Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, John Basso, Elizabeth White, Mihai Corbuleac

Blog Feed Post

Centrix Software application analytics project reduces Windows XP migration mountain at Glasgow City Council

- Company rationalises apps from 6,700 to under 1,000 across 15,000 machines

Centrix Software's WorkSpace iQ, one of the company's innovative workspace management solutions, has given ACCESS LLP (the joint venture between Scotland's largest local authority, Glasgow City Council and Serco) the detailed application usage analytics needed to deliver an accurate price and project timeline for Glasgow City Council's 11,500 end-point Windows XP migration project.

Over years the council's environment had become increasingly complex and distributed with no real view of the breadth and depth of the application estate. This made it difficult to plan the move from Windows XP and Office 2003 to Windows 7 and Office 2010. With application packaging being one of the most time consuming and expensive parts of a Windows migration project, the ACCESS team needed to rationalise the list of applications and accurately identify which apps were really being used and needed to be migrated.

Centrix Software was recommended by ComputaCenter, ACCESS's partner, as the best solution to provide the real-time usage analytics data required for this task.

A user-based manual audit, undertaken before the Centrix solution was selected in late 2012, had identified 2,000 discrete applications in use. Within a few weeks of WorkSpace iQ being installed, the software identified 6,700 different apps being used including 83 versions of Adobe Reader and 40 paid for Adobe applications - a huge opportunity for consolidation, rationalisation and cost saving. WorkSpace iQ also enabled the project team to highlight several Line of Business apps with potential Windows 7 compatibility issues which had not been identified in the initial audit but that needed to be treated as high priority.

Having access to detailed app usage analysis has helped the project team to validate the requirements of each council department and every end-user, a task that had not previously been possible. The team now expects to be able to submit the full migration proposal to the council for approval in November 2013 leaving enough time to prioritise and migrate the most critical apps by the 8th April 2014 migration deadline.

"The application usage data acquired through WorkSpace iQ has helped tremendously with our Windows migration project. Initially we thought we had around 2,000 applications in use at Glasgow City Council but the information that Centrix Software provided shows that, in reality, we had closer to 7,000. Analysing usage and taking this data to each council department has enabled us to cut the Windows XP app packaging requirement to just fewer than 1,000. The usage information has been vital and has saved us an enormous amount of time getting us to a point we would never have got to without the tool," said Faye Shaw, Commercial Director at ACCESS.

"As well as finding multiple copies of apps from suppliers such as Adobe that we could rationalise, we were surprised to find quite a few apps that had not been identified for migration because the users had only told us about the 5 or 6 apps they used every day," adds Shaw. For example we identified a shift management system that was used on only 48 machines but was vital for scheduling a number of key council shift workers, it transpires that this is a Microsoft Access database which may provide additional migration challenges. As an added benefit, we have been able to enhance the policing and compliance of the council's IT estate by ensuring that all software used is correctly licensed and managed."

"When running a large migration project, it's easy to look across an estate and tick all the big boxes by focusing on the major applications" continued Shaw. "But there are lots of business processes and specialised apps that only a few people know about that users take for granted and this is where the real risk lies. Without the Centrix Software solution and access to their hugely experienced data analysis and manipulation team, reaching the deadline would have been very challenging."

Lisa Hammond, CEO at Centrix Software said: "By working closely together with the ACCESS team and enabling them to understand, interpret and prioritise Glasgow City Council's application usage data, we could help them to overcome and reduce the size of the perceived migration mountain. It's wonderful to see complex migration projects solved by having access to accurate and real-time app usage data."

As the project is currently at its mid-way point, exact savings are not yet known, but Shaw anticipates "significant savings" as well as a continued commitment to Centrix Software, following completion of the main Windows migration project in April 2014.

"Centrix has delivered a great amount of estate management data which we have not yet utilised and it's this element that we see helping us with our plans to move towards virtualisation - for example enabling us to identify which users would be best served by a virtualised desktop and which need to have directly installed applications. We also believe the data that WorkSpace iQ can provide will help us to manage the peaks and troughs of end-user login and password re-set requests, as well as providing some valuable data sets that will help drive further efficiencies," concludes Shaw

Notes to Editors:

About ACCESS LLP
ACCESS is a joint venture between Scotland's largest local authority, Glasgow City Council, and Serco bringing together best practice in public/private partnership.

www.access.uk.com

About Centrix Software
Headquartered in Newbury, UK, with the US corporate office in New York, Centrix Software provides award-winning Workspace Management solutions, that optimise the way IT infrastructures deliver applications and content provisioned from physical, virtual, web or hosted platforms. Centrix Software helps its customers to be more agile and efficient in how they deliver client-side technology services, providing a single view of software, application and device usage, and taking back control of IT in the age of BYOD and cloud environments. It does this through firstly providing in depth, powerful application usage intelligence and analytics allowing for software rationalisation and dramatically reducing corporate migration costs and secondly a completely customisable end-user workspace portal that enables a single and secure point of access to all corporate applications regardless of device.

Founded as a consultancy in 1997, Centrix Software's solutions have helped leading organisations in banking and securities, insurance, telecommunications, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, energy and utilities, and the public sector.

For more information please visit www.centrixsoftware.com.

For the latest information on Centrix Software

PR Contact:
Rebecca Hougham, Senior Account Executive, The CommsCo: [email protected], 01962 677 002 or 07807 034 388

Marina Stedman, Marketing Director, Centrix Software, [email protected] 01635 239800

Source: RealWire

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

@ThingsExpo Stories
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, discussed the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filterin...
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, ...
Early adopters of IoT viewed it mainly as a different term for machine-to-machine connectivity or M2M. This is understandable since a prerequisite for any IoT solution is the ability to collect and aggregate device data, which is most often presented in a dashboard. The problem is that viewing data in a dashboard requires a human to interpret the results and take manual action, which doesn’t scale to the needs of IoT.
Internet of @ThingsExpo has announced today that Chris Matthieu has been named tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 6thInternet of @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof? Let’s talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, an IBM company, spoke about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.
SYS-CON Events announced today the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp, being held November 1-2, 2016, in conjunction with 19th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but with