Transformation Advice We Have Ever Heard

Mon, 25 March 2019 - By

We all know that hindsight is always 20/20. There is probably nothing more frustrating than realizing that you just made a huge mistake, and then looking back and realizing that you should have known that that was a bad idea. But sometimes, we also receive really bad advice that overrides our gut feeling or better judgement.

Whatever caused the misstep, we all learn from mistakes — but it's always easier to learn through someone else's mistakes. So, we compiled below the worst pieces of advice we have ever heard on the topic of managing an effective IT Transformation. This way, if you hear one of these common myths, you'll know to be wary of it and consider it twice.

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How To Manage Windows 10 & Office 365 ProPlus Servicing: A Data Model

Mon, 14 May 2018 - By

Over the past few years, we have seen our fair share of failed and dangerously inefficient enterprise attempts to keep Windows 10 and Office 365 Servicing up-to-date. Often, the organization took longer than anticipated to run through the first initial migration, skipped an update to come up for air, just to drown under the workload of the feature update roll out, for which it had vastly underestimated the risk and work effort. Ever worse, these updates are often managed manually, with antiquated and inadequate project management practices!

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Office 2019: Is Now The Right Time To Upgrade Your On-Premise Office Estate To Office 365 ProPlus?

Mon, 09 April 2018 - By

If you recently tried to find anything on Microsoft Office — for example on the enterprise section of Office.com — you might have noticed that there isn't much mention of Microsoft's on-premise productivity application suite anymore.

The vast majority of Microsoft's marketing communication and sales conversation is about Office 365! This is not an oversight or a temporary marketing campaign — but rather a strategic push to move enterprise customers away from the perpetually licensed Office fat client and onto the subscription-based, always up-to-date Office 365. Moreover, now that Office 2019 is about to be released, many enterprises are asking themselves: "Should we consider Office 2019, or is it not the right time to switch to Office 365 ProPlus?"

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How To Streamline Your Office 365 Migration / Update Rollout In 7 Steps With Juriba Dashworks

Mon, 05 March 2018 - By

Rolling out Office 365 can be very exciting considering the value it will add to your organization in terms of unified communication, collaboration, and business processes! But it can be equally terrifying if you think about all the dependencies of users, mailboxes, delegates, mail archives, public folders, groups, instant messaging, ... the list goes on and on.

After the initial migration is completed, Microsoft will release two larger Office client feature updates and monthly security updates to increase productivity for your end users and tighten security. However, just like Windows as a Service, these larger feature updates will need to be rolled out effectively as they can also be considered a mini-migration.

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10 Steps For A Successful Windows 10 or Office 365 Migration Using A Service Integrator

Mon, 20 November 2017 - By

Last week, we spoke about how to negotiate a successful Windows 10 or Office 365 migration deal with a service integrator. But what happens once the contracts are signed? Should you sit back and let them take the reigns completely or is there something you can do to ensure the success of this project?

Some enterprises assume that because they just hired an expert organization to take this project off their hands, they can simply drop the ball and let the integrator pick it up and run with it. But while your outsourcer brings a tremendous value to the table, it is completely unrealistic to expect that they will do the best job possible without associated input from your side.

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How To Negotiate A Windows 10 Or Office 365 Migration Deal With Your System Integrator

Tue, 14 November 2017 - By

On January 14th, 2020, the extended support for Windows 7 ends, which means that enterprises have about 26 months to fully roll out Windows 10. Similarly, Microsoft expects that at least two-thirds of its Office business customers will move to Office 365 by fiscal year 2019. Since a migration project of that size will take, on average, more than 124 man weeks to complete, it is about high time to get serious about upgrading!

According to our own research, only 44% of organizations are set on managing this IT Transformation internally; 28% are about to issue a Request-for-Proposal, 14% have not decided yet, and 14% have already engaged with a service integrator to outsource this massive project.

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Evergreen IT Management & Your Legacy Business Apps

Thu, 02 April 2020 - By

All enterprises have a dirty, not-so-little secret: their legacy applications. In fact, more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies still rely on legacy technologies and services to carry out mission-critical tasks.

