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5 Week Step-by-Step Plan On Getting A Head-Start On Your 2018 Windows 10 Migration

Mon, 19 February 2018 - By

2018 will be a big year for enterprise IT teams. As the new year kicked off, most large organizations will start to embark on the long and challenging journey to migrate tens of thousands of assets onto Windows 10 — having waited more than two years after the initial launch date for the new OS to work out its kinks. But now, as the Windows 7 extended support ends in less than two years, 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%!

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Security or Performance? Spectre & Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Down Older PCs

Mon, 05 February 2018 - By

2018 started with a bang for those in cyber-security — and almost everyone else running a device that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM chip made from the mid-nineties till today. News broke (and spread like wildfire) that three security flaws, named Spectre (Variant 1 and 2) and Meltdown, could be exploited by ransomware and other malicious code to extract sensitive information by utilizing the chip's way to speed up processing. 

The intricacies of how this works and why this has not been made known before have been discussed at large by much bigger cyber-security experts than myself. After giving you the must-know facts about Spectre and Meltdown, I'd much rather focus on who's affected, how to fix it, at what cost, and how to prepare for the future when other decades-old flaws are found.

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Why March/April 2018 Will Be An Important Decision Point For Microsoft's Windows 10 Strategy

Mon, 22 January 2018 - By

Recently on our blog, we published a list of must-know Windows release and end-of-life dates to keep them top of mind through to January of 2020. We did this because the Windows 10 Servicing timeline can get very confusing and IT pros are struggling to keep up with the constant changes in terminology and roadmap.

We picked precisely 24 months from now because that is the date on which extended support for Windows 7 ends, and unless you are willing to risk security breaches, go without support, or pay a premium for a custom support agreement, you have to get your Windows 10 ducks in a row.

However, today I want to turn your attention to another two significant dates: March 13th 2018 — the planned release date of Redstone 4, the next new version of Windows 10 (Version 1803) — and April 10th 2018, the official end of support for the November Update, or Version 1511.

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Windows 10: All Important Release & End-of-Life Dates You Need To Be Aware Of Until Windows 7 End Of Life - Jan 2020

Mon, 15 January 2018 - By

It's been more than two-and-a-half years since Microsoft released Windows 10, its Windows-as-a-Service OS. Thanks to a free upgrade option for consumers and tremendous security improvements, adoption generally has been faster than any other Microsoft operating system.

However, enterprise adoption has been slower than hoped for — partially due to the constant changes and confusion around the update release and end-of-life dates, branching/servicing name changes/deletions, as well as a change in major (feature) update frequency to better align with the Office365 release cycle and so forth.

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10 Ways To Sell Windows 10 Transformation To Your Business Units

Mon, 01 January 2018 - By

Before co-founding Juriba, I was a Vice President within the Global Technology Infrastructure division at JPMorganChase, managing an extended team of more than 200 people. This was nearly 10 years ago, but I was struggling with the same problem as you are probably dealing with right now: selling an OS upgrade to my business units.

When the time came to talk to our business units about upgrading, I was met with hesitation, frustration, and persistent stalling tactics. As soon as the words "Windows migration" and "PC migration project" came out of my mouth, you could feel the tension in the room rise. I get it. Large migration projects can disrupt or even jar the usual flow of business activities, they require a large chunk of budget and dedicated resource, and the productivity loss and user disruption due to the rollout and initial learning curve can be significant. The downsides can certainly seem to outweigh the benefits, especially if you have revenue generating priorities to balance off against.

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10 Steps For A Successful Windows 10 or Office 365 Migration Using A Service Integrator

Mon, 20 November 2017 - By

Last week, we spoke about how to negotiate a successful Windows 10 or Office 365 migration deal with a service integrator. But what happens once the contracts are signed? Should you sit back and let them take the reigns completely or is there something you can do to ensure the success of this project?

Some enterprises assume that because they just hired an expert organization to take this project off their hands, they can simply drop the ball and let the integrator pick it up and run with it. But while your outsourcer brings a tremendous value to the table, it is completely unrealistic to expect that they will do the best job possible without associated input from your side.

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How To Negotiate A Windows 10 Or Office 365 Migration Deal With Your System Integrator

Tue, 14 November 2017 - By

On January 14th, 2020, the extended support for Windows 7 ends, which means that enterprises have about 26 months to fully roll out Windows 10. Similarly, Microsoft expects that at least two-thirds of its Office business customers will move to Office 365 by fiscal year 2019. Since a migration project of that size will take, on average, more than 124 man weeks to complete, it is about high time to get serious about upgrading!

According to our own research, only 44% of organizations are set on managing this IT Transformation internally; 28% are about to issue a Request-for-Proposal, 14% have not decided yet, and 14% have already engaged with a service integrator to outsource this massive project.

