An Enterprise App Store Can Provide Access to Technology Business Users Need Daily

In a recent Forbes article, “You Have The IT Department You Deserve”, by Peter High, Mark Sunday, CIO of Oracle outlines his thoughts on how IT should be driving higher levels of value to their business. What do IT leaders need to do in order to improve IT’s performance and its image? Ensure that the basics of IT are operating flawlessly If people do not have consistent and flawless access to data and to the technological tools they need on a daily basis, IT will not have the credibility to become more strategic IT must simplify its portfolio. This means…

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Delivering Winning Installations – Real Company Stories

Whether you’re looking for ways to improve building installations or trying to make a business case for using an installation tool, these “true tales” of installation offer great ideas and showcase true results. Learn how Websense uses InstallAnywhere to build a single installation project that works for every platform they target Explore how Clearion Software saved time and increased reliability by standardizing on one installation platform using InstallShield Download these case studies today to discover how to turn your challenges into a success story. InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable development teams…

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Webinar: Core Best Practices to Drive Software Asset Management Success

By John Emmitt Flexera Software is pleased to host Gartner Research Director, Victoria Barber, for a webinar on Core Best Practices to Drive Software Asset Management Success. Victoria is all about SAM processes and has recently published a research note on this topic: Gartner Research: Core Practices to Drive Software Asset Management Consistency and Excellence. Software asset managers face a number of challenges: Managing license entitlements effectively Maintaining software license compliance Understanding software asset management roles and responsibilities in a changing market Ensuring continuous improvement of data quality, analysis and accountability Implementing or amending processes to ensure consistency and control…

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Will Windows 10 be the straw that breaks IT’s back?

By Tom Canning, Vice-President, APAC, Flexera Software Windows 10 and its as-a-service approach signal a challenging new paradigm for IT departments. The release of the Windows 10 operating system later this year will spell havoc for enterprise IT. It’s likely that already overstretched IT departments will reach breaking point as Windows 10 introduces the idea of Windows as a service – marking a shift away from three- to four-year operating systems updates to continuous, incremental delivery of new functionality. Given that software drives business today, typically about 30% of an organization’s applications require upgrades and migrations every year – even…

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Software License Optimization Maturity Model: Continuous Compliance – Level 3

By Randy Littleson In this four part series, we’re going to break down the Software License Optimization Maturity Model and discuss what you can achieve at each level of maturity. This is the third in the series on Continuous Compliance – Level 3. You can view the rest of the series here: Installation Assessed – Level 1 Usage Understood – Level 2 Level 3 – Continuous Compliance – Are we compliant with our software license agreements? Level 3 enables the organization to identify what is “Entitled versus Consumed,” so that a software license compliance position is established. The inventory and…

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Building a Business Case for InstallShield? Use This

Whenever you make a case for purchasing software, the question of ROI or payback often comes up. That will include things like hours saved, fewer errors, and more. In addition to specifics about your company, it can often be helpful to have outside research to reference. We asked an independent research company, TechValidate, to check in with InstallShield customers on payback time. For almost 50%, the payback time was within a year. The chart below offers a deeper look and specific statistics. InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable development teams to be…

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InstallAnywhere Tip: Using the Eclipse Visual Editor to Create Custom Code Panels

The flexible capabilities of InstallAnywhere provide an option to include custom code panels in installers. These custom panels extend com.zerog.ia.api.pub.CustomCodePanel and allow installation developers to design and employ custom panels. For developers familiar with the Eclipse development environment, the Eclipse Visual Editor provides the tools necessary to quickly prototype and easily refactor custom installer panels. For a blueprint on how to create a custom code panel using this editor, check out this great Tips & Tricks article focused on custom panels. InstallAnywhere is the leading multiplatform development solution for application producers who need to deliver a professional and consistent cross…

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Avoid MSI Property Values Surprises

It can be a surprising behavior of Windows Installer: The values of MSI properties set during installation do not always remain available during maintenance mode or uninstallation. At run time, Windows Installer passes only the values of public properties (those with all-uppercase names) from the User Interface sequence to the Execute sequence. When an installation is complete, property values are generally lost. In this Tips and Tricks article, you’ll discover how to save MSI property values so they are available after the initial installation. The article discusses: • Property basics and common practices • Properties automatically saved after installation •…

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AdminStudio Customer Advisory Board @MSIgnite

This week at the Microsoft Ignite conference we held an exclusive event for AdminStudio customers to provide input into the future direction of the product and understand first hand the challenges that our customers are looking to solve. Ken Hilker, Senior Product Manager, presented on the road map for AdminStudio and facilitated a good discussion of the Application Readiness process as it relates to Windows 10, mobile application management, and keeping up with the faster release cycles of software vendors. If you were unable to make it to Ignite, we have another event coming up on June 3rd in Boston,…

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Windows 10 Comes with a Faster Update and Upgrade Pace – Will You Be Ready?

Flexera’s biggest customers have already started planning and they are being motivated by the need to move more of their devices from 32 to 64-bit apps, and the ability to run Windows 10 across all their devices. They feel like Win10 will be the last “big release” and want to automate their Application Readiness process to be ready for the feature update releases that will start to come more quickly.

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Software License Optimization Maturity Model: Usage Understood – Level 2

By Randy Littleson In this four part series, we’re going to break down the Software License Optimization Maturity Model and discuss what you can achieve at each level of maturity. This is the second in the series on Usage Understood – Level 2. You can view the rest of the series here: Installation Assessed – Level 1 Level 2 – Usage Understood – What is deployed and how is it being used? At Level 2 maturity, the organization answers the question “What is deployed and how is it being used?” Enterprises come to understand which applications they have deployed by…

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