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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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The Impact Of Managing Branching Upgrades With Windows 10 Deployment Rings

Mon, 24 July 2017 - By

Now that most enterprises are in the process of migrating to Windows 10, IT project managers are starting to look beyond the initial rollout project and turn their attention on how to maintain the new OS. Since Windows 10 departed from Microsoft's tried and true 3-4 year release schedule in favor of a modern Windows-as-a-Service model, pushing several new versions a year, maintenance will be continuous and iterative. In other words, you had better get ready to manage a lot of change, all of the time!

As you might know, Microsoft has, after much confusion and frustration, recently clarified its version release timelines. Starting in September with the Fall Creators Update (expected version 1709), Microsoft will align its Windows 10 versions with the Office 365 and SCCM support cycles and ship one major upgrade in March and in September. Furthermore, the announcement outlined the new support timelines: Each new OS version will be supported for 18 months. Since Microsoft will support multiple branches at once, you don’t need to move all devices to the same branch at the same time. But beware, this has major consequences for both your Windows 10 release adoption strategy, and your deployment strategy. 

While we previously talked at length about how to understand the Windows 10 Branching timeline, we want to focus today on Windows 10 deployment rings.

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Zero-Touch Deployments With Microsoft AutoPilot

Tue, 18 July 2017 - By

Getting a new work PC should be a “magical experience for an employee,” as it shows the employee that he or she is valued and that the organization is investing in his or her productivity and user experience — at least according to Microsoft's marketing material. You might think that this refers to working in Windows 10 or Office 365, but the software giant is taking it even one step further: to the unboxing of a brand new PC! 

Microsoft recently announced a new zero-touch, self-service deployment service called AutoPilot. It sets out to empower IT to customize the Windows 10 out-of-box-experience. This announcement does not come entirely unexpected as the last Windows 10 updates already included enhancements and improvements to prepare for this step. 

Also part of the announcements were exciting Mobile Device Management enhancements as well as the new Device Health features (agent to optimize UX on Windows) in Windows Analytics. 

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

Wed, 12 July 2017 - By

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. 

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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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The Basics of Planning an Enterprise Office 365 Migration

Mon, 28 November 2016 - By

There is no question that Office 365 is taking the productivity world by storm.

According to a new study by Bitglass that scanned the cloud environment of more than 120,000 companies, 59% of organizations are using either Google Apps for Business or Microsoft's Office 365. Microsoft's cloud productivity suite is clearly leading the pack and not only continues to gain market share every day but is expected to gain even faster traction as Microsoft just announced Office 365 Teams — coined the "Slack Killer" — to fend off the third largest cloud-based enterprise productivity solution.

For 2017, Microsoft has big plans. The software giant just announced their Q1/2017 quarterly results. They also revealed that their annualized revenue run rate for commercial cloud products is slated to exceed $13 billion! And Microsoft isn't done yet. The company's goal is to reach the $18 billion milestone by the end of June 2018. 

While Azure is growing a lot faster than Office 365, the productivity suite is an important part of Microsoft's cloud offering. At its Ignite conference, Microsoft announced that the product is now utilized by “over 85 million” active users. That is 15 million more active users since April and equates to a year-over-year growth of 40%. At that rate, this number will exceed the 100 million mark in early 2017!

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Office 365 and Windows 10: Your Stepping Stones To A Successful Evergreen IT Implementation

Fri, 14 October 2016 - By

For many years, Evergreen IT has been imagined by many CTO's and CIO's as the cure-all for their IT management issues. But sadly, many organizations have tried and failed to implement Evergreen IT, and seemingly nobody got close to achieving the goal until now.

However, with organizations migrating to technology such as Windows 10 and Office 365, the building blocks for successful Evergreen IT Implementations are there, and achieving it is becoming more likely.

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To understand why, let's first have a look at why previous efforts to build Evergreen IT have failed:

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Which Office 365 Service Is Right For Your Business?

Tue, 04 October 2016 - By

Choosing the right Office 365 offering for your business can be confusing.

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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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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. 

Read More

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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The Impact Of Managing Branching Upgrades With Windows 10 Deployment Rings

Mon, 24 July 2017 - By

Now that most enterprises are in the process of migrating to Windows 10, IT project managers are starting to look beyond the initial rollout project and turn their attention on how to maintain the new OS. Since Windows 10 departed from Microsoft's tried and true 3-4 year release schedule in favor of a modern Windows-as-a-Service model, pushing several new versions a year, maintenance will be continuous and iterative. In other words, you had better get ready to manage a lot of change, all of the time!