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Understanding The Office 365 Servicing Timeline (As of 11/07/17)

Wed, 08 November 2017 - By

On April 20th, 2017, Microsoft announced that it will make big changes regarding Office 365 ProPlusThe first part of the announcement detailed new system requirements, such as the need for all Office 365 ProPlus and Office perpetual in mainstream support to be connected to Office 365 services by 2020. However, the second part of the announcement created a much bigger stir among IT professionals: Microsoft has aligned the Windows 10 release schedules and support lifecycles with those of Office 365 ProPlus because customers have "asked us to simplify the update process and to improve the coordination between Office and Windows." 

Even though your organization most likely has a subscription to Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E5, you should be familiar with the recently announced ProPlus update model. E3 and E5 include the on-premise version of the Microsoft Office Suite with the regular 10-year support agreement. However, Microsoft is making continuous updates to its Office suite — putting enterprises more and more behind the eight-ball. Since this elongated lifecycle won't be a sustainable support strategy going forward, especially for those using a combination of local installs and browser based use, we believe these updates will eventually be carried through to other O365 versions. Therefore, you should start preparing now for what is surely to come in the next few years.

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How To Enable Your IT Department To Support Your Digital Business Transformation Efforts

Thu, 04 May 2017 - By

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO of Dell EMC Services, a.k.a. the “Dean of Big Data” and the author of several books on the same subject, recently published an interesting article entitled Driving Digital Business Transformation. In his article, he mentioned how he starts every client relationship by asking about the organization's effectiveness of leveraging data and analytics to power the business." He does this because his client's answers often reveal crucial information about the organization's ability to achieve digital business transformation.

As tidal-shift megatrends, such as social networks, mobile, cloud, and big data transform every aspect of our lives, organizations must adapt their key business processes to deliver the exceptional customer experiences their consumers have come to expect. Only those companies that adapt fast enough and stay sufficiently agile will leap ahead of their competition. The rest will wither away. That is what Digital Business Transformation is all about. 

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How To Accelerate Your Enterprise Office 365 Migration With Microsoft FastTrack

Tue, 27 December 2016 - By

If you are in the process of purchasing — or you have just purchased — an Office 365 subscription for your enterprise organization, you are probably already fretting about how you will handle this massive migration to the new platform!

As you have probably heard from your Microsoft representative or reselling partner of choice, Microsoft offers free migration assistance called FastTrack for all eligible subscriptions over 50 seats. FastTrack offers best practice guidance, tools and, for larger clients, even remote migration assistance to get you onto the Office 365 subscription in the fastest possible timeframe.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Juriba has worked side-by-side with the FastTrack team to migrate more than 100,000 mailboxes. But Office 365 customers are often confused about how to tackle the next planning steps once the ink on the contract has dried.

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Security or Performance? Spectre & Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Down Older PCs

Mon, 05 February 2018 - By

2018 started with a bang for those in cyber-security — and almost everyone else running a device that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM chip made from the mid-nineties till today. News broke (and spread like wildfire) that three security flaws, named Spectre (Variant 1 and 2) and Meltdown, could be exploited by ransomware and other malicious code to extract sensitive information by utilizing the chip's way to speed up processing. 

The intricacies of how this works and why this has not been made known before have been discussed at large by much bigger cyber-security experts than myself. After giving you the must-know facts about Spectre and Meltdown, I'd much rather focus on who's affected, how to fix it, at what cost, and how to prepare for the future when other decades-old flaws are found.

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6 IT Challenges Most Organizations Will Struggle With To Enable  Digital Business Transformation

Wed, 06 September 2017 - By

When it comes to technology, one thing is true: change is constant. In fact, technology today is changing faster than ever before. It changes the way we pay, shop, interact with other people, and even how we work. For businesses, this means they have to adapt — and fast — to exceed their shoppers' expectations by providing an outstanding omni-channel and digitally supported customer experience. Companies across all industries have to constantly push the innovation envelope to reach new customers and keep existing ones from wandering off to the competition. 

Despite the political and economic uncertainties within the past 12 months, CEOs around the globe are prioritizing growth (58%) — a huge jump from last year's 42%.  These growth innovations to improve customer experience and save costs are commonly known as "Digital Business Transformation" and often target a plethora of opportunities to outpace your competitors and reap untold savings. But achieving successful transformation is a journey full of potential roadblocks. In this blog we look at what those roadblocks are, and how to avoid them.

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DaaS - We've Had Desktop, But How About Device As A Service?

Thu, 24 November 2016 - By

In the last few years, enterprise IT departments have faced a unique set of challenges: On the one hand, they have morphed from a supporting entity to a business enabler, and are maintaining increasingly complex IT landscapes whilst battling significantly larger cyber security threats than ever before. On the other hand, they have to manage more change with fewer resources and stagnant or minimally-increasing budgets.

