In the past, we have shown you how to effectively plan for an enterprise Windows 10 transformation, Office 365 migration, and Windows-as-a-Service upgrade management. Because so many of you found these detailed step-by-step guides extremely helpful, I want to walk you through the planning basics you should consider when moving towards Evergreen IT and away from traditional IT management.
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Dec 24, 2019 12:54:55 PM / by Barry Angell
Dec 9, 2019 8:15:00 AM / by Barry Angell
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.
Nov 25, 2019 1:57:46 PM / by Barry Angell
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:
- Assign everyone a migration date and work towards that date (we call this approach right-to-left), or
- 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.
Nov 18, 2019 1:59:30 PM / by Barry Angell
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.
Oct 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell
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.
Oct 21, 2019 7:15:00 AM / by Barry Angell
It's October — and that means budget rounds for many organizations! Years ago, this was a rather straightforward exercise; you knew how much money you needed to keep the lights on, and then decide which projects you were planning in the coming year. For example, if you wanted to upgrade to the new Windows OS, you would calculate your program length, divide the cost by the number of years and create an investment case.
But times have changed and Evergreen IT requires not only a different approach to calculating your budget but also advanced buy-in from your executives. We have talked about both in the past. Like it or not, Evergreen IT requires a funding plan, and without one, the chances of repeating the mistakes of the past are high. Today, we want to take a closer look at how to create a waterproof business case for your Evergreen IT management to ensure it gets approved.
Oct 1, 2019 3:51:18 PM / by Barry Angell
Most of our customers are currently in the process of deciding 1) which Windows 10 Upgrade Management strategy to pursue (6, 12, 18 or 24 months), and whatever they are choosing, 2) how to achieve the velocity they need to get everything ready and tested to roll everything out in the defined period.
To manage your Windows 10 upgrades efficiently and with maximum velocity, there are a lot of upfront activities that have to be done first, e.g., getting a new build image ready, testing your hardware, planning your deployment rings, and more.
To the surprise of many, Microsoft announced on September 6th, 2019, that it will retire its Windows Analytics services in favor of Desktop Analytics. While the reality of Desktop Analytics (DA) replacing Windows Analytics was expected at some point, the timing is surprising as Desktop Analytics is still in Public Preview and the deadline is in just 4.5 months.
To get customers ready, Microsoft is encouraging everyone to start evaluating Desktop Analytics now because new customers will no longer have access to Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness and Device Health once DA becomes generally available. Customers using “Update Compliance” in their Azure portal already can continue to do so — even after January 2020.
Jul 29, 2019 8:35:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Last week, we took a closer look at how the Agile Software Development methodology and its concepts could be used to manage your IT estate the Evergreen IT way. Recently, we have been getting some questions about Agile in general and how to use Dashworks in that context. Since Juriba's IT Transformation and Evergreen IT Management platform is specifically designed to find the optimal path of maximum velocity to accelerate deployment in enterprise IT environments, Agile is a natural fit.
To walk through the process using an example, let's say we are migrating to the latest version of Windows 10. Since we are already late in the game, this migration has to serve as a preparation for future upgrade cycles as well and needs to be managed as tightly as possible to make repeatable and industrialized.
Jul 23, 2019 1:36:13 PM / by Barry Angell
Traditionally, enterprises tackled large IT transformation projects such as OS migrations, infrastructure upgrades, or email migrations, one at a time in what is commonly termed a "big bang" approach.
These projects would often take between 12-36 months and were repeated every five to six years — or only when absolutely necessary. After years of Business As Usual (BAU) running, project sponsors would quickly add other items to the scope, resulting in project delivery that almost always went over budget, past the due date and cost a fortune.