It is that time again when the end of the calendar year is fast approaching. In the world of technology, 2014 was another disruptive year with thousands of new software versions and upgrades released by software vendors. In this post, we will look back at the most popular Application Readiness blog posts this year. The topics that generated the most interest in the past 12 months were the impending end of life of Windows Server 2003, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and ongoing updates from Microsoft.
Rapid innovation and consumer technology continued to drive the consumerization of IT and employee expectations of enterprise IT departments. The blurring of commercial and enterprise software continued and more lines of business sourced and managed their own applications by passing IT.
The big push to migrate off yet another old and stable operating system began in 2014. After the Windows XP migration, IT departments took a breather, but many are now focused testing applications to migrate their Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012.
Virtualization never gets old. This blog post from July 2012 rounds out the top 3 most visited Application Readiness posts. Application virtualization was a hot topic in 2014 and this post outlines the main benefits of application virtualization.
In 2014 there were many rumors about the next version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, but the most important fact is there will always be another one. Developing an automated Application Readiness Process enables organizations to adapt to the new normal of continual software migrations.
The UK government's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance published short-term guidance for organizations that were unable to fully migrate off Windows XP prior to its end of support in April 2014. The advice was to use Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to isolate the XP operating system and limit it's access to the internet.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure was a topic of interest in 2014 and appears in two of this year’s top ten posts. This post looked at the four important elements you need to be aware of to successfully virtualize the right desktops and the right users.
There’s a growing amount of synergies between IT Service Management (ITSM), Application Readiness and Software License Optimization to ensure the timely and reliable delivery of software to users and optimizing the usage of software within an enterprise.
The top 6 reasons organizations continued to run Windows XP, even as Microsoft ended support for the operating system.
Keeping up with Microsoft's Patch Tuesdays is a big effort for most organization's software deployment teams. Flexera Software AdminStudio Suite 2014 has new capabilities that give administrators the ability to import Windows update files to quickly discover which applications are impacted by the latest Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates.
The next migration on the horizon for many IT departments is the move off Windows Server 2003, which will reach its end of life on July 15, 2015. The transition from Windows Server 2003 offers a significant opportunity to expand the use of application virtualization in your organization, but it too comes with some challenges.