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Why Now Is The Right Time To (Re-)Consider Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Fri, 30 September 2016 - By

A few weeks ago, we spoke about the Digital Workplace and how it came a long way from being an abstract concept that a lot of companies saw value in, but did not have the technology to support their needs properly, to becoming a reality for a lot of enterprises as they embraced server-hosted virtual desktops.

As organizations are now embarking on their Windows 10 migrations, as well as considering Evergreen IT as a long-term IT goal in order to become more agile, scalable and flexible, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is experiencing a technology-induced revival. It's been a much slower adoption than many analysts expected, but more companies are now virtualizing desktops than ever before!

Gartner expected the hosted virtual desktop market to grow to 76 million users by the end of this year. And it seems the growth is not slowing down anytime soon. Most analysts forecast anywhere from 8.9% CAGR (IDC for the entire VCC market) up to 27% (depending on the analysts' definition of VDI) during the period 2016-2020. 

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3 Millennials-Related Considerations To Take Into Account Regarding Your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Mon, 26 September 2016 - By

As more and more enterprises are starting to embrace Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to save costs, tighten security and improve manageability and compliance as well as give their employees more device flexibility and accessibility options, many fail to consider the generational change in the workforce that is happening right now. 

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Is Bimodal IT The Answer To Your Windows-as-a-Service Management Problem?

Wed, 14 February 2018 - By

If you look at how IT traditionally spent its investment dollars, there would be a distinct requirement for a positive return on investment by the end of the first three years. Many were long-term IT investments that would determine how you would operate in the next ten to twelve years, and resulted in the definition of many established IT management practices.

But those ancient IT processes and policies used to manage legacy apps are inadequate to handle modern technology updates. Today, most enterprises are much more agile, having moved applications into the cloud, or utilizing the power of Software-as-a-Service. However, most are still maintaining a layer of dinosaur legacy applications and other mission-critical on-premise software in massive data centers. Since most IT organizations are unable or unwilling to change how they manage IT, they still use IT processes and policies that date back more than twenty years!

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Security or Performance? Spectre & Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Down Older PCs

Mon, 05 February 2018 - By

2018 started with a bang for those in cyber-security — and almost everyone else running a device that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM chip made from the mid-nineties till today. News broke (and spread like wildfire) that three security flaws, named Spectre (Variant 1 and 2) and Meltdown, could be exploited by ransomware and other malicious code to extract sensitive information by utilizing the chip's way to speed up processing. 

The intricacies of how this works and why this has not been made known before have been discussed at large by much bigger cyber-security experts than myself. After giving you the must-know facts about Spectre and Meltdown, I'd much rather focus on who's affected, how to fix it, at what cost, and how to prepare for the future when other decades-old flaws are found.

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Why March/April 2018 Will Be An Important Decision Point For Microsoft's Windows 10 Strategy

Mon, 22 January 2018 - By

Recently on our blog, we published a list of must-know Windows release and end-of-life dates to keep them top of mind through to January of 2020. We did this because the Windows 10 Servicing timeline can get very confusing and IT pros are struggling to keep up with the constant changes in terminology and roadmap.

We picked precisely 24 months from now because that is the date on which extended support for Windows 7 ends, and unless you are willing to risk security breaches, go without support, or pay a premium for a custom support agreement, you have to get your Windows 10 ducks in a row.

However, today I want to turn your attention to another two significant dates: March 13th 2018 — the planned release date of Redstone 4, the next new version of Windows 10 (Version 1803) — and April 10th 2018, the official end of support for the November Update, or Version 1511.

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10 Steps For A Successful Windows 10 or Office 365 Migration Using A Service Integrator

Mon, 20 November 2017 - By

Last week, we spoke about how to negotiate a successful Windows 10 or Office 365 migration deal with a service integrator. But what happens once the contracts are signed? Should you sit back and let them take the reigns completely or is there something you can do to ensure the success of this project?

Some enterprises assume that because they just hired an expert organization to take this project off their hands, they can simply drop the ball and let the integrator pick it up and run with it. But while your outsourcer brings a tremendous value to the table, it is completely unrealistic to expect that they will do the best job possible without associated input from your side.

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Understanding The Office 365 Servicing Timeline (As of 11/07/17)

Wed, 08 November 2017 - By

On April 20th, 2017, Microsoft announced that it will make big changes regarding Office 365 ProPlusThe first part of the announcement detailed new system requirements, such as the need for all Office 365 ProPlus and Office perpetual in mainstream support to be connected to Office 365 services by 2020. However, the second part of the announcement created a much bigger stir among IT professionals: Microsoft has aligned the Windows 10 release schedules and support lifecycles with those of Office 365 ProPlus because customers have "asked us to simplify the update process and to improve the coordination between Office and Windows." 

Even though your organization most likely has a subscription to Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E5, you should be familiar with the recently announced ProPlus update model. E3 and E5 include the on-premise version of the Microsoft Office Suite with the regular 10-year support agreement. However, Microsoft is making continuous updates to its Office suite — putting enterprises more and more behind the eight-ball. Since this elongated lifecycle won't be a sustainable support strategy going forward, especially for those using a combination of local installs and browser based use, we believe these updates will eventually be carried through to other O365 versions. Therefore, you should start preparing now for what is surely to come in the next few years.

