Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with our partner Flexera entitled "Time is up for Windows 7: How to position your organization for Windows 10 and beyond". If you missed it or you had to drop out during it, don't worry — you can access the on-demand version below.
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Time Is Up For Windows 7: How To Position Your Organization For Windows 10 & Beyond [On-Demand Webinar]
Mar 21, 2019 8:04:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Mar 18, 2019 8:05:00 AM / by Barry Angell
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:
Feb 25, 2019 2:19:00 PM / by Barry Angell
2018 has been be a big year for enterprise IT teams — but for those who still haven't made the move to Windows 10 and adopted a repeatable and scalable Windows-as-a-Service Management framework, 2019 will be even bigger. Most large organizations have completed or already are in the midst the long and challenging journey to migrate tens of thousands of assets onto Windows 10 — having waited more than three and a half years years after the initial launch date for the new OS to work out its kinks.
But with Windows 7 extended support ends in less than a year, enterprises have to kick their efforts into high gear which means the race to start (and finish) these complex IT transformation projects as effectively and efficiently as possible is on.
However, it is a common misconception that complex projects like these start off with day 1. Well, they do not. They cannot start without necessary groundwork, such as creating a business case, assembling the initial team or getting seed funding — just to name a few to-dos. We call this "Planning for the Plan." It might sound a bit like organizational overkill, but after having readied more than six million assets for successful migration, we know that putting all the levers in the right places before starting your project will ultimately help you accelerate your Windows 10 migration by over 65%!
Feb 6, 2019 8:01:00 AM / by Barry Angell
According to a 2015 Forester study, executives predicted that by 2020 47% of their revenue would be majorly impacted or entirely generated by digital — a sentiment that drove Digital Transformation efforts in organizations worldwide. Now that the hype is over and the dust has settled, companies have started to emerge telling tales of great successes — but more often of great failures.
Many of our customers have signed up for Microsoft's free FastTrack service that they are eligible for if they purchased certain enterprise versions of Microsoft 365, Windows 10, or Office 365. But they are also confused about what it is for, what to expect, and how to get the most out of it — and concrete information about the exact details are sometimes hard to find.
To save you the time and effort, we scoured dozens of the latest Microsoft Ignite sessions, documentation pages, and supplemental material to give you the most comprehensive overview of what the Microsoft FastTrack service is, what its goals and objectives are, what you can expect in terms of the process, and what the responsibilities are. Lastly, we looked at the overlap and where it integrates with Juriba's Dashworks solution and visualized it all in a handy infographic:
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Jan 22, 2019 3:26:56 PM / by Barry Angell
On September 6th, 2018, Microsoft announced two new resources to enable its customers to adopt its Modern IT Vision: Desktop Analytics, a cloud-based inventory management and application compatibility assessment tool, and Desktop App Assure, a new FastTrack service that is designed to address any application compatibility issues when upgrading to and updating Windows 10.
While Desktop Analytics is very straight-forward, we have seen a lot of confusion and uncertainty around what Desktop App Assure is — and what it isn't. Therefore, I am going to pick apart the marketing language and peel back the layers of this new service, lay out its benefits and limitations, and describe some scenarios where it could be very beneficial or insufficient.
Over the last few weeks, we took a closer look at Microsoft's Modern IT Vision — in particular at Microsoft Autopilot improvements announced at Ignite and the new Device-as-a-Service offering, Microsoft Managed Desktops. Earlier this year, we also gave on overview of what Microsoft's version of Modern IT really is supposed to look like and answered the question if Microsoft's Modern IT Vision and Co-Management will replace traditional image-based management anytime soon.
While these articles tackle different aspects of an IT management approach as described (or prescribed) by Microsoft's future visions, I always try to distinguish between what is marketing and what is reality for enterprises now and the near future. And in this case, Microsoft is telling us what the future will look like, but enterprises still have a long way to go until this could become reality for them. To help bridge that gap, I want to showcase today how Juriba fits into this whole picture and how our Evergreen IT Management solution, Dashworks, can smooth the transition for you.
Jan 7, 2019 7:55:00 AM / by Barry Angell
At Juriba, we get involved in a lot of hardware refresh projects as well as large scale IT transformations. A major part of refresh project planning is how to handle stock management and whether to buy in bulk, or to pursue a just-in-time (JIT) ordering process.
While this question is as old as inventory management itself, Evergreen IT and faster software upgrade cycles have revolutionized how we manage IT, including hardware. Therefore, the historic methods of warehousing and buying in bulk are again under scrutiny, and many organizations are currently revisiting this discussion. Often, it is a difficult decision to make — especially for very large enterprises operating in different countries, as they have to weigh the risk factors of Just-in-Time against the instant depreciation of their investment and the increased cost and inefficiencies of managing overstock due to misallocation and over-ordering.
So, today I want to share some of my past experiences and thoughts on the benefits and pitfalls of each approach.
Jan 2, 2019 7:31:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Did you know that 51% to 60% of government core business applications were implemented between 1990 and 20091 — making them between ten to thirty years old? While government institutions might be the extreme, from my experience I can safely say that financial services, manufacturing, and other legacy system-heavy industries are not lagging much behind.
It is for this reason that some enterprises considered implementing Microsoft's Long-Term Servicing Channel as a convenient escape route from the mandatory Windows-as-a-Service upgrade pace. While an Operating System is certainly not a legacy application, some organizations seem to think so. According to a Dimension Research report, one in five companies with more than 5,000 employees planned to deploy the LTSC in 2017 — that is a massive increase of 27 percent compared to 2016.
(In contrast, according to InfoTech's reporting, LTSC is at MOST 2% of all devices.)