Addressing the pains of systems migrations and infrastructure changes - Part 2

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In part one of this blog series, we looked at the security risks faced by organizations running outdated operating systems. While many businesses still rely on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 environments, the implications of unsupported architecture can have a major impact on business operations.

In this part of the series, we will explore the system requirements and configurations that should be considered as you to prepare your environment for operating system migrations.

More often than not, when IT departments are conducting large operating system migrations or the roll out of new a new OS, the hardware requirements of the new software can be easily overlooked. This common oversight can lead to failure with installations of the new operating systems and result in disruption to business continuity. Poorly planned migrations often leave IT support technicians scrambling to resolve the system failures while end users are left without functioning machines. These impacts to productivity trigger a domino effect as IT gets inundated with incoming support issues from frustrated end users and critical departments such as accounting, finance or production facilities.

 

Not exactly the most efficient way of accomplishing the new operating system roll out or making friends! Additionally, who's going to take the flak when management starts asking some rather difficult questions?

So how do we prevent this situation - or more realistically - reduce the number of failures when conducting OS upgrades on a large scale? While some obstacles should be expected when migrating complex environments, appropriate planning can significantly reduce downtime and unnecessary stress on resources.

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Addressing the pains of systems migrations and infrastructure changes - Part 1

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One of the most daunting, challenging and time consuming projects for IT teams is the upgrade and roll out of a new operating system. Migrations drain resources and can be disruptive to business operations if not planned for in advance. That said, in today’s landscape of increasing security risks, it’s imperative that IT teams respond to these updates in a timely manner in order to prevent introducing unnecessary risk to corporate assets.

In the last year alone we have seen the end of life for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, and Microsoft has released a sunset date for Windows Vista in 2017 and Windows Server 2008 in 2020. Still, nearly 17% of internet users worldwide are using XP and they are dreading the impeding force to a new operating system. Governments, large corporations and health care systems have been clinging to their dying XP OS while they waited for the long anticipated Windows 10 release before investing the effort and cost into migration.

The resistance to migrations isn’t isolated to user machines. Windows Server 2003 houses millions of business applications. Gartner estimates that there are still 8 million of these servers in operation, most of them running mission critical infrastructure like ERP and CRM systems. Whilst the number of machines running Windows Server 2003 might be much smaller by comparison, taking the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” approach leaves companies exposed to the looming threat of security breaches.

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I have enough money to live comfortably the rest of my life-if I die next Tuesday:)

You are not alone! The Government is facing the crunch too - with shrinking IT budgets and pressure to do more with less. Here's how some Government agencies made it work with a little help from BOSS.

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BOSS Solutions helps track "high value items" for Government Agency

 

Did you know that Toners are one of the ‘High Value’ items in the expense report of Government agencies ?

With the help of BOSS Support Central, you can save $$$$ by efficiently tracking Toners in a centralized way and run trend reports on high usage by select departments.

Township of Franklin, NJ had a requirement to do just this and promptly adapted BOSS Support Central to track and manage their toner usage and supply levels saving tax dollars.saving money clip art

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School District uses the BOSS Asset Management module to provide evidence in burglary..!

Who would have thought?

BOSS Solutions to the rescue.. School District uses the BOSS Asset Management module to show evidence in crime..!

 

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Anderson School District Three (SC) has 3 Elementary schools, 1 Middle school and a High School..

Located in rural South Carolina bordering GA, this school district is supported by parents who are very friendly and proud of their heritage. Iva is known as the 'Gateway to the Fresh water course' and has some beautiful lakes and rivers. Students get quality education enabled by good infrastructure and equipment provided by the school district administration.

The winter of 2013 will be remembered by local folks as there was a break-in at the school and burglars stole Computers, Printers, iPads, etc. from a school facility. Who would steal from a school?? The same question was asked by many and law enforcement needed some evidence on the systems that were missing. This is a general requirement from law enforcement . The school had to prove ownership using purchase orders, contracts, etc. while placing the complaint about thefts in their premises. You could also provide a list of systems [Make, Model, Serial#, Location, Last Used By information] that would help the investigators expedite their search.