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Security or Performance? Spectre & Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Down Older PCs

Mon, 05 February 2018 - By

2018 started with a bang for those in cyber-security — and almost everyone else running a device that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM chip made from the mid-nineties till today. News broke (and spread like wildfire) that three security flaws, named Spectre (Variant 1 and 2) and Meltdown, could be exploited by ransomware and other malicious code to extract sensitive information by utilizing the chip's way to speed up processing. 

The intricacies of how this works and why this has not been made known before have been discussed at large by much bigger cyber-security experts than myself. After giving you the must-know facts about Spectre and Meltdown, I'd much rather focus on who's affected, how to fix it, at what cost, and how to prepare for the future when other decades-old flaws are found.

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4 Dead-End Streets To Avoid At All Costs During Your Windows 10 Upgrades

Mon, 14 August 2017 - By

Recently, I had two very different conversations that really struck a chord with me.

The first was with an IT guy from a local firm looking to migrate a couple of thousand users to Windows 10. Even though he could have pulled off a successful migration with a set of spreadsheets and some elbow grease, he wasn't going to risk anything. He was eager to implement our migration project management tool, Dashworks, because he wanted a platform that was going to guarantee him a successful project.

A short while later, I spoke to a young, gung-ho enterprise IT project manager who was tasked to migrate over 80,000 users in a well-known enterprise. He was convinced that he would be "just fine" if he just rewrote the system he had previously used for Windows 7 and hand-cranked a bunch of databases, spreadsheets and sharepoint sites.

Having been part of these kinds of projects for more than a decade, I know which of the two guys sleeps well at night. 

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User Acceptance Testing In A Business-As-Usual Environment

Mon, 07 August 2017 - By

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.

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Dashworks Executive Reporting - Dashboarding

Fri, 08 July 2016 - By

Let me ask you a question. How would it make you feel if your boss, a line of business manager or C-level management was to walk into your office right now or send you a quick email saying "Hi, can you give me a statistical update on our project?"

Most likely, you wouldn't be very happy, right? Some days, that's all you seem to do: manipulating data, generating graphs, preparing PowerPoint presentations or writing email status updates. In reality, there is no such thing as a quick update. Your information consumers all want something slightly different.

It starts with the different information needs. The C-Level management needs a 30,000 level overview that you are on schedule, on budget and what the return-on-investment looks like. They might like to see a visualization of the global progress on a map and some high-level dashboards. The business managers are more interested in a granular view of their department or line of business, while schedulers need a view on their piece of the overall plan. The engineers need a printed-out drop sheet. 

So, how do you serve all these different reporting needs? Easy - with Dashworks Dashboarding.

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Why You Cannot Do Software Asset Lifecycle Management and Application Normalization Without a Software Catalog

Wed, 16 March 2016 - By

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.

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Windows Server 2016 & How It Will Impact Your IT Strategy

Wed, 01 February 2017 - By

On October 15th of 2016, Microsoft released Windows Server 2016. There's been a lot of buzz about the new release, and with good reason! The latest version of the Microsoft server operating system adds some much-needed functionality to Windows environments, as well as a few key security features that previous versions were lacking. If you're not sure whether the hype train is worth getting on, then buckle up.

Here are the top features of Windows Server 2016 that, in our opinion, make it well worth the excitement.

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The Hidden Costs Of Your Aging IT Infrastructure

Mon, 09 January 2017 - By

According to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is expected to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017 — representing a modest annual growth of 2.9%, which is mostly driven by new software purchases ($357 billion) and the cost of IT services ($943 billion). 

That is a lot of money, especially if previous ascertations that 80% of enterprise IT budgets are not directly contributing to enhancing your competitive advantage or growing your business remain true, and are being used to simply keep the lights on!

But while we might have been able to accept that as a fact of life in the past decades, times are changing!

Historically, purchasing expensive hardware, servers and other costly equipment using Capital Expenditure, and stretching the investment as far as it could go before replacing, made financial sense.

However, now with technology infrastructure demand evolving much faster, and the requirement for a consistent and understandable IT budget, that calculation will not add up anymore. Aging infrastructure brings a lot of hidden costs as it results in performance degradation, rising maintenance costs, energy inefficiencies and much more, resulting in the kind of boom-bust budgeting of the past decade.

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How You Can Shorten Your IT Migration Planning Phase From 7 Weeks To 7 Days

Wed, 24 February 2016 - By

Are you dreading your next IT migration project because of all the overtime, late nights and short weekends that your team will face over the next months? Wouldn't it be nice if you could wave a magic wand and all those weeks of tedious pouring over spreadsheets would just magically go away? Unfortunately, we do not have a magic want to give you, but there are ways to significantly (I am talking weeks to even months) shorten you planning phase of your Windows 10 migration project (and other IT transformation projects) by deploying an IT migration project management tool, like Juriba's Dashworks. 

