When we started talking about the importance of Evergreen IT management in late 2015, there was almost no information out there on this new IT management approach. But within a few months, hundreds of IT professionals were reading the article every month! Now, it has been read more than 20,000 times. Since then, Microsoft and other IT companies have increasingly picked up on the topic and the term has become mainstream.
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May 9, 2019 7:55:00 AM / by Barry Angell
May 7, 2019 8:25:00 AM / by Barry Angell
You may have heard that Evergreen IT is very beneficial as it increases your IT landscape's security and performance. You may have also heard that it lowers your ongoing IT maintenance costs. But how can you REALLY know how Evergreen IT will impact your IT management? By measuring critical key performance indicators of course!
Today, I will take a look at some of the operational KPIs you will most likely see significant improvement on. While this certainly isn't an exhaustive list, these KPIs were chosen because they visualize the broad potential of benefits Evergreen IT can bring to your IT environment:
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.
Apr 11, 2019 7:31:00 AM / by Barry Angell
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.
Mar 25, 2019 8:05:00 AM / by Barry Angell
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.
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
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.
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: