Mobile Application Management – How to Mitigate the Accidental Tweet

The risk of unmanaged mobile apps in the enterprise is growing, BYOD, BYOA, consumerization, all have the potential to introduce mobile applications to corporate networks and data. Once an app is installed and configured by the user to access corporate resources, apps do what apps do, they automate many little tasks that make our lives easier, but they can also create embarrassing social faux pas or broadcast confidential information to the world. The news media loves it when incidents like this happen and the affect is multiplied exponentially thanks to todays interconnected social media universe. Here are a couple of…

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Software Deployment – Windows 8.1 Update 2

The news media continues to report that a new operating system update, Windows 8.1 Update 2, will be released by Microsoft in August. Microsoft has not officially confirmed the rumor, but veteran Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley informed Redmond Magazine that the next update to Windows 8.1 may be delivered in Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday release on August 12. For more information, see the Redmond Magazine article “Windows 8.1 Update 2 Rumored to Appear on August 12″ on line. Keeping up with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesdays is a big effort for most organization’s software deployment teams. Flexera Software AdminStudio Suite 2014 has…

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An Oracle Database patch that could cost you dearly

By Vincent Brasseur Oracle has just released version 12.1.0.2 of its database product which provides a set of improvements including a new Oracle Database In-Memory option. This option provides significant performance improvements described by Juan Loaiza, Oracle SVP system Technology as “it’s orders-of-magnitude faster — like the difference between walking and flying in a plane.” It enables customers to decide which data goes into memory and which data stays on the disk, drastically cutting the reporting time and freeing the database to quickly handle transactions. It has been built to compete with other database products available on the market such…

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InstallShield in Action Video: How to Simplify Multi-Tier Installations

If you’re developing installations for complex server applications, this video can help. It walks through the process with InstallShield for packaging and deploying multi-tier applications. It shows a step-by-step demonstration of these key capabilities and more: The template for packaging multi-tier applications How to assign various packages to different tiers Options for server configuration specific to tiers, whether a single server or divided among servers Watch it today to make it easier to deploy your complex applications to a single setup.exe. What tips do you have for complex installations? InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is…

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Oracle Database Licensing and VMware Cluster DRS Host Affinity Rules

By Chris Hughes Oracle Database installations in production environments are normally licensed using the Oracle Processor license model, which for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition is based on the number of physical processor cores in the server on which the software is running. For an overview of Oracle Database licensing, I recommend to read this blog series. A growing proportion of Oracle Database installations now run in virtual environments. Leading server virtualization providers offer the ability to cluster together multiple physical servers, and to move virtual machines between servers as needed for resource balancing and high availability. As recently as 2010,…

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Mobile Application Management top of Mind in AdminStudio Suite 2014

AdminStudio® Suite powers an enterprise’s Application Readiness process for packaging, planning, and delivery of physical, virtual, and mobile applications. This release includes capabilities designed to reduce risk, remove costs, and create operational efficiencies. Top 5 reasons to download AdminStudio Suite 2014; Streamline Delivery of Mobile Apps Test Mobile Apps for Device and OS Compatibility Identify Risky Apps and Establish Mobile Application Management Policies Support for application virtualization with VMware® ThinApp 5.0™ Keep up with the latest Microsoft Patch Tuesday For more details on the new features and enhancements, refer to the AdminStudio Suite 2014 Release Notes How to get it:…

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Reducing License Compliance Risk from Enterprise App Stores

By Vincent Smyth, Senior Vice President of EMEA at Flexera Software. Originally posted on ITProPortal You know the mood in the corporate world is optimistic when enterprises shift their focus from “down to the bone” cost-cutting measures to enhancing operational efficiency and innovative projects. 46% of CIOs reported increases in IT budgets in the last year to fund projects designed to improve the effectiveness of their operations, according to a recent Harvey Nash survey. This is indeed good news. Technology-led as we are today, innovation in the enterprise is to a large extent being driven by software applications – look…

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3 Top Tips: Building Installations for Today’s App-Savvy Users

As technology has become more sophisticated, so have users. Expectations run high for easy-to-use software. And where do they experience their first impression of software? When the installation begins! To exceed expectations, check out these three tips: Tip #1: Build Single Suite Installations Users want to install once. Create installers that bundle multiple products together into one unified installation. Tip #2: Shorten Download Wait Time Time expectations have shortened and users want downloads to start ASAP. Build installations with technology that reduces their wait time. Tip #3: Freshen Up How the Installation Looks Today’s users know what modern looks like…

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Optimizing Oracle licenses, including trade-in credits to move to the cloud

By Vincent Brasseur Oracle Maintenance & Support must be paid on all licenses included in a single license set regardless of their use; the support level must be identical across a license set. A license set is a group of software or features that are associated together in some way. For instance, all Oracle database editions (Enterprise, Standard, Standard One and Personal) are in the same license set. This license set also includes any additional options and management packs that can be added to an Oracle database. Regardless of the use of the licenses, maintenance is due on all licenses…

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Say Goodbye to Windows Server 2003 While Maintaining Software Compatibility

In July 2015, Microsoft’s venerable Windows Server 2003 operating system will reach end-of-life, meaning the company will not provide regular support or updates for the operating system outside of an expensive custom support contract. Windows Server 2003 remains in widespread use in organizations of all sizes. However, in the decade since its invention, an incredible array of changes have occurred in the IT industry. New forms of attacks, new perspectives on security, new approaches to management and automation, and more are all here. Windows Server 2003 will never be able to take advantage of these advances, or adequately protect itself…

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPad

By Vincent Brasseur Few weeks ago, Microsoft has announced the availability of Office 365 for iPad. The licensing terms related to the use of the Microsoft Office suite on mobile devices, including the iPad, are confusing. There are different Microsoft offerings covering its use; there are also different ways to access Microsoft Office from a mobile device. Some organizations and users may already be entitled to use the product in this environment, others may require additional licenses. Office 365 is a cloud offering that includes Microsoft Office products. These products are installed locally on devices, but Office 365 also allows…

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Software Update Postmortem: Bruises and Lessons Learned

“My software update was terrible.” Hopefully, no one has said this about your software update, but the reality is that many companies have been there. Since just about every software company in the world provides updates, good preparation is essential. Users expect a smooth, trouble-free experience beginning with the installation through usage of the software. Since the installation is where everything begins, do you have a strategy for creating an update-friendly Windows MSI installer? This white paper, Designing an Update Friendly MSI Installation, can help. It discusses how to design your original Windows Installer setup project to prepare it for…

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