Let's walk through each of the planning phases of a typical Windows 10 enterprise migration project and compare the amount of effort and time it takes to get the job done manually versus with a tool:

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5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need To Consider An IT Project Management Solution

Mon, 22 February 2016 - By

Every organization handles their IT transformation projects differently, depending on their business requirements, applications used, IT team and other available project resources. However, there are some major commonalities when you look at enterprise migration projects larger than 5,000 seats. They are always incredibly complex, costly, and can seemingly take forever if not managed right.

Let's look at a Windows 10 migration as an example. There are different approaches to tackling a project of this scale: You can run it in-house with hand-cranked databases and spreadsheets, you can hire a service provider such as HP Enterprise Services, Atos, Microsoft Consulting Services, Wipro, Fujitsu or HCL to handle the migration on your behalf (they all use Dashworks by the way), or you can deploy Dashworks in-house to enable your team to get organized and stay in control with a central command and control center.

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Irrespective of whether you are opting for keeping the project in-house, or using a service integrator, look out for these tell-tale signs that you should leverage the power of an IT transformation project management tool instead of going it alone.

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The Top 8 Lessons Learnt For Server 2003 Migration

Tue, 21 July 2015 - By

 With the Windows 2003 Server end of life time bomb now passed on July 14th 2015, we thought we would take the time to document our advice for Server 2003 migration project planning activities based on our own server migration experience. Download our Server 2003 Project Plan for free.

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5 Week Step-by-Step Plan On Getting A Head-Start On Your 2018 Windows 10 Migration

Mon, 19 February 2018 - By

2018 will be a big year for enterprise IT teams. As the new year kicked off, most large organizations will start to embark on the long and challenging journey to migrate tens of thousands of assets onto Windows 10 — having waited more than two years after the initial launch date for the new OS to work out its kinks. But now, as the Windows 7 extended support ends in less than two years, 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%!

Read More

Is Bimodal IT The Answer To Your Windows-as-a-Service Management Problem?

Wed, 14 February 2018 - By

If you look at how IT traditionally spent its investment dollars, there would be a distinct requirement for a positive return on investment by the end of the first three years. Many were long-term IT investments that would determine how you would operate in the next ten to twelve years, and resulted in the definition of many established IT management practices.

But those ancient IT processes and policies used to manage legacy apps are inadequate to handle modern technology updates. Today, most enterprises are much more agile, having moved applications into the cloud, or utilizing the power of Software-as-a-Service. However, most are still maintaining a layer of dinosaur legacy applications and other mission-critical on-premise software in massive data centers. Since most IT organizations are unable or unwilling to change how they manage IT, they still use IT processes and policies that date back more than twenty years!

Read More

Security or Performance? Spectre & Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Down Older PCs

Mon, 05 February 2018 - By

2018 started with a bang for those in cyber-security — and almost everyone else running a device that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM chip made from the mid-nineties till today. News broke (and spread like wildfire) that three security flaws, named Spectre (Variant 1 and 2) and Meltdown, could be exploited by ransomware and other malicious code to extract sensitive information by utilizing the chip's way to speed up processing. 

The intricacies of how this works and why this has not been made known before have been discussed at large by much bigger cyber-security experts than myself. After giving you the must-know facts about Spectre and Meltdown, I'd much rather focus on who's affected, how to fix it, at what cost, and how to prepare for the future when other decades-old flaws are found.

Read More

Why March/April 2018 Will Be An Important Decision Point For Microsoft's Windows 10 Strategy

Mon, 22 January 2018 - By

Recently on our blog, we published a list of must-know Windows release and end-of-life dates to keep them top of mind through to January of 2020. We did this because the Windows 10 Servicing timeline can get very confusing and IT pros are struggling to keep up with the constant changes in terminology and roadmap.

We picked precisely 24 months from now because that is the date on which extended support for Windows 7 ends, and unless you are willing to risk security breaches, go without support, or pay a premium for a custom support agreement, you have to get your Windows 10 ducks in a row.

However, today I want to turn your attention to another two significant dates: March 13th 2018 — the planned release date of Redstone 4, the next new version of Windows 10 (Version 1803) — and April 10th 2018, the official end of support for the November Update, or Version 1511.

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10 Ways To Sell Windows 10 Transformation To Your Business Units

Mon, 01 January 2018 - By

Before co-founding Juriba, I was a Vice President within the Global Technology Infrastructure division at JPMorganChase, managing an extended team of more than 200 people. This was nearly 10 years ago, but I was struggling with the same problem as you are probably dealing with right now: selling an OS upgrade to my business units.

