There have been a lot of changes in 2020 with regard to how Microsoft is servicing their as-a-service products such as Windows 10 and Office 365. You can see our posts that we regularly update on the Windows timeline, and our Definitive Guide on Microsoft's X-as-a-Service page to have release and EOL dates and current terminology in one place. However, since there have been so many changes to Office 365, to avoid confusion, we are not going to update our Office 365 timeline post, but we will keep it for historical reference purposes. This post you are presently reading will serve as the new post for the Office 365 timeline, which will include the recent changes that have been made.
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Jan 28, 2021 9:26:52 AM / by Barry Angell
Jan 26, 2021 8:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
In the past few years, we have published way over 50 pieces of content on Evergreen IT Management in an effort to inspire you, help you get started, manage your upgrades as efficiently as possible, and make your job easier. But the topic — often also referred to as Continuous IT Transformation Management, Business-as-Usual Management, or Release Management — is huge and can cause a lot of confusion and frustration. In an effort to provide you with an overview of the entire subject, as well as neatly organize all relevant articles, we created "The Ultimate Guide To Evergreen IT Management".
Jan 19, 2021 10:44:00 AM / by Barry Angell
A few weeks ago, I attended the Flexera's Application Packaging Roundtable webinar about MSIX which was very interesting and included application management people from both customer organizations and service integrators. It got me thinking: Microsoft has been touting MSIX for two years now and despite the tremendous benefits the new packaging format brings, it seems like neither software vendors or end-user enterprises have really embraced it yet.
There is no doubt in my mind that MSIX is the future of application packaging — so why haven't enterprises fully bought into it yet? What are the roadblocks they are facing? Let's have a closer look at that today.
Jan 12, 2021 8:15:00 AM / by Barry Angell
While remote work has become increasingly common over the past years, the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has certainly pushed the fast-forward button. In fact, a recent survey published by the World Economic Forum revealed that 98% of the workforce would like to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their working lives. This newly found work flexibility is especially important for working parents. In the past, only 46% of parents wanted to work remotely, but the pandemic has increased that number to 86%.
Here at Juriba, we have been working remotely from the start and we certainly understand the benefits that come with the new demand to be able to Work-From-Anywhere. We also know it comes with its own set of challenges, e.g., maintaining a healthy work-life balance and making a point to facilitate open communication and collaboration.
Jan 7, 2021 11:22:24 AM / by Barry Angell
Application packaging and testing hasn't changed much over the past twenty years — until now. Last month, we detailed some of the major historical changes up until the present, from MSI Installer to MSIX and beyond. Today, I want to walk you through why self-service is intrinsically linked with the future of app packaging and testing and how Juriba's Application Manager enables you to do this right now.
Dec 23, 2020 9:17:42 AM / by Barry Angell
Last week, we talked about the 20+ years of innovation drought in the application packaging and testing space and explained why this space is about to change. But in addition to MSIX and application containerization, there are six distinct ways we expect application packaging and testing to improve over the next few years.
Dec 11, 2020 8:45:44 AM / by Barry Angell
I want to take you back just over 20 years to when I was working at the Woolwich Building Society in their IT department (my first job after University). Seated next to me were the application profiling team members — people who were writing scripts to wrap applications into "packages" that could be distributed using login scripts in Novell.
Fast forward to today. If I want a new desktop application brought into my enterprise, I still have a team of people performing what is a pretty similar function to get my application "packaged" for distribution via Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) — or Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) as it's now known — or equivalent desktop management tooling.
Nov 25, 2020 9:15:29 AM / by Barry Angell
On November 13th 2020, we announced the acquisition of AppAvail, a best-in-class application packaging and testing automation solution that enables non-technical product owners, developers, operations, and other team members to package and test their applications using self-service, making it a significantly faster, more reliable, and more cost-effective alternative to traditional tools. The new Juriba Dashworks Application Manager brings a tremendous amount of value-add, so I will highlight some of my favorite features to give you a glimpse of the power under the hood of our new automated packaging and smoke testing solution.
Oct 29, 2020 1:03:28 PM / by Barry Angell
THE COMBINATION OF ATERNITY'S LEADING DIGITAL ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT PLATFORM AND JURIBA'S EVERGREEN IT COMMAND AND CONTROL PLATFORM ENABLES THE MODERN DIGITAL ENTERPRISE.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – October 28, 2020 – Aternity®, the enterprise-class Digital Experience Management Company™, announced today that it is partnering with Juriba, a leader in Enterprise IT migration software to improve the digital transformation experience for the enterprise. The combination of Aternity and Juriba’s powerful software platforms will provide global enterprises with the opportunity to drive accelerated digital transformation projects, while proactively managing end-user experience.
Last week, I introduced our Evergreen IT Process Framework which introduced a generalized framework of processes that can be applied to any Evergreen IT use case, whether it is a hardware refresh, an application lifecycle management, a VDI migration, or any other project. Many of you found the blog post useful. To make it even more actionable for you, I wanted to share with you some ideas on how to build an optimized tool stack around this process framework.