Coming Soon: Access Capture Version 3 — What You Need To Know (Part 1)

I am very excited to share with you that on November 14th, 2019, we are officially launching our new version (V3) of Access Capture, our enterprise application packaging and testing automation solution.

We have added some very exciting features, and there are significant platform changes. I cannot wait to share all the upgrades with you — so I am giving you a two-part preview of the most critical updates.

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Technical Requirements Before Implementing Access Capture For App Packaging & Testing Automation

One of the biggest concerns enterprise IT teams voice when they see Access Capture, our application packaging and testing automation solution, in action for the first time is the amount of work that needs to be done as a prerequisite.

In reality, however, Access Capture supports multiple deployment possibilities and can utilize most, if not all, of your existing infrastructure. In this article, I want to walk you through the technical prerequisites from an infrastructure point of view. I will tackle application readiness and management prerequisites in another article.

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Oracle Now Charges For Java SE Usage & Oracle Java Development Tools Support

For most developers, Java is somewhat the definition of Open Source. Although the story of Java licensing is a long and complicated one, Oracle has certainly now written a new chapter as it will now start charging all non-personal users for the usage and support of its Java SE platform. While Oracle had announced this move a few months back, there has been some updates since.

Starting on April 16th, 2019, Oracle's website informed all non-personal users and developers: "The new Oracle Technology Network License Agreement for Oracle Java SE is substantially different from prior Oracle Java licenses. The new license permits certain uses, such as personal use and development use, at no cost -- but other uses authorized under prior Oracle Java licenses may no longer be available. Please review the terms carefully before downloading and using this product."

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Example Case Study Of Credential Guard & Oracle Java GSS API Support On Windows 10

For the past years, users that have the new Windows 10 security feature, Credential Guard, enabled were experiencing issues when it blocked third-party software from accessing the user's credentials. While not well documented, the biggest issue arises when common Java applications using the JDK for GSS API are not allowed to have access to the tokens anymore and therefore block the Single Sign-On (SSO).

Before we take a closer look at the issue itself, let's go through how Credential Guard works in more detail.

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Application Packaging & Testing Automation: Expectations vs. Reality

When it comes to automation, there is often a big gap between expectation and reality — often in the sense of "all or nothing". For example, doomsday scenarios have been painted and purport that automation is a direct replacement for human labor and will put hundreds of millions out of a job. In reality, only about 7.4% of jobs are actually at risk for being replaced through technology, algorithms, bots, or artificial intelligence.

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It's Make Or Break Decision Time Re: Windows 7 — Here Are Your Options

January 14th, 2020.

That is the date when Windows 7 goes end-of-life and a 10-year era ends — five years for Mainstream Support and five years for Extended Support. In addition, Office 2010 will lose support on October 23rd, 2020.

For years, Microsoft has been actively encouraging (some say nagging) organizations to move to its latest operating system, Windows-as-a-Service, or Windows 10. For example, the recently launched Windows 7 patch (KB4493132) even includes a reminder prompt to upgrade to Windows 10. The summary note reads: "After 10 years of servicing, January 14, 2020, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates for computers running Windows 7 SP1."

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Forget App Compatibility — It's Application Suitability You Should Worry About

Do you remember when Microsoft promised that application compatibility wasn't an afterthought in the development of Windows XP as it was with its predecessor? Or when Microsoft's number one ship criteria was that "applications will just work" even though, on average, more than one out of five (21%) applications weren't compatible? Do you recall when moving to Windows 7 meant going from a 32 bit to 64 bit operating system?

Yes, those were the times when you had to worry about application compatibility big time! That (and the possible business disruption that ensued) was the number one concern when it came to migrating to the next Windows. 

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Strategic Roadmap: Your MSIX Adoption Path With Access Capture

A few days ago, we talked about how mature MSIX really is (18 months away) and how it make sense for some enterprises to do a double hop over App-V to ease the transition. Today, I want to take you on a little journey that will take us three years into the future. 

While Access CAPTURE does already fully support MSIX as a packaging standard, I want to also show you the most effective roadmap to adopting it enterprise-wide over the next years. The ultimate goal is to have you up and running on a smooth Evergreen IT/Windows-as-a-Service Management path by the end of the first year and all your applications in MSIX by the end of year three.

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MSIX Ready For Adoption? Not Yet!

You might have noticed a lot of vendors in the application packaging space shouting from the rooftops that they are supporting MSIX, Microsoft's new packaging format. Anyone who can run an automated PowerShell command to create and convert an app could technically claim MSIX support.

However, it is easy to get carried away with the impression that MSIX is actually READY for adoption. This is a big misconception as we are at least 18 months away from that point! While it is important to start testing and playing around with the new packaging standard, it is far more important to worry about how you will manage until it reaches maturity and how to set yourself up for success once it happens.

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How Will The New Windows 10 Servicing Model Impact Your Application Management Strategy

According to the just released Adaptiva 2018 Windows 10 Enterprise Impact Survey, only 40% (instead of the expected 52%) of organizations have reached their half-way milestone in their initial Windows 10 migration by now.

The biggest hurdles they are experiencing are a lack of time, e.g., IT staff priorities, loss of employee productivity (61.9%), application compatibility (50.24%), as well as the cost of staff, hardware, application licensing, testing and packaging, and infrastructure related to the OS upgrade (41.7%).

While almost all enterprises are feeling the pressure of having to complete the upgrade as soon as possible, may it be because support is running out on Windows 7 or because of the advanced security capabilities, many have procrastinated as long as possible.

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