When the time came to talk to our business units about upgrading, I was met with hesitation, frustration, and persistent stalling tactics. As soon as the words "Windows migration" and "PC migration project" came out of my mouth, you could feel the tension in the room rise. I get it. Large migration projects can disrupt or even jar the usual flow of business activities, they require a large chunk of budget and dedicated resource, and the productivity loss and user disruption due to the rollout and initial learning curve can be significant. The downsides can certainly seem to outweigh the benefits, especially if you have revenue generating priorities to balance off against.

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Dashworks 5.2 - What You Need To Know

Thu, 08 February 2018 - By

We are excited to introduce you to the latest version of Dashworks, 5.2! This release was focussed on improving the user reporting experience and building out some Evergreen project management features to support the Windows 10, Office 365, BAU application and hardware refresh activities managed perpetually within large organisations. As always, it is thanks to the insightful feedback provided by our customers that has helped drive product innovation and make the drive towards IT transformation and Evergreen IT management a possibility with Juriba Dashworks!

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Security or Performance? Spectre & Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Down Older PCs

Mon, 05 February 2018 - By

2018 started with a bang for those in cyber-security — and almost everyone else running a device that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM chip made from the mid-nineties till today. News broke (and spread like wildfire) that three security flaws, named Spectre (Variant 1 and 2) and Meltdown, could be exploited by ransomware and other malicious code to extract sensitive information by utilizing the chip's way to speed up processing. 

The intricacies of how this works and why this has not been made known before have been discussed at large by much bigger cyber-security experts than myself. After giving you the must-know facts about Spectre and Meltdown, I'd much rather focus on who's affected, how to fix it, at what cost, and how to prepare for the future when other decades-old flaws are found.

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Is Your Organization Ready For Ongoing Self-Service IT Migration? Take Our Quiz To Find Out.

Thu, 14 December 2017 - By

The quality of customer service has a massive impact on how consumers interact with the service provider — whether that provider is an internal department, an outsource partner, or a company providing goods and services externally. Studies have shown that one out of two customers will stop doing business with a company because of a poor service experience.

That is why most consumers, 71% in fact, prefer firms that give them the ability to solve most service issues on their own. While this might not surprise you, it might shock you to know that an astonishing 38% of consumers would rather clean a toilet than speak to a customer service representative!

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10 Steps For A Successful Windows 10 or Office 365 Migration Using A Service Integrator

Mon, 20 November 2017 - By

Last week, we spoke about how to negotiate a successful Windows 10 or Office 365 migration deal with a service integrator. But what happens once the contracts are signed? Should you sit back and let them take the reigns completely or is there something you can do to ensure the success of this project?

Some enterprises assume that because they just hired an expert organization to take this project off their hands, they can simply drop the ball and let the integrator pick it up and run with it. But while your outsourcer brings a tremendous value to the table, it is completely unrealistic to expect that they will do the best job possible without associated input from your side.

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Microsoft Windows Analytics (Upgrade Readiness) vs. Juriba Dashworks (Updated 11/08/17)

Mon, 09 October 2017 - By

One of the most frequent questions we get when we talk to potential customers about tooling is: "What about Microsoft Upgrade Readiness? How does Dashworks compare to that?" It's a very valid question since the Microsoft tool is available free of charge and also built by Microsoft. Since no one knows Windows 10 as well as Microsoft does, one can assume that they also know how to best ready and deploy it using proven industry practices.

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Dashworks 5.2 - What You Need To Know

Thu, 08 February 2018 - By

We are excited to introduce you to the latest version of Dashworks, 5.2! This release was focussed on improving the user reporting experience and building out some Evergreen project management features to support the Windows 10, Office 365, BAU application and hardware refresh activities managed perpetually within large organisations. As always, it is thanks to the insightful feedback provided by our customers that has helped drive product innovation and make the drive towards IT transformation and Evergreen IT management a possibility with Juriba Dashworks!

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On-Demand Webinar: A Strategic Guide To Windows 10 Servicing - Part 2

Fri, 10 November 2017 - By

As promised, here is the second part of Q&As from our Strategic Guide to Windows Servicing webinar. It covered the most critical aspects of the updated Windows 10 Servicing and was hosted by Barry Angell, Co-Founder and CTO of Juriba and Dave Fuller, Product Manager, Windows Servicing Suite, 1E.

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On-Demand Webinar: A Strategic Guide To Windows 10 Servicing

Thu, 02 November 2017 - By

As you move your organization to Windows 10, one of the most important ongoing considerations will be your servicing strategy. Since the choices for Windows 10 Servicing can be confusing, we worked with 1E and presented the Strategic Guide to Windows 10 Servicing webinar.

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Highlights from Microsoft Inspire 2017

Thu, 17 August 2017 - By

Microsoft Inspire is now over and with so many announcements we think it is a good time to collect the big news all in one blog post. Many great discussions took place in Washington D.C. in July and with almost 18,000 attendees it was the biggest Microsoft partner event ever! As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in his Vision Keynote address on Day 1, "Attendees at Microsoft Inspire come from 140 different countries, and the joint efforts of all these partners create 17 million jobs worldwide". With so many different technologies and new announcements, let us summarize what we learnt from the show...

