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When migrating your end users to Office 365 or Windows 10, or whilst delivering any other major IT transformation project, it pays to have the right tools in place to help you get the job done as efficiently as possible.

With so many moving parts to manage in an IT migration, being able to rely on a sophisticated project management tool like Dashworks means you are already ahead of your competitors as it shortens the time your IT team spends on IT upgrades, which makes your business more agile and adaptable to change.

Whether you are an old pro at using Dashworks, have only begun using it recently, or are considering a purchase or evaluation, you should know that the latest version, Dashworks 4.3, has some improvements that IT professionals on a tight deadline are using to stay on top of their projects.

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Here’s what you need to know about the updates and improvements in Dashworks 4.3:

Customizing in Dashworks Self Service

Dashworks Self Service is already known in the industry for how easy it is to customize. With the latest upgrade, it now includes branding and corporate images and the ability to stretch a banner image of your choice across the top of the page.

You can also designate three HTML color codes to further change the look and feel of your self-service pages. Also, you can set a customized URL for users to go to when they click the logo on the top left of the page.

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Connecting to Office 365

If you’re working to migrate to Office 365 now, or simply want to bring data from your O365 instance into the Dashworks data warehouse, version 4.3 can help! The software lets you import mailbox data from multiple Office 365 instances, and the users who are residing in your on-premise Active Directory will be quickly identified and connected with their Office 365 mailboxes. You can, therefore, visualize both the local on-premise infrastructure and your cloud infrastructure in a single pane of glass.

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Batching Bulk Updates

Juriba has also improved how bulk updating is handled. Previously, this task was a single operation no matter what size of data was being pushed through. Now, the developers have improved Dashworks to split bulk updating into batches, which are then queued. Your IT team can now process any size of data with no worry about an upper limit.

You’ll see on the results page all details of each batch being processed and details will be available to you down to the level of individual objects. Whenever you want, you can resume using the bulk update and check on the status of any operations still in the queue. Of course, administrators using Dashworks 4.3 will be able to see detailed information on each operation for all users and the audit trail is updated as normal for each object.

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Additional Improvements

In addition to the previously discussed enhancements, there is a wide range of other improvements that have been made to Dashworks in release 4.3 that IT managers should be aware of. Among the highlights:

  • Further mailbox permission breakdowns are now available to support the analysis and grouping of mailboxes by permission type.
  • SQL Server 2016, which has recently transitioned to Release Candidate status, is now fully supported by the new version of Dashworks.
  • Full support is now available for Apple OS X, both major and minor versions, through the Operating System dashboards.
  • Users can now click an option to view a list of items in the Project Object page so they can see the list ranked regarding readiness.
  • When performing a generic CSV import for software inventory, you can now specify if the software in question populates the provisioned or installed column (the previous version of Dashworks only supported provisioned software from a manual load).
  • In circumstances where a large enterprise has more than 25 teams, the list of teams showing in the user profile will now be paged. If you are deleting a team, the confirmation process will display a list of all affected groups before you complete the action.

Assessing your current situation regarding assets, resources, users and looming project deadlines and then getting everything prepared for the migration will be much easier when you are working with the latest version of Dashworks.

Dashworks version 4.3 is available immediately to all customers that have purchased product maintenance and support, or who are on a subscription service. Please contact your professional services account manager to find out more.

In addition to the new release, we also have been working hard on the HPE Windows 10 assessment service and our integration with BDNA. Plus there are some brilliant new mailbox relationship visualizations just round the corner. Please also stay tuned for more information on our Dashworks Analysis+ product coming soon.

Keep in mind that Juriba offers consultation to IT professionals in the enterprise to help them get the most out of this project management tool, such as bespoke project reporting and dashboarding.

Click here to download the Dashworks Buyer's Guide

Barry Angell

Written by Barry Angell

Barry is a co-founder of Juriba, where he works as CEO to drive the company strategy. He is an experienced End User Services executive that has helped manage thousands of users, computers, applications and mailboxes to their next IT platform. He has saved millions of dollars for internal departments and customers alike through product, project, process and service delivery efficiency.

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