You know, those boring, often deeply embedded business applications that were developed over ten years ago to serve a specific business scenario and have been maintained, tweaked, and adapted ever since? They have worked dependably for decades, users are familiar with them, and often a ridiculous amount of critical business process logic and intrinsic knowledge is encoded in them with little to no way to extract it.

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8 Organizational Considerations For Successful Evergreen IT Management

Thu, 19 March 2020 - By

A few years back, I wrote an article called "Why Evergreen IT Must Be Part Of Your Long-Term IT Strategy" which has been one of our most popular blog articles. It defined Evergreen IT as the "perpetual migration of end-user software, hardware and associated services such as mailboxes, telephony, file storage and the infrastructure supporting the technology".

The article also outlined that in order to be successful you have to do three things: 1) implement organizational change, 2) optimize your processes, and 3) invest in technology to manage it all. Those are the three cornerstones on which successful Evergreen IT Management is built.

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176% ROI By Managing Multiple Evergreen IT Projects With Dashworks

Mon, 16 March 2020 - By

A few weeks ago, we walked through a detailed cost calculation of running an Evergreen IT-managed Windows 10 upgrade cycle. We were able to demonstrate significant savings while stressing the point of needing dedicated resources and budget despite the common perception. We felt like we were only telling you half of the story, so here's the other half: the calculation changes when you add more Evergreen IT projects into the mix!

The thing is, Evergreen IT is like a flywheel. It spins faster if you apply force and slows down when you apply friction. By managing more Evergreen IT projects utilizing the same centralized management platform and standardized processes, you create velocity that spins your Evergreen IT process faster — resulting in significantly higher return-on-investment and potential savings.

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5 Tell-Tale Signs You Shouldn't Move To Evergreen IT

Mon, 20 January 2020 - By

There are dozens of great reasons why you should move to Evergreen IT, such as an always-up-to-date estate, tightened security, and increased compliance. However, adopting a strategy that continuously improves upon itself based on predefined rules requires delicate inter-dependencies of processes, organizational change, and technology. If those conditions aren't met, moving to Evergreen IT will result in a complicated, muddled mess. 

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Digital Transformation: Why Your IT Management Mindset Needs To Change Now

Wed, 15 January 2020 - By

Almost every enterprise has understood by now that participation in Digital Transformation is mandatory. If you don't adapt fast enough, you will simply be shaded out by fast growing organizations, wither away, and eventually die.

To successfully compete in the Digital Transformation game, enterprises must be able to adjust quickly to constant market changes and customer demands. Consequently, the winning enterprises have one thing in common: their IT environments are well-managed and up-to-date. In other words, they are proactively and continuously upgrading their environments using Evergreen IT as their foundation for change and agility.

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Juriba Confirmed As G-Cloud 11 Supplier

Wed, 03 July 2019 - By

LONDON, 3 July 2019 -- Juriba has announced that its flagship software Dashworks has been accepted into the G-Cloud 11 framework, part of the UK Government’s digital marketplace.

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Introducing The New Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) Project Plan For Maximum Velocity Upgrades

Mon, 20 May 2019 - By

It's been a long time coming, but it is finally here — our brand-new Windows-as-a-Service Management Project Plan Template! And I am thrilled to finally share with you some details on it.

This brand-new project plan template is the sequel to our extremely successful Windows 10 Enterprise Migration Project Plan that was originally published in September of 2015. While the previous project plan focused on the initial migration to Microsoft's new operating system, this new project plan enables technology executives, IT pros, and BAU managers to plan and execute their ongoing Windows-as-a-Service update management in the most effective way possible.

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Juriba Confirmed As G-Cloud 10 Supplier

Mon, 02 July 2018 - By

LONDON, 2 July 2018 -- Juriba has announced that its flagship software Dashworks has been accepted into the G-Cloud 10 framework, part of the UK Government’s digital marketplace.

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Is Bimodal IT The Answer To Your Windows-as-a-Service Management Problem?

Wed, 14 February 2018 - By

If you look at how IT traditionally spent its investment dollars, there would be a distinct requirement for a positive return on investment by the end of the first three years. Many were long-term IT investments that would determine how you would operate in the next ten to twelve years, and resulted in the definition of many established IT management practices.

But those ancient IT processes and policies used to manage legacy apps are inadequate to handle modern technology updates. Today, most enterprises are much more agile, having moved applications into the cloud, or utilizing the power of Software-as-a-Service. However, most are still maintaining a layer of dinosaur legacy applications and other mission-critical on-premise software in massive data centers. Since most IT organizations are unable or unwilling to change how they manage IT, they still use IT processes and policies that date back more than twenty years!

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Is Your Organization Ready For Ongoing Self-Service IT Migration? Take Our Quiz To Find Out.

Thu, 14 December 2017 - By

The quality of customer service has a massive impact on how consumers interact with the service provider — whether that provider is an internal department, an outsource partner, or a company providing goods and services externally. Studies have shown that one out of two customers will stop doing business with a company because of a poor service experience.

That is why most consumers, 71% in fact, prefer firms that give them the ability to solve most service issues on their own. While this might not surprise you, it might shock you to know that an astonishing 38% of consumers would rather clean a toilet than speak to a customer service representative!

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DaaS - We've Had Desktop, But How About Device As A Service?

Thu, 24 November 2016 - By

In the last few years, enterprise IT departments have faced a unique set of challenges: On the one hand, they have morphed from a supporting entity to a business enabler, and are maintaining increasingly complex IT landscapes whilst battling significantly larger cyber security threats than ever before. On the other hand, they have to manage more change with fewer resources and stagnant or minimally-increasing budgets.

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Why Now Is The Right Time To (Re-)Consider Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Fri, 30 September 2016 - By

A few weeks ago, we spoke about the Digital Workplace and how it came a long way from being an abstract concept that a lot of companies saw value in, but did not have the technology to support their needs properly, to becoming a reality for a lot of enterprises as they embraced server-hosted virtual desktops.

As organizations are now embarking on their Windows 10 migrations, as well as considering Evergreen IT as a long-term IT goal in order to become more agile, scalable and flexible, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is experiencing a technology-induced revival. It's been a much slower adoption than many analysts expected, but more companies are now virtualizing desktops than ever before!

Gartner expected the hosted virtual desktop market to grow to 76 million users by the end of this year. And it seems the growth is not slowing down anytime soon. Most analysts forecast anywhere from 8.9% CAGR (IDC for the entire VCC market) up to 27% (depending on the analysts' definition of VDI) during the period 2016-2020. 

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3 Millennials-Related Considerations To Take Into Account Regarding Your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Mon, 26 September 2016 - By

As more and more enterprises are starting to embrace Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to save costs, tighten security and improve manageability and compliance as well as give their employees more device flexibility and accessibility options, many fail to consider the generational change in the workforce that is happening right now. 

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Reading Between The Lines: What The Desktop Analytics Public Preview Tells Us

Wed, 10 July 2019 - By

Microsoft has been buzzing this week with announcements around the future of its Windows 10 Servicing model — so much that one announcement almost fell through the cracks: the public preview release of the software giant's cloud-connected service Desktop Analytics.

Originally announced with much fanfare in September 2018, Desktop Analytics was described as a cloud service that integrates with System Center Configuration Manager and is aimed to make application compatibility assessment before a Windows 10 or Office 365 upgrade/migration easier. In addition, the free tool was supposed to provide migration suggestions, help create optimized pilot groups for testing, and allow IT managers to create quick inventories of in-house Windows apps to make compatibility checks simpler. Or, in Microsoft's words, it would "take the guess work out of testing and focus your attention on key blockers."

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User Acceptance Testing In A Business-As-Usual Environment

Mon, 07 August 2017 - By

Traditionally, User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is performed at the end of a long software development cycle by the intended audience under real-world conditions. By then, engineering has performed a battery of technical tests to ensure the software works as expected. However, in some cases, engineering's understanding of the business requirements and user needs versus what the user was actually looking for are two very different things. This is where UAT usually comes in.

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Why You Cannot Do Software Asset Lifecycle Management and Application Normalization Without a Software Catalog

Wed, 16 March 2016 - By

Today, we are wrapping up our 3-part blog post series about Evergreen IT by taking a closer look at software catalogs.

(If you have missed the previous blog posts you can find them here: Software Asset Lifecycle Management - Dream or Reality as well as How Important Is Application Normalization For Your Next Windows 10 Migration And Evergreen IT?)