 
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BOSS Solutions helps you go GREEN

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Going Green with BOSS Solutions!

 

Save TreesReplace all your paper based purchase requisition processes with the BOSS Support Central service desk workflow module.

Save TimeThe BOSS Support Central service desk web portal for customers helps you submit requests anywhere in the world and get automated updates while minimizing back and forth calls and emails.You can also take care of your service requests on the go with the BOSS Help Desk mobile app.

Save Energy — Identify older equipment, generate Asset maintenance reports and decommission systems.BOSS Support Central Remote Admin module helps you schedule daily PC Shutdown of user computers.

Save GASBOSS Support Central Remote control provides customer support remotely and helps you reduce fuel costs, travel time etc.Use the BOSS Mobile App to take care of issues anywhere anytime.

Save Maintenance Dollars- BOSS Support Central Asset management module automatically identifies under performing assets and generates asset maintenance reports. This helps reduce the TCO and improves overall efficiency.

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What do a Beer Distributor and an ITSM solution have in common?

What do a Beer Distributor and an ITSM solution have in common? Read more to find out......

Todd White, Manhattan Beer Distributor says

"I did my due diligence and took my time looking for a helpdesk solution and even checked in with many of the professionals in my personal network. Each of these professionals had some type of solution in place but for the most part, each had issues with the solutions that they had chosen. Some of them wish that the reporting tools were better developed and others wished that their chosen software would be more user friendly or offered features that would aid in managing their systems. Due to what I was finding out in the field, I was prepared to find a solution that would only accomplish 90% of the goals I wanted to achieve with my helpdesk solution.

I found my helpdesk solution completely by accident while searching for a system that will send out alerts to every computer on our 5 facilities in New York. BOSS was one of the solutions that would offer me the type of alerting system that I felt would work effectively and offered a vast amount of other features that made me to start looking at it as our single source of a helpdesk solution. The more I dove into the features of this application, the more excited I became about finding our replacement to our current helpdesk solution.

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Deploy Microsoft Office using BOSS Support Central in 5 Easy Steps

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3 Easy steps to deploy Oracle Java 1.6_18 using BOSS Support Central

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BOSS helps AAA Carolinas implement a Service Desk Solution

AAA Carolinas offers a wide array of services and has been a longtime customer of BOSS. With over 30 offices spread across both North and South Carolina, maintaining nearly 100% availability of all workstations and software applications plays a very critical role in ensuring business continuity and smooth operations.

The primary function of the AAA Help Desk Support team is to ensure 24×7 access to their business systems, which requires a help desk product to assist them in the process. Improving the speed, efficiency, and performance of the Help Desk Support team was a major objective.

BOSSAssist is the help desk component of BOSS Support Central an Enterprise Management solution that goes beyond just workstation inventory. It incorporates software distribution, patch management, software license management, interactive remote control, reporting, and asset tracking all of which can be accessed from a single console. BOSSAssist customers have a Web interface that can be accessed from any computer on the Internet using a secure login ID and password.They can now also access the help desk on the go using the BOSS Mobile App for Help Desk. In the words of Mark Daeth, Network Support Manager for AAA Carolinas, “The web interface helps people to keep track of their ticket status online and saves time on calling the help desk every time.” This feature increases productivity of the help desk staff since they no longer receive telephone calls asking for status updates.

Going a step ahead, BOSS also provided AAA Carolinas the ability to customize the text and content of the e-mails to be sent. This saves their technicians a lot of time as they do not have to remember to send status updates to their end-users. In fulfilling such requirements Suri Anantharama , CTO of BOSS says “The mission of BOSS is to provide solutions to customers and not just products.”

Anup Ravindranath, BOSS Support adds, “For many years, I have relied on AAA to provide me with the necessary support when I drive my car. Today, it gives me pride to be able to support them and help drive their business more efficiently.”

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