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World Wide Technology and Juriba Establish a Powerful Strategic Partnership

Tue, 27 June 2017 - By

Alliance Extends Ability to Deliver Integrated Solutions that Accelerate IT Migrations and Optimize Time and Budget.

LONDON June 27, 2017World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with Juriba, the company that has redefined Enterprise IT Migrations.

“Forging a strategic alliance with Juriba extends our ability to deliver truly innovative, integrated solutions to help our customers manage their IT Migrations, with Juriba Dashworks, WWT CPMigrator® and supporting tools like Tanium giving us a unique stack of technologies and services” said Bob Olwig, WWT’s vice president of business development and innovation.

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Dashworks 5.2 - What You Need To Know

Feb 8, 2018 7:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell

We are excited to introduce you to the latest version of Dashworks, 5.2! This release was focussed on improving the user reporting experience and building out some Evergreen project management features to support the Windows 10, Office 365, BAU application and hardware refresh activities managed perpetually within large organisations. As always, it is thanks to the insightful feedback provided by our customers that has helped drive product innovation and make the drive towards IT transformation and Evergreen IT management a possibility with Juriba Dashworks!

Topics: Company News Dashworks

Security or Performance? Spectre & Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Down Older PCs

Feb 5, 2018 7:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell

2018 started with a bang for those in cyber-security — and almost everyone else running a device that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM chip made from the mid-nineties till today. News broke (and spread like wildfire) that three security flaws, named Spectre (Variant 1 and 2) and Meltdown, could be exploited by ransomware and other malicious code to extract sensitive information by utilizing the chip's way to speed up processing. 

The intricacies of how this works and why this has not been made known before have been discussed at large by much bigger cyber-security experts than myself. After giving you the must-know facts about Spectre and Meltdown, I'd much rather focus on who's affected, how to fix it, at what cost, and how to prepare for the future when other decades-old flaws are found.

Topics: IT Strategy Windows 10/Desktop Migration Application Management Dashworks Evergreen IT Virtual Desktop Infrastructure digital Transformation

Is Your Organization Ready For Ongoing Self-Service IT Migration? Take Our Quiz To Find Out.

Dec 14, 2017 2:41:29 PM / by Barry Angell

The quality of customer service has a massive impact on how consumers interact with the service provider — whether that provider is an internal department, an outsource partner, or a company providing goods and services externally. Studies have shown that one out of two customers will stop doing business with a company because of a poor service experience.

That is why most consumers, 71% in fact, prefer firms that give them the ability to solve most service issues on their own. While this might not surprise you, it might shock you to know that an astonishing 38% of consumers would rather clean a toilet than speak to a customer service representative!

Topics: IT Strategy Dashworks digital Transformation

10 Steps For A Successful Windows 10 or Office 365 Migration Using A Service Integrator

Nov 20, 2017 7:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell

Last week, we spoke about how to negotiate a successful Windows 10 or Office 365 migration deal with a service integrator. But what happens once the contracts are signed? Should you sit back and let them take the reigns completely or is there something you can do to ensure the success of this project?

Some enterprises assume that because they just hired an expert organization to take this project off their hands, they can simply drop the ball and let the integrator pick it up and run with it. But while your outsourcer brings a tremendous value to the table, it is completely unrealistic to expect that they will do the best job possible without associated input from your side.

Topics: Office 365 Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks Evergreen IT

Microsoft Windows Analytics (Upgrade Readiness) vs. Juriba Dashworks (Updated 11/08/17)

Oct 9, 2017 7:13:00 AM / by Barry Angell

One of the most frequent questions we get when we talk to potential customers about tooling is: "What about Microsoft Upgrade Readiness? How does Dashworks compare to that?" It's a very valid question since the Microsoft tool is available free of charge and also built by Microsoft. Since no one knows Windows 10 as well as Microsoft does, one can assume that they also know how to best ready and deploy it using proven industry practices.

Topics: IT Strategy Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks Evergreen IT

Enterprise Windows 10 Migration Assessment: Real-World Findings from the Front Lines

Jul 12, 2017 8:17:00 AM / by Barry Angell

According to the latest Gartner Report, 85% of enterprises are planning to migrate to Windows 10 by the end of 2017. I think this number won't pan out to be that high because realistically, IT Transformation project of this size and complexity take anywhere from 44 to 124 man-weeks to complete and large organizations aren't as far along in their readiness tasks as they think they are, 

But regardless of whether 70% of businesses complete their upgrade, or 85% of them are able to tackle the majority of the rollout this year, many organizations are becoming serious about starting as soon as possible! One of the biggest hurdles that project managers face when trying to get out of the gates fast, is that they struggle with understanding what they are getting themselves into. And rightfully so. For example,

  • How are you going to put together a project budget if you have to base it on a vague idea or a guesstimate? 
  • Do you know exactly how many of your PCs are compatible, can be refurbished, or need to be replaced?
  • How many, and which resources you need if you don't know how many applications you will need to test, rewrite, or retire?

