Last week, I introduced our Evergreen IT Process Framework which introduced a generalized framework of processes that can be applied to any Evergreen IT use case, whether it is a hardware refresh, an application lifecycle management, a VDI migration, or any other project. Many of you found the blog post useful. To make it even more actionable for you, I wanted to share with you some ideas on how to build an optimized tool stack around this process framework.
Aug 14, 2020 7:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
If you have read any of our content before, you know that having a repeatable, industrialized process is the very foundation for Evergreen IT Management success. By now, most organizations have dipped their toes into Evergreen IT by creating such a process for Windows 10 Servicing, and after more than five years since the release of the first Windows 10 version, the vast majority of organizations should have a good idea of what the process should look like or better, have a formalized process in place.
Jul 23, 2020 8:15:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Desktop Analytics is a toolset that is gaining traction in the enterprise space with organizations looking to leverage compatibility, performance and health data to drive their ongoing Windows 10 management. We are really exited about how we can action Desktop Analytics insight within our Dashworks platform, so we thought it was an opportune moment to update on some real world experience of the new Microsoft tooling.
One of our larger customers recently installed Desktop Analytics to use it as a source of supplemental data to manage their Windows 7 and Windows 10 1803 migration to Windows 10 1909. It is a large customer (>10,000 seats) with a significant number of applications.
Jun 24, 2020 2:13:35 PM / by Barry Angell
Co-ordinating the testing of hundreds or thousands of enterprise applications against a new operating system or patch release has long been the bane of many an application manager's life. But now there is a new approach. Smoke testing can provide a quick, inexpensive, and minimally disruptive way to run your applications through an automated test, verifying that the most essential (or core) functionalities are working as expected. Successfully implemented, it is a crucial part of your Evergreen IT strategy.
While the core principles and outcomes of smoke testing in the Evergreen IT context remain the same as with your initial OS image build testing, it is worth walking through the fundamentals of smoke testing as it pertains to your Evergreen IT strategy. I will also outline the resulting benefits, the required steps, and best practices to perform some testing as part of Evergreen IT Management.
May 19, 2020 8:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Instinctively, we all know that keeping our IT environment up-to-date is a good thing. Yet, despite the fact that the enterprise market is, by now, over the peak of initial Windows 10 migrations, many organizations still haven't found a good upgrade rhythm for the ongoing updates.
We call this perpetual updating of assets 'Evergreen IT'. Oftentimes, traditional migration teams handed things over to their Business-as-Usual counterparts once the initial migration was completed without having established Evergreen IT methodologies or processes in place to properly maintain the environment. Therefore, it often falls on the BAU team to not only create scalable, repeatable, and industrialized processes, but also sell Evergreen IT Management principles to their internal customers after-the-fact.
If you are in that position, we would like to make that sales job easier for you. To help, we have compiled a list of the most significant Evergreen IT Management advantages that your boss and your internal customers will want to hear about!
May 1, 2020 7:17:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Did you know that 76% of statistics are made up on the spot?
Okay, I just made that up. But all kidding aside, as with all new and emerging technology and management approaches, having reliable data insights is essential for rallying internal support and buy-in for Evergreen IT. So we combed through dozens of analyst reports and industry surveys to collate the most important statistics for you from an Evergreen IT standpoint so you don’t have to.
The concept of containers has been a hot topic for those in the server space, but less so in the End-User technology space where Juriba spends its time. However, this is beginning to change with some desktop infrastructure type services now supporting the concept of containers to scale in the cloud. When most people think of containerization, they think of Kubernetics or Docker. But did you ever think about Microsoft or Windows and containerization?
As this technology is increasingly important in the Microsoft universe, we thought it might be useful to take a few minutes to go through the basics of containers and explain how containerization differs from virtualization before diving into what Microsoft has been working on.
Apr 2, 2020 8:15:00 AM / by Barry Angell
All enterprises have a dirty, not-so-little secret: their legacy applications. In fact, more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies still rely on legacy technologies and services to carry out mission-critical tasks.
You know, those boring, often deeply embedded business applications that were developed over ten years ago to serve a specific business scenario and have been maintained, tweaked, and adapted ever since? They have worked dependably for decades, users are familiar with them, and often a ridiculous amount of critical business process logic and intrinsic knowledge is encoded in them with little to no way to extract it.
Mar 19, 2020 12:05:00 PM / by Barry Angell
A few years back, I wrote an article called "Why Evergreen IT Must Be Part Of Your Long-Term IT Strategy" which has been one of our most popular blog articles. It defined Evergreen IT as the "perpetual migration of end-user software, hardware and associated services such as mailboxes, telephony, file storage and the infrastructure supporting the technology".
The article also outlined that in order to be successful you have to do three things: 1) implement organizational change, 2) optimize your processes, and 3) invest in technology to manage it all. Those are the three cornerstones on which successful Evergreen IT Management is built.
Mar 16, 2020 1:45:22 PM / by Barry Angell
A few weeks ago, we walked through a detailed cost calculation of running an Evergreen IT-managed Windows 10 upgrade cycle. We were able to demonstrate significant savings while stressing the point of needing dedicated resources and budget despite the common perception. We felt like we were only telling you half of the story, so here's the other half: the calculation changes when you add more Evergreen IT projects into the mix!
The thing is, Evergreen IT is like a flywheel. It spins faster if you apply force and slows down when you apply friction. By managing more Evergreen IT projects utilizing the same centralized management platform and standardized processes, you create velocity that spins your Evergreen IT process faster — resulting in significantly higher return-on-investment and potential savings.