As you might know, Microsoft has, after much confusion and frustration, recently clarified its version release timelines. Starting in September with the Fall Creators Update (expected version 1709), Microsoft will align its Windows 10 versions with the Office 365 and SCCM support cycles and ship one major upgrade in March and in September. Furthermore, the announcement outlined the new support timelines: Each new OS version will be supported for 18 months. Since Microsoft will support multiple branches at once, you don’t need to move all devices to the same branch at the same time. But beware, this has major consequences for both your Windows 10 release adoption strategy, and your deployment strategy. 

While we previously talked at length about how to understand the Windows 10 Branching timeline, we want to focus today on Windows 10 deployment rings.

Read More

Zero-Touch Deployments With Microsoft AutoPilot

Tue, 18 July 2017 - By

Getting a new work PC should be a “magical experience for an employee,” as it shows the employee that he or she is valued and that the organization is investing in his or her productivity and user experience — at least according to Microsoft's marketing material. You might think that this refers to working in Windows 10 or Office 365, but the software giant is taking it even one step further: to the unboxing of a brand new PC! 

Microsoft recently announced a new zero-touch, self-service deployment service called AutoPilot. It sets out to empower IT to customize the Windows 10 out-of-box-experience. This announcement does not come entirely unexpected as the last Windows 10 updates already included enhancements and improvements to prepare for this step. 

Also part of the announcements were exciting Mobile Device Management enhancements as well as the new Device Health features (agent to optimize UX on Windows) in Windows Analytics. 

Zero-Touch Deployments With Microsoft AutoPilot.png

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Windows 10 Migration Through BAU Hardware Refresh = No Project Required?

Mon, 10 July 2017 - By

Did you know that most organizations run on devices that are between two to four years old — making them a prime candidate for a complete (or partial) hardware refresh initiative on the back of their Windows 10 rollout?

In fact, 31% of all enterprises asked as part of a recent 1E study are planning to rely on swapping out old hardware to migrate to Windows 10. Another 36% of companies plan to combine in-place upgrades and hardware refreshes, while the remaining 33% will do an in-place upgrade. In the large enterprise space, many are looking at a combination of hardware refresh and wipe and load to achieve their rollout plans.

Many big companies are combining their Windows 10 migration (migrating from Windows 7 or earlier to the new operating system) with a hardware refresh (buying new laptops or PCs that come with your image or are imaged on-site). But is it easier to migrate to Microsoft's latest operating system through your Business as Usual (BAU) hardware refresh plans than to manage a big bang rollout? Many IT project managers are asking themselves the same question.

This method is certainly a valid one, but what are the underlying implications? Will it really be easier because you won't need a project? What are the consequences of this approach? Today, we will explore the answers to these questions in more detail as we go through the most common upgrade scenarios and point out some important "gotchas" that go with managing migration as BAU.

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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. 

Read More

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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How Important Is Application Normalization to Your Windows 10 and Evergreen IT Projects?

Mon, 14 March 2016 - By

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.

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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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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. 

Read More

Zero-Touch Deployments With Microsoft AutoPilot

Tue, 18 July 2017 - By

Getting a new work PC should be a “magical experience for an employee,” as it shows the employee that he or she is valued and that the organization is investing in his or her productivity and user experience — at least according to Microsoft's marketing material. You might think that this refers to working in Windows 10 or Office 365, but the software giant is taking it even one step further: to the unboxing of a brand new PC! 

Microsoft recently announced a new zero-touch, self-service deployment service called AutoPilot. It sets out to empower IT to customize the Windows 10 out-of-box-experience. This announcement does not come entirely unexpected as the last Windows 10 updates already included enhancements and improvements to prepare for this step. 

Also part of the announcements were exciting Mobile Device Management enhancements as well as the new Device Health features (agent to optimize UX on Windows) in Windows Analytics. 

Zero-Touch Deployments With Microsoft AutoPilot.png

Read More

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

Wed, 12 July 2017 - By

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. 

Read More

Windows 10 Migration Through BAU Hardware Refresh = No Project Required?

Mon, 10 July 2017 - By

Did you know that most organizations run on devices that are between two to four years old — making them a prime candidate for a complete (or partial) hardware refresh initiative on the back of their Windows 10 rollout?

In fact, 31% of all enterprises asked as part of a recent 1E study are planning to rely on swapping out old hardware to migrate to Windows 10. Another 36% of companies plan to combine in-place upgrades and hardware refreshes, while the remaining 33% will do an in-place upgrade. In the large enterprise space, many are looking at a combination of hardware refresh and wipe and load to achieve their rollout plans.

Many big companies are combining their Windows 10 migration (migrating from Windows 7 or earlier to the new operating system) with a hardware refresh (buying new laptops or PCs that come with your image or are imaged on-site). But is it easier to migrate to Microsoft's latest operating system through your Business as Usual (BAU) hardware refresh plans than to manage a big bang rollout? Many IT project managers are asking themselves the same question.

This method is certainly a valid one, but what are the underlying implications? Will it really be easier because you won't need a project? What are the consequences of this approach? Today, we will explore the answers to these questions in more detail as we go through the most common upgrade scenarios and point out some important "gotchas" that go with managing migration as BAU.

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

Mon, 01 May 2017 - By

 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.

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

Wed, 12 July 2017 - By

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. 

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Tool Requirements For Optimal Windows-as-a-Service Management (Windows 10 Branching)

Thu, 29 June 2017 - By

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. 

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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 branches. Most businesses will adopt the Current Branch for Business which receives updates four months after the Current Branch updates are published. (To learn more about Windows Branching check out our always up-to-date guide.)

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Reality Check: Can Windows 10 Reduce Your IT Costs?

Mon, 19 June 2017 - By

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.

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

Mon, 01 May 2017 - By

 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.

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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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6 Sessions You Should Not Miss At Microsoft Inspire 2017 + 5 Common Booth Questions Pre-Answered

Thu, 08 June 2017 - By

Microsoft's biggest event of the year is now just over one month away and we couldn't be more excited! Not only will we have a booth (#1132), but many of the partners that use our Dashworks software daily will also be there, as well as hopefully some new partners interested in combining their services with our products. Formerly known as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the show was renamed Microsoft Inspire to align with other flagship conferences, including Microsoft Build and Microsoft Ignite.

Microsoft Inspire is scheduled to run July 9 to July 13 in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As usual, current and future partners can look forward to connecting and also attending sessions and Vision Keynotes, which are slated to run from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on July 10-12. The keynotes that have been announced so far are those by Satya Nadella, Ron Huddleston, Judson Althoff, Gavriella Schuster, Toni Townes-Whitley, CVP, Public Sector and Industry; Kirk Koenigsbauer, CVP, Office Marketing, who will be presenting at the Verizon Center. Also, make sure you don't miss this year's Partner Celebration with Carrie Underwood on July 12 from 7 to 10.30pm at the Nationals park!

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Dashworks 5.1 - What You Need To Know

Tue, 25 April 2017 - By

Juriba is proud to announce our first major product update of 2017: Dashworks 5.1! Having readied more than 5 million IT assets for migration across various enterprises, we continue to drive significant product innovation to help ensure that for your organization, having the right tools in place to help you get the job done as efficiently as possible, is the key to major IT transformation project success.

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Dashworks Roadmap - 2017 & Beyond

Mon, 06 February 2017 - By

Over the past year we have talked to hundreds of IT professionals. Some are enterprise IT project managers heading up large Windows 10 migration or Office 365 roll out projects, while others are CIOs and CTOs concerned about creating an Evergreen IT environment that will enable them to stay nimble and on top of their IT landscape. Either way, their goal is to drive Digital Transformation as effectively and efficiently as possible.

No matter who we spoke to, there was one common thread in all conversations. Today's IT departments are already stretched thin just trying to chip away at the ever-increasing mountain of compounding IT technical debt. But they also must keep pace with the faster cadence of changes (e.g., Windows 10 Branching, Office 365 additions) and lead the charge of the digital transformation efforts their CEO is demanding and the industry is heading toward — regardless of whether or not they are positioned to do so.

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Windows Server 2016 & How It Will Impact Your IT Strategy

Feb 1, 2017 1:23:47 PM / by Barry Angell

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.

Topics: IT Strategy Server Migration

The Hidden Costs Of Your Aging IT Infrastructure

Jan 9, 2017 5:16:54 PM / by Barry Angell

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.

Topics: IT Strategy Server Migration Evergreen IT

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

Feb 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell

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:

Topics: IT Strategy Windows 10/Desktop Migration Server Migration

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

Feb 22, 2016 5:36:18 PM / by Barry Angell

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.

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.

Topics: IT Strategy Windows 10/Desktop Migration Server Migration

The Top 8 Lessons Learnt For Server 2003 Migration

Jul 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by Barry Angell

 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.

Topics: Server Migration