Access Capture V3: A Must-Have For Your 2020 IT Tool Stack [Webinar]

After a bit of a rough year, things are starting to look up: Gartner predicts that IT spending will bounce back to a healthy growth rate of 3.7% in 2020 — largely due to enterprise software spending.

John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, said: “The slowdown in IT spending in 2019 is not expected to stretch as far into 2020 despite concerns over a recession and companies cutting back on discretionary IT spending. [...] Most companies are caught trying to either cut costs or invest for growth, but the top-performing enterprises are doing both. A core challenge facing the industry is how organizations can operate as both a traditional company and a technology company at the same time. These ‘and’ dilemmas will drive future IT spending trends.”

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Coming Soon: Access Capture Version 3 — What You Need To Know (Part 2)

As you might already know, Access Capture V3 will be launched on November 14th, 2019. The new release includes lots of new exciting features and platform improvements. Last week, we walked you through some of them already and today, as promised, I would like to highlight some additional nuggets, in particular:

  1. Enhanced structured logging with multiple sinks out of the box (e.g., ELK stack)
  2. New messaging design to allow subscriptions to notifications
  3. Virtual machines presented within the browser
  4. Environments now support multiple deployment systems
  5. New publishing environment type
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State of the Union: Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade Strategy

Since Windows 10 was released with much fanfare as the 'last Windows', Microsoft has made many changes to its servicing model, terminology, and support schedule — causing much confusion among its customers, IT admins, and C-level executives.

One could say that change is a constant with Windows-as-a-Service, and not only with its much smaller, continuous updates. In just over 4 years and 7 feature update releases, Microsoft has repeatedly changed the naming conventions for updates as well as how long they will be in service for, and has extended the EOL dates and support windows — which, initially, they said they wouldn't do.

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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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Agile IT Planning & Deployments To Drive Digital Transformation

According to Gartner, Digital Transformation is one of THE hottest topics right now.

In a recent Gartner survey, 62% of CEOs said they have an initiative in place to make their organizations more “digital.” To support their customer engagement, businesses need to primarily solve three issues:

  • How to handle suddenly spiking demands and demand volatility cost-effectively,
  • How to support a much greater variety of product and services reliably, and
  • How to quickly adapt to changes in customer tastes and demands when it comes to product features and/or channel.
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SCCM 2007 Goes EoL In July 2019 — 5 Things You Have To Know Before Installing SCCM 1902

On July 9th, 2019, Microsoft's iconic device management solution, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 — officially known as Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) or affectionately referred to as SCCM within most IT departments — will be retired after 12 long years of support.

To avoid running unsupported (and therefore unsafe) versions of your device management infrastructure, Microsoft recommends a migration to the Current Branch model of SCCM as soon as possible. But there are a few things you should know before migrating.

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5 Reasons Why Service Integrators Should Embrace IT Automation, Rather Than Fear It

A few years ago before Access IT Automation was founded, I had a very insightful conversation with a Head of Client Services of one of the big service integrators in my role as the CEO of Access, our IT Managed Service Provider.

This conversation stuck with me all these years because it addressed an all-too common pain point all SIs are struggling with: having "warm bums on seats" isn't a scalable business model to keep pace with the ever-accelerating velocity of IT transformation!

On the contrary, Service Integrators find themselves stuck in a situation where customers are demanding innovation to drive real IT transformation, and simply hiring more people won't cut it.

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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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Are You Impacted By The VMWare Version Upgrade To Support Credential Guard?

With each new release of Windows 10, Microsoft adds new features and security enhancements — and with those come new issues for IT teams. With virtualization becoming the norm for organizations, from large enterprises down to mid-size businesses, interactions and dependencies on multiple systems within an IT landscape can become mission critical, having effects on security and digital innovation.

For organizations that rely on cloud services and virtual machines, the risk of deficiencies in their IT environment increases with each new release. One such deficiency, which many organizations might not even be aware of, is that  VMWare versions older than the just released version 6.7 are not supported on Windows 10 with Windows Defender Credential Guard. In this post we will discuss why this is important and what it means to your organization.

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