As your organization evolves, and demand for business flexibility increases, the proliferation of applications each end user works with tends to grow in volume as well. Consequently, your IT department works to cope with an increasingly complicated application environment, and you begin to dream of initiating a Software Asset Lifecycle Management project that will bring order to the chaos. 

What’s the name of that application Employee A is running on her desktop? Is it the same as the similar title running on another computer by Employee B in a nearby department? You cannot get an accurate idea of how much software you have deployed if you don’t know the names and locations of each installed application.

If software is not named consistently, you might see one copy that includes the name of the vendor and another that has a truncated or abbreviated version of the same name, or a different vendor entirely (think Macromedia and Adobe - both now Adobe Systems). It might seem like you have five applications when actually you only have five names for the same thing.

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How Important Is Application Normalization to Your Windows 10 and Evergreen IT Projects?

Mon, 14 March 2016 - By

A stressed out, harried IT department is a sign that your organization has bitten off more than it can chew. There’s no need to have circumstances lead to the point where your IT professionals are pulling out their hair in frustration and growing ragged from lack of sleep because of the burden that comes from launching one big bang project after the other.

Instead, gradual, incremental changes to your mission-critical software assets will be much more effective and will help your organization stay on track. Many larger organizations have recognized this not only as a possible way to gain a long-term competitive advantage but also a way to significantly cut cost and resources. 

In this 3-part series, we are exploring vital stepping stones that pave the way to achieving this. Last week, we talked about software asset lifecycle management, and today we will look into application normalization. In a few days, we will take a closer look at software cataloging. With that in mind, you may be wondering how important application normalization is to your Windows 10 and Evergreen IT projects.

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On The Path To Evergreen IT: Software Asset Lifecycle Management - A Dream Or Reality?

Fri, 11 March 2016 - By

Today, enterprises need to be able to adapt faster to changing environments to fend off competitive pressure; they need to be able to grow faster or scale back when needed — all while reducing costs and increasing the value of the services offered.

There is not a week that goes by where I don't have at least one conversation about Evergreen IT or managing IT change as "Business as Usual" with prospects, customers or partners. 

The demand for managing information technology assets on a continual basis reflects a natural consequence of software developments (e.g., cloud computing, software-as-a-service) as well as changing business demands. Think about your Apple or Android phone constantly updating applications in the background, or Windows 10 and its regular patches.

But back in the corporate world, the requirement for control of the environment is a significant hurdle to adopting the most adaptive change methodologies. Imagine if an untested change brought down your main trading application! The challenge is how to take a better approach but retain control. Ideally, Evergreen IT results in increased efficiencies, more agility and better scalability across the entire enterprise. For example, IT transformations could be managed in an agile fashion (business as usual), rather than in one-off big bang migration projects. 

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The Top 8 Lessons Learnt For Server 2003 Migration

Tue, 21 July 2015 - By

 With the Windows 2003 Server end of life time bomb now passed on July 14th 2015, we thought we would take the time to document our advice for Server 2003 migration project planning activities based on our own server migration experience. Download our Server 2003 Project Plan for free.

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176% ROI By Managing Multiple Evergreen IT Projects With Dashworks

Mon, 16 March 2020 - By

A few weeks ago, we walked through a detailed cost calculation of running an Evergreen IT-managed Windows 10 upgrade cycle. We were able to demonstrate significant savings while stressing the point of needing dedicated resources and budget despite the common perception. We felt like we were only telling you half of the story, so here's the other half: the calculation changes when you add more Evergreen IT projects into the mix!

The thing is, Evergreen IT is like a flywheel. It spins faster if you apply force and slows down when you apply friction. By managing more Evergreen IT projects utilizing the same centralized management platform and standardized processes, you create velocity that spins your Evergreen IT process faster — resulting in significantly higher return-on-investment and potential savings.

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Dashworks Enterprise: Many Use Cases — One License To Manage Them All

Mon, 09 December 2019 - By

Many times, after I give a demo, prospects get excited about the many different scenarios they can manage with Dashworks. All of a sudden, ideas come to life. "We could piggyback a hardware refresh onto our Windows 10 migration," or "We could roll out new, AppV-suitable applications while transitioning to VDI."

