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.
Jan 7, 2021 11:22:24 AM / by Barry Angell
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.
Press Release: Juriba Acquires AppAvail to Enable Automated Application Management in the Enterprise
Nov 27, 2020 9:12:09 AM / by Iain Fraser
The combination of Juriba’s leading Evergreen IT Command & Control Platform and AppAvail’s Automated Application Smoke Testing, UAT and Packaging Software, Enables Modern Enterprise IT Management.
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.
Nov 16, 2020 8:43:00 AM / by Iain Fraser
On 13 November 2020, Juriba acquired AppAvail, a leading edge application packaging and testing automation provider, to add automated smoke testing, functional testing, User Acceptance Testing (UAT) as well as automated application packaging and management to its Evergreen IT Management solution, Juriba Dashworks.
Jul 10, 2019 5:53:27 PM / by Barry Angell
Microsoft has been buzzing this week with announcements around the future of its Windows 10 Servicing model — so much that one announcement almost fell through the cracks: the public preview release of the software giant's cloud-connected service Desktop Analytics.
Originally announced with much fanfare in September 2018, Desktop Analytics was described as a cloud service that integrates with System Center Configuration Manager and is aimed to make application compatibility assessment before a Windows 10 or Office 365 upgrade/migration easier. In addition, the free tool was supposed to provide migration suggestions, help create optimized pilot groups for testing, and allow IT managers to create quick inventories of in-house Windows apps to make compatibility checks simpler. Or, in Microsoft's words, it would "take the guess work out of testing and focus your attention on key blockers."
Aug 7, 2017 8:53:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Traditionally, User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is performed at the end of a long software development cycle by the intended audience under real-world conditions. By then, engineering has performed a battery of technical tests to ensure the software works as expected. However, in some cases, engineering's understanding of the business requirements and user needs versus what the user was actually looking for are two very different things. This is where UAT usually comes in.
Why You Cannot Do Software Asset Lifecycle Management and Application Normalization Without a Software Catalog
Mar 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Today, we are wrapping up our 3-part blog post series about Evergreen IT by taking a closer look at software catalogs.
(If you have missed the previous blog posts you can find them here: Software Asset Lifecycle Management - Dream or Reality as well as How Important Is Application Normalization For Your Next Windows 10 Migration And Evergreen IT?)
As your organization evolves, and demand for business flexibility increases, the proliferation of applications each end user works with tends to grow in volume as well. Consequently, your IT department works to cope with an increasingly complicated application environment, and you begin to dream of initiating a Software Asset Lifecycle Management project that will bring order to the chaos.
What’s the name of that application Employee A is running on her desktop? Is it the same as the similar title running on another computer by Employee B in a nearby department? You cannot get an accurate idea of how much software you have deployed if you don’t know the names and locations of each installed application.
If software is not named consistently, you might see one copy that includes the name of the vendor and another that has a truncated or abbreviated version of the same name, or a different vendor entirely (think Macromedia and Adobe - both now Adobe Systems). It might seem like you have five applications when actually you only have five names for the same thing.
Mar 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell
A stressed out, harried IT department is a sign that your organization has bitten off more than it can chew. There’s no need to have circumstances lead to the point where your IT professionals are pulling out their hair in frustration and growing ragged from lack of sleep because of the burden that comes from launching one big bang project after the other.
Instead, gradual, incremental changes to your mission-critical software assets will be much more effective and will help your organization stay on track. Many larger organizations have recognized this not only as a possible way to gain a long-term competitive advantage but also a way to significantly cut cost and resources.
In this 3-part series, we are exploring vital stepping stones that pave the way to achieving this. Last week, we talked about software asset lifecycle management, and today we will look into application normalization. In a few days, we will take a closer look at software cataloging. With that in mind, you may be wondering how important application normalization is to your Windows 10 and Evergreen IT projects.
Mar 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Today, enterprises need to be able to adapt faster to changing environments to fend off competitive pressure; they need to be able to grow faster or scale back when needed — all while reducing costs and increasing the value of the services offered.
The demand for managing information technology assets on a continual basis reflects a natural consequence of software developments (e.g., cloud computing, software-as-a-service) as well as changing business demands. Think about your Apple or Android phone constantly updating applications in the background, or Windows 10 and its regular patches.
But back in the corporate world, the requirement for control of the environment is a significant hurdle to adopting the most adaptive change methodologies. Imagine if an untested change brought down your main trading application! The challenge is how to take a better approach but retain control. Ideally, Evergreen IT results in increased efficiencies, more agility and better scalability across the entire enterprise. For example, IT transformations could be managed in an agile fashion (business as usual), rather than in one-off big bang migration projects.