2014 Installation Survey Says! Results #3: Predicting Future Platform Support

We asked InstallAnywhere customers to polish up the crystal ball and predict which platforms they will be developing installations for in the future. In this third article in our series on Flexera Software’s 2014 installation survey, we examine the trends and compare the challenges and benefits software vendors are experiencing related to installation development. The survey, conducted with TechValidate, a third-party research service, was sent to current users of InstallAnywhere. In the survey, Windows, Linux and Apple are the top three, followed by Solaris and AIX. Do you agree with the findings? Or are there other platforms you feel will…

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2014 Installation Survey Says! Results #2: Case Study Comparisons of InstallShield Users

Large, small or in between, software vendors of all sizes face similar challenges when creating installers. And they find similar solutions when they choose InstallShield, the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. In this second article in our series on Flexera Software’s 2014 installation survey, we compare the challenges and benefits among sample InstallShield users at a large-, medium- and small-sized company. The survey, conducted with TechValidate, a third-party research service, was sent to current users of InstallShield. How does your experience with InstallShield compare to these customers? InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed…

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Building Upgrades: Best Practices and Resources Available

Following best practices can make all the difference when creating and deploying an update-friendly Windows Installer (MSI) installation. The topic of upgrades was covered in depth in the recent webinar, “Installation Best Practices: Tips for Building Upgrades, Updates and Patches.” View the webinar on-demand and access these other resources that will help you ensure a smooth, successful update experience for your end users down the road. Webinar: Installation Best Practices: Tips for Building Upgrades, Updates and Patches White paper: Building MSI Installer Updates and Patches Community How-To Article: Perform Major Upgrade of InstallScript MSI Project with Basic MSI Community How-To…

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2014 Installation Survey Says! Result #1: Most Common Challenges Faced When Building Installations

Our first article on Flexera Software’s 2014 installation survey explores the most common challenges faced when building installations. Conducted in conjunction with TechValidate, a third-party research service, the surveys were sent to users of InstallShield and InstallAnywhere. Check out these results when we asked InstallShield users, “What installation challenges did your company face prior to selecting Flexera Software’s InstallShield?” Are you surprised with the results? Do you agree or disagree? What would you add? Look for more 2014 Installation Survey results in future InstallTalk blog posts. InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable…

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2015 Application Usage and Value Survey

Cloud, virtualization, Internet of Things and a host of other technologies and trends impact your business significantly, including how you go to market. A new industry benchmarking survey dives into the impact these technologies and trends have on the high tech industry and provides insight into what your peers and competition are doing to capitalize on them. We would appreciate five minutes of your time to complete our brief survey: For Makers of Software: Take the Survey For Makers of Intelligent Devices: Take the Survey Survey results will be consolidated and reported on anonymously via industry reports, which we expect…

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Make Your Installation Experience “Fast and Flawless”

It’s been about six months since the release of InstallShield 2014 (where does the time go?) and the InstallShield engineers are working hard on the next release, which will be here before we know it. Until then, here is brief refresher of the key features in InstallShield 2014, as well as links to other helpful resources. Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy – With new support for Microsoft Web Deploy, Suite/Advanced UI installations give your customers the flexibility to deploy Web applications to their choice of infrastructure—local machines, remote servers in the data…

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How agile development methods provide end users with a superior installation experience

One of the principal tenets of agile development methodologies is the ability to have working software ready for delivery at the end of development iterations. The need to deliver several successive iterations to users raises challenges in installer development which must be addressed in order to provide users with a great initial experience, and, at the same time, be flexible enough to adapt to changing application needs throughout the development lifecycle. In this informative webinar, “Agile and Installation Development: Supporting Agile Projects with Flexible Installation,” Peter Varhol examines: Why agile methodologies require building and delivering software frequently. How to manage…

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Ensure Updates are Smooth Sailing for Your End Users

Creating software updates is standard procedure for virtually every software company in the world. Knowing the right strategies to follow when creating and deploying an update-friendly Windows Installer (MSI) installation goes a long way to ensuring a smooth, error-free update experience for your end users down the road. In this complimentary white paper, “Designing an Update-Friendly MSI Installation,” Robert Dickau examines: Designing your original Windows Installer setup project to best prepare it for future upgrades Designing upgrade packages to install later versions of your products Understanding the different types of updates supported by Windows Installer How InstallShield streamlines the installation…

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Spotlight on Top Features: InstallShield 2014 and InstallAnywhere 2014 Product Demos

Two new product demos help you and your development team catch up on the top features in InstallShield 2014 and InstallAnywhere 2014. View these brief, on-demand videos for release highlights and tips on how to get the most out of the new capabilities: InstallShield 2014 InstallShield 2014 continues to lead the industry by simplifying installations of complex Web/server applications with support for Microsoft Web Deploy, optimizing the user experience through DPI-aware installations, and improving developer productivity with automatic provisioning of virtual machines for testing installations. View the InstallShield 2014 Product Demo. InstallAnywhere 2014 New capabilities in InstallAnywhere 2014 simplify the…

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Microsoft App-V: What Software Developers Need to Know

With the increased adoption of Microsoft App-V by corporate and government organizations, the software installation development landscape is changing. This shift reminds many developers and industry analysts of what happened with Windows Installer (MSI) years ago. Prior to Windows Installer, developers built installs as stand-alone script-based executables. Windows Installer was released as a more reliable alternative, and companies began adopting it in order to achieve more predictable and consistent software deployments. This change from script-based installs to MSI installs required software companies around the world to rewrite their installation setups and instead deliver MSI packages to their user base. Today,…

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Updated Support: Using InstallShield to Create an Installation that Installs Windows Services

Among the most-popular posts on the InstallTalk blog are those related to using InstallShield to create installations that install Windows Services. The past few InstallShield releases have included updated Windows Services capabilities. Those enhancements are highlighted here, along with links to additional information. InstallShield 2013 introduced the following improvements related to Windows Services: The Express and Limited editions have a new Services view that lets you configure one or more services that you want to be installed during installation and removed during uninstallation. These editions also have support for optionally starting the service after installing it, starting it automatically every…

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What’s New in Installation? Webinars Give You the Scoop

Want to give your development team an easy way to learn the latest about creating a reliable, consistent installation experience for each customer? View these What’s New webinars, available on-demand. Feature Highlights from What’s New in InstallShield 2014 – Watch It: Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy – With new support for Microsoft Web Deploy, Suite/Advanced UI installations give your customers the flexibility to deploy Web applications to their choice of infrastructure—local machines, remote servers in the data center or Microsoft Azure in the cloud. Design DPI-Aware Installations – All InstallShield project types…

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