Then the excitement usually gets dampened by the same questions: "Does that require a different license? How will that change the overall investment?" Many of you are totally surprised to find out that you can manage all the different use case scenarios with one Dashworks license.

Today, I want to walk you through the different licensing options, show you which is best for each scenario, and most importantly, make you aware that you indeed can manage all the different scenarios with just one Dashworks license.

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How We Mathematically Calculate Deployment Rings For Maximum Velocity

Thu, 31 October 2019 - By

A few years back, a tech consultant won a few eBay auctions he was bidding on and found himself the owner of 2 tons of LEGO pieces overnight. He developed and built a GPU-based neural network to first pick out damaged and dirty pieces and then identify and sort the remaining pieces.

Sometimes, this situation reminds me of an estate before a Windows 10 upgrade. Each application is like a lego brick. Some are the same, some slightly different, some uncompliant and not wanted and some you want to group together and keep. In order to sort out the mess, you need to normalize, rationalize, and categorize all of your applications before you are able to group your users into the correct deployment rings. If you have hundreds of thousands of seats, this must happen at maximum velocity (in other words, based on the most efficient mathematical algorithm) in order to keep pace.

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Juriba Launches ServiceNow Connector For Dashworks

Mon, 28 October 2019 - By

At Juriba, we know how important it is to work with, and action accurate, up-to-date data during your IT transformation project or BAU change activity. This is why our product, Dashworks, uses read-only data connectors to import data sources such as user directories and organizational hierarchies, computer hardware and software inventory data, application compatibility data, and ITSM information from existing repositories within the organization. But it's not just about importing data. We often want to automate the actions required to automate a workflow such as creating a service request ticket. Today, I am thrilled that Juriba is announcing a new Dashworks Connector for ServiceNow.

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Announcing The Juriba Training Academy

Fri, 19 July 2019 - By

At Juriba, we believe all our customers deserve access to valuable and free education on our products.

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Juriba Launches ServiceNow Connector For Dashworks

Mon, 28 October 2019 - By

At Juriba, we know how important it is to work with, and action accurate, up-to-date data during your IT transformation project or BAU change activity. This is why our product, Dashworks, uses read-only data connectors to import data sources such as user directories and organizational hierarchies, computer hardware and software inventory data, application compatibility data, and ITSM information from existing repositories within the organization. But it's not just about importing data. We often want to automate the actions required to automate a workflow such as creating a service request ticket. Today, I am thrilled that Juriba is announcing a new Dashworks Connector for ServiceNow.

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Announcing The Juriba Training Academy

Fri, 19 July 2019 - By

At Juriba, we believe all our customers deserve access to valuable and free education on our products.

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Juriba Confirmed As G-Cloud 11 Supplier

Wed, 03 July 2019 - By

LONDON, 3 July 2019 -- Juriba has announced that its flagship software Dashworks has been accepted into the G-Cloud 11 framework, part of the UK Government’s digital marketplace.

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Meet The People Behind Juriba

Mon, 28 January 2019 - By

The Juriba team

Juriba was formed in 2008 by a team of industry veterans who have spent their lives managing, operating and migrating enterprise desktops and infrastructure.

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Dashworks 5.3 - What You Need To Know

Thu, 29 November 2018 - By

We are excited to introduce you to the latest version of Dashworks, 5.3! After an extensive set of customer feedback sessions, our development team has been focusing on improving the capacity/booking slot functionality for this release. Capacity is used to set limits on the number of deployments that can happen within a specific site, business unit or time of day. Previously, Dashworks could only manage capacity by day and type (e.g. wipe and load vs replacement), but with this new release, the system can manage slots at an even more detailed level. For example, you can now have a deployment unit called 'Site A - Finance' that runs from Date A to Date B, and has 20 AM capacity slots and 20 PM capacity slots with a blackout period for end of year dates. As always, it is thanks to the insightful feedback provided by our customers that has helped drive product innovation and make the drive towards IT transformation and Evergreen IT management a possibility with Juriba Dashworks!

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How You Can Shorten Your IT Migration Planning Phase From 7 Weeks To 7 Days

Feb 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell

Are you dreading your next IT migration project because of all the overtime, late nights and short weekends that your team will face over the next months? Wouldn't it be nice if you could wave a magic wand and all those weeks of tedious pouring over spreadsheets would just magically go away? Unfortunately, we do not have a magic want to give you, but there are ways to significantly (I am talking weeks to even months) shorten you planning phase of your Windows 10 migration project (and other IT transformation projects) by deploying an IT migration project management tool, like Juriba's Dashworks. 

Let's walk through each of the planning phases of a typical Windows 10 enterprise migration project and compare the amount of effort and time it takes to get the job done manually versus with a tool:

Topics: Windows 10 Migration Dashworks

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need To Consider An IT Project Management Solution

Feb 22, 2016 5:36:18 PM / by Barry Angell

Every organization handles their IT transformation projects differently, depending on their business requirements, applications used, IT team and other available project resources. However, there are some major commonalities when you look at enterprise migration projects larger than 5,000 seats. They are always incredibly complex, costly, and can seemingly take forever if not managed right.

Let's look at a Windows 10 migration as an example. There are different approaches to tackling a project of this scale: You can run it in-house with hand-cranked databases and spreadsheets, you can hire a service provider such as HP Enterprise Services, Atos, Microsoft Consulting Services, Wipro, Fujitsu or HCL to handle the migration on your behalf (they all use Dashworks by the way), or you can deploy Dashworks in-house to enable your team to get organized and stay in control with a central command and control center.

Irrespective of whether you are opting for keeping the project in-house, or using a service integrator, look out for these tell-tale signs that you should leverage the power of an IT transformation project management tool instead of going it alone.

Topics: IT Strategy

Pros & Cons of Managing Your Enterprise-Wide Windows 10 Migration In "Business As Usual" Mode

Feb 18, 2016 1:17:10 PM / by Barry Angell

Lately, I have been getting many questions around "How can we run a Windows 10 upgrade for our enterprise while maintaining Business-as-Usual?" With many larger organizations toying with the idea of Evergreen IT and looking to avoid massive, big-bang migrations that are disruptive to business, time-intensive and hugely costly, more IT organizations are trying to find ways to streamline the upgrade process utilizing existing teams.

The principle is that they continue running IT as usual and upgrade to Windows 10 as machines go end of life or via break/fix events that necessitate a machine replacement or rebuild. There are several advantages and downsides to a process like this, which we want to explore today.

Topics: Windows 10 Migration Evergreen IT

Why HPE Chooses Juriba For Windows 10 Enterprise Services

Feb 17, 2016 3:05:00 PM / by Barry Angell

Juriba has a lot to be proud of. HPE, one of the world's largest service providers and a Preferred Provider of Microsoft cloud productivity and mobility solutions, recently added a tool to its Windows 10 enterprise service offerings. That tool was none other than Juriba's IT migration command and control center solution, Dashworks. That brings the number of Top Ten service integrators who trust Juriba up to five, including Microsoft's own Consulting Services!

Topics: Company News Windows 10 Migration

Juriba's Dashworks Now Part Of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Transformation Services For Windows 10

Feb 16, 2016 3:05:00 PM / by Clio Ionni

IT migration command and control software coupled with Hewlett Packard Enterprise services provides a cost-effective, comprehensive solution for customers handling Windows 10 migration projects.

Topics: Company News Windows 10 Migration

History Menu Returns To Edge Browser In Windows Redstone

Feb 10, 2016 2:03:00 PM / by Barry Angell

Enterprises and other large businesses operate at a pace that doesn’t always fall in line with the latest offerings from major hardware or software developers. This includes Windows 10, of course. Even when it makes sense to deploy the newest version of an application or operating system for end user efficiency, you have to envision your entire organization’s affected processes and all the various software solutions currently in place.

How much training will end users require? How will you integrate everything, including valuable legacy systems with the new one? Typically, larger companies will bring on a third party to consult and help them determine the best approach for system integration. After all, it’s best to work with experts who have done this task multiple times for a variety of companies, since you get the benefit of all their experience and the strategies they’ve developed to make transitions go more smoothly.

What Is Windows Redstone?

