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.
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
Mar 18, 2019 8:05:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Over the last 12+ months, Microsoft has changed the EOL dates of its Windows 10 versions — some of them multiple times, leading to confusion as to when specific versions are actually going to finish their support cycle. A lot of the confusion is due to the following facts:
Many of our customers have signed up for Microsoft's free FastTrack service that they are eligible for if they purchased certain enterprise versions of Microsoft 365, Windows 10, or Office 365. But they are also confused about what it is for, what to expect, and how to get the most out of it — and concrete information about the exact details are sometimes hard to find.
To save you the time and effort, we scoured dozens of the latest Microsoft Ignite sessions, documentation pages, and supplemental material to give you the most comprehensive overview of what the Microsoft FastTrack service is, what its goals and objectives are, what you can expect in terms of the process, and what the responsibilities are. Lastly, we looked at the overlap and where it integrates with Juriba's Dashworks solution and visualized it all in a handy infographic:
Over the last few weeks, we took a closer look at Microsoft's Modern IT Vision — in particular at Microsoft Autopilot improvements announced at Ignite and the new Device-as-a-Service offering, Microsoft Managed Desktops. Earlier this year, we also gave on overview of what Microsoft's version of Modern IT really is supposed to look like and answered the question if Microsoft's Modern IT Vision and Co-Management will replace traditional image-based management anytime soon.
While these articles tackle different aspects of an IT management approach as described (or prescribed) by Microsoft's future visions, I always try to distinguish between what is marketing and what is reality for enterprises now and the near future. And in this case, Microsoft is telling us what the future will look like, but enterprises still have a long way to go until this could become reality for them. To help bridge that gap, I want to showcase today how Juriba fits into this whole picture and how our Evergreen IT Management solution, Dashworks, can smooth the transition for you.
Jan 2, 2019 7:31:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Did you know that 51% to 60% of government core business applications were implemented between 1990 and 20091 — making them between ten to thirty years old? While government institutions might be the extreme, from my experience I can safely say that financial services, manufacturing, and other legacy system-heavy industries are not lagging much behind.
It is for this reason that some enterprises considered implementing Microsoft's Long-Term Servicing Channel as a convenient escape route from the mandatory Windows-as-a-Service upgrade pace. While an Operating System is certainly not a legacy application, some organizations seem to think so. According to a Dimension Research report, one in five companies with more than 5,000 employees planned to deploy the LTSC in 2017 — that is a massive increase of 27 percent compared to 2016.
(In contrast, according to InfoTech's reporting, LTSC is at MOST 2% of all devices.)
Shortly after releasing Windows 10 on July 29th 2015, Microsoft's former VP Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, announced that in the next two to three years (mid-2018), Windows 10 would be the first platform version on any device that would be available on one billion devices.
Today, about 39 months later and after navigating a rocky road paved with (at first) free upgrade incentives and then forced updates, Windows 10 is running on more than 700 million devices. While that's still far away from the 1 billion devices goal, they are inching closer.
Below, I have collated the most important statistics in one handy post:
Nov 12, 2018 8:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Traditional IT infrastructures are often loosely connected, relatively fragmented, and highly complex — making them incredibly difficult, labor-intensive, and therefore costly to maintain and update. Over the years, this led to compounding IT debt, Shadow IT organizations, and uncontrollable application sprawl — eating up a large chunk of enterprise IT budgets just to maintain status-quo.
Until now, this was a necessary evil organizations felt they had to put up with. But the situation has changed. Enterprises are prioritizing Digital Transformation initiatives and have moved to Windows 10, Office 365, and other Software-as-a-Service solutions. The heavy ballast created by traditional IT management makes it impossible for them to keep up with this faster pace of change. As a result, IT feels torn between providing tangible business value and keeping the infrastructure secure and up-to-date.
What was the most impactful announcement for your organization at Microsoft's Ignite this year? For me, it was probably Michael Niehaus' session on Windows Autopilot, the software giant's new way to dynamically provision devices. While Autopilot isn't new — in fact, it was announced with the release of Windows 10 version 1703 over a year ago — it now has some new features and significant improvements that are worth mentioning.
If you missed it at Ignite or you don't want to sit through 75 minutes watching the recording, I summarized the most important points for you below. In addition, I sprinkled in some real-world insights I have gleaned from several customers who have tried it.
Microsoft Just Announced (Another!) Windows-as-a-Service Support Model Change - What Does It Mean For You?
Sep 12, 2018 7:05:22 PM / by Barry Angell
If you, like many others, have been struggling to keep up with the constant modifications the Windows-as-a-Service support model has undergone since its initial release, you know that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus was right when he said: “Change is the only constant in life.”
Well, now there is a new change — I believe it is the fifth major update Microsoft has made to its Windows 10 Servicing model — but this one will be well received by most IT Pros.
On September 6, 2018, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing, announced in an article entitled "Helping customers shift to a modern desktop" posted on the Microsoft 365 blog, that it will (yet again) make changes to its Windows 10 support cycles for Enterprise and Education editions.
Aug 27, 2018 7:21:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Ever since the introduction of Microsoft's Windows Analytics service, Microsoft has been working hard to convince enterprise IT admins to manage their Windows 10 migration and later service upgrades using this free service. But while the idea sounds appealing (and who doesn't like a free lunch), there are many questions and concerns IT admins have, such as:
- Will Upgrade Readiness give me the level of information I need, in the way I need it, to make an informed decision?
- How can I best leverage insights from Upgrade Readiness to fuel my automated scheduling and rollout?
- Is this data suitable for other stakeholders and business unit managers to offer sufficient transparency?
These are just three of many questions we often hear from our customers, and today I am thrilled to announce that Juriba is announcing a new Dashworks Connector for Upgrade Readiness.