Most project managers don't have any means to get this kind of information at the start of the project. This creates a classic catch-22 situation: To kick off the project, you need budget and resources, but to get budget and resources, you need to know what you are dealing with. That's why we have partnered with HP, HPE, DXC and BDNA to build a low cost, fast value technology service to provide our clients with a full, simple to understand Windows 10 Assessment. Today, we want to share some of the real-world findings from these assessments, to help inform your decisions and hopefully ease the planning process. 

Topics: IT Strategy Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks

Tool Requirements For Optimal Windows-as-a-Service Management

Jun 29, 2017 8:02:00 AM / by Barry Angell

(Updated: This article was updated September 15th, 2017 to reflect the terminology changes. Please also note that Microsoft has extended support for versions 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 for an additional 6 months for all enterprise and educational customers.)

You probably heard about the malware attack WannaCry 2 just a few weeks ago that held 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries, including devices at the Britain’s National Health Service, at ransom. The thing is, this attack was entirely preventable — and I am not speaking about the NSA or WikiLeaks. Microsoft issued a fix for this vulnerability days before it spread like wildfire. 

Unfortunately, cybercrime and data breaches are becoming the norm. According to the Global Economic Crime Survey, 32% of companies said they were the victims of cybercrime in 2016. Because we are relying more on data and connectivity, the consequences of cybercrime are severe — costing us up to $2 trillion by 2019These increased security threats have affected Windows 10 in two ways:

  • First, Microsoft significantly improved the security of Windows 10 and designed the new OS as a Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) — forcing enterprises as well as other customers to update frequently and often. As we have seen from the WannaCry attack, a safe OS version isn't doing you any good unless you have it installed.  
  • Secondly, the improved security measures and the continuous commitment to fixing vulnerabilities are significant drivers for enterprise adoption — making it the fastest adopted operating system yet. 

To maintain Windows-as-a-Service, Microsoft releases new feature releases twice a year and monthly quality updates which are managed by servicing channels. 

(To learn more about Windows Servicing check out our always up-to-date guide.)

Topics: Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks Evergreen IT

Reality Check: Can Windows 10 Reduce Your IT Costs?

Jun 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM / by Barry Angell

According to Gartner, 85% of enterprises are planning to get their Windows 10 migration under way before the year is out — making the newest version of Microsoft's operating system the fastest adopted release yet. While most of this velocity is driven by increasing security concerns, Jason Leznek, Director of Windows Commercial Product Marketing, believes it is more than that:

"We designed Windows 10 to be the most secure Windows ever, ease management efforts and create more personal and productive computing experiences across devices. Customer satisfaction is at an all-time high because of the security and productivity features, which are behind the strong adoption and overall satisfaction."

And to fuel the enthusiasm about Windows 10, Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the subject which we want to take a closer look at today.

Topics: Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks

How To Enable Your IT Department To Support Your Digital Business Transformation Efforts

May 4, 2017 8:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO of Dell EMC Services, a.k.a. the “Dean of Big Data” and the author of several books on the same subject, recently published an interesting article entitled Driving Digital Business Transformation. In his article, he mentioned how he starts every client relationship by asking about the organization's effectiveness of leveraging data and analytics to power the business." He does this because his client's answers often reveal crucial information about the organization's ability to achieve digital business transformation.

As tidal-shift megatrends, such as social networks, mobile, cloud, and big data transform every aspect of our lives, organizations must adapt their key business processes to deliver the exceptional customer experiences their consumers have come to expect. Only those companies that adapt fast enough and stay sufficiently agile will leap ahead of their competition. The rest will wither away. That is what Digital Business Transformation is all about. 

Topics: Office 365 Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks

3 Things Every LoB Manager Should Demand From IT During An IT Transformation Project

May 1, 2017 8:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell

 It's finally here: After years of putting up with that outdated system, you've finally got the green light for switching to Office 365, implementing a new platform like Windows 10, or rolling out a new communication technology like Skype for Business across your business unit.

You can't wait to get your hands on that new tech that you know will make your job easier and your employees more productive. But beware, it's easy to focus on the greener pastures ahead and become impatient with the rollout, or even take matters into your own hands. Can you really do this quicker yourselves as a business unit, and is that the right approach for your organization. Often, if you don't work with IT on the implementation, it can have disastrous consequences for all involved.

The most successful IT migration projects are those that strike a balance between IT control and business demand. So before we dive deep into what line-of-business managers should demand from IT, let's look at why this partnership is so vital to IT transformation success.

Topics: IT Strategy Dashworks