Your organization may still be using Windows 7 or Windows 8 and are still preparing for an upgrade, or you may already be working with Windows 10. In any case, it makes sense to keep on top of developments from Microsoft. Since launching Windows 10 last year, the Washington-based software giant is using the codeword “Redstone” as it readies two updates for this summer and fall. The name Redstone comes from the game Minecraft, which Microsoft recently purchased. Much of this release has been refactoring of the OneCore code which forms the basis of the "single platform, multiple device" ethos. The refactoring is designed to enable faster feature development and release in the future.

What the Update Means for Enterprises and other Large Businesses

As IT professionals know, Windows Insiders enjoy access to Microsoft’s latest preview versions so they can test and evaluate the software as it evolves. The feedback from these users is invaluable to everyone and gives Microsoft a sense of what their end users are truly clamoring for in future builds.

In the recently released Windows 10 Redstone build 11102, one major feature has emerged, noted an article from Windows 10 Update. After receiving numerous requests from end users via the Feedback app, Microsoft has given them a history menu in the new Web browser, Microsoft Edge.

History Menu In Microsoft Edge

Now your users can right-click the back and forward buttons when using Edge to see quickly in a new tab the websites they recently visited. Clearly, this will be a significant convenience, as access to history is a core function of Web browsing that people are accustomed to using every day. It can help you order your thoughts when doing major research, for example. Users who are in the habit of keeping multiple tabs open in their browser as a workaround for the lack of browser history may find it acceptable to use fewer tabs or just one browser window, putting less of a burden on their system and making work less complicated.

However, any businesses that accepted the lack of a history menu as a form of security by obscurity will need to instruct their employees about the need for discretion with their computers. Failure to keep the computer secure with a robust password could expose the history information to nosy criminals who could use the details to help them with social engineering, discover company secrets or details about research the employee is conducting, and so on.

You should also keep in mind that as with any new software endeavor, bugs are bound to emerge. Some users reported problems with the Magnifier tool and experienced crashes when they tried using accessibility programs. In other cases, using this build of Windows 10 caused some Wi-Fi card incompatibility when working in conjunction with certain unnamed pieces of equipment, according to the article at Windows10Update. These are minor problems, and you can expect them to be sorted out later in the year. 

Conclusion

You may not have the time and resources to check out every new preview of Windows 10 Redstone build iterations, but it’s always a good idea to follow these developments so you can be ready for the official rollout of upgrades later in 2016. To help you navigate the intricacies of migrating users to Windows 10, having advanced knowledge of fixes and new features will make things easier for your IT department.

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Topics: Windows 10 Migration

20 Questions To Ask In A Dashworks Demo

Feb 8, 2016 2:25:14 PM / by Barry Angell

When you get ready to embark on a major IT transformation undertaking, such as a hardware refresh or desktop virtualization project, you might ask yourself: "How can I be more efficient?" or wonder if there is any other solution out there that is not spreadsheets. Then you come across Dashworks, the central control and command center for enterprise IT migrations and schedule a demo. Great, we are excited to walk you through our exciting product that has helped migrated more than 4.5 million assets worldwide. To enable you to get the most out of your demo, we compiled the 20 most frequently asked questions — so you can focus on your specific questions and how Dashworks can help your business!

Topics: Dashworks

How To Create A Budget Plan For Your Office 365 Migration

Feb 3, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Barry Angell

Is your organization moving to Office 365? Congratulations! You are not alone. "Pretty much everyone is considering Office 365 now. They are at least thinking about it, even if they don't end up adopting it. Adoption was going in fits and starts but now it is starting to take off, and bigger companies are implementing it." says Jeffrey Mann, a research vice president at Gartner. Moreover, revenue numbers confirm this: Microsoft's cloud-based productivity tool is the fastest growing commercial product in the company's history.

Topics: Office 365

How To Pull Off A Successful Post-Migration End-User Training

Feb 1, 2016 4:52:24 PM / by Barry Angell

In the hustle and bustle of a major enterprise-wide migration, be it Windows 10, Office 365 or other end-user facing upgrades, it is easy to get lost in the hundreds of to-dos and forget about the end-user. But the success of your project hinges significantly on the end-user adoption and often your end-users will have mixed feelings about a "forced" migration. These migrations can be something that is done to them, not with them. Thankfully, there are easy ways to improve user adoption and perception by communicating early and often, training your end-users sufficiently and getting influencers on board early.

Topics: IT Strategy