Do you dread having to pitch Windows 10 Service Management to your executives? Will they perceive it as yet another service they have to dole out cash for or think it is Business-as-Usual and not understand why you need additional resources and budget to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 every six to twelve months?
Jun 24, 2019 7:55:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Jun 20, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
When today's CIO talks about Digital Transformation, they are looking at a huge number of IT initiatives to increase productivity, reduce cost, improve agility and deliver the best experience to customers.
With so many market options, our CIOs are spending a lot of time and energy on scouting out new technology to enable their Digital Transformation initiatives. But it is also an opportunity to look at our own end user platforms and ensure that our own employees are as productive as possible and also receiving the best possible IT experience. This trend results in a surge of popularity for cloud computing, virtualization, and Evergreen IT — often complicating future platform choices!
Although the decision regarding which physical or virtual platforms your end users will be running on is important as it directly impacts the productivity of your employees, it is often neglected in the planning process or treated as an afterthought.
On May 30 and July 2, Juriba's CTO, Barry Angell, presented a session entitled 'How to get your executive management fired up about Evergreen IT after your Windows 10 migration' at the Ivanti Windows 10 Summit. The conference was hosted entirely online and it is still available to watch on-demand.
May 28, 2019 8:25:00 AM / by Barry Angell
It is easy to get caught up in Microsoft's marketing message that tells us application compatibility with Windows 10 isn't an issue any more. In fact, Microsoft claims that 99% of all Windows 7 applications run on Windows 10 — based on its extensive telemetry data. As an IT manager responsible for migrating tens or even hundreds of thousands of users to Windows 10, we want to believe it because it would make our life so much easier. We all drank the Kool-Aid.
But unfortunately, the real world doesn't look quite as rosy for our enterprise organizations. I sat down with Greg Lambert, a long time friend and the CEO of our long-time partners Application Readiness, to take a look at some numbers around real-world app compatibility issues that enterprises and other large organizations are facing both with Windows 10 transformation and Windows 10 Servicing, and why they could be so much more difficult today than they were only five years ago. Here is what we found:
May 9, 2019 7:55:00 AM / by Barry Angell
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Jan 22, 2019 3:26:56 PM / by Barry Angell
On September 6th, 2018, Microsoft announced two new resources to enable its customers to adopt its Modern IT Vision: Desktop Analytics, a cloud-based inventory management and application compatibility assessment tool, and Desktop App Assure, a new FastTrack service that is designed to address any application compatibility issues when upgrading to and updating Windows 10.
While Desktop Analytics is very straight-forward, we have seen a lot of confusion and uncertainty around what Desktop App Assure is — and what it isn't. Therefore, I am going to pick apart the marketing language and peel back the layers of this new service, lay out its benefits and limitations, and describe some scenarios where it could be very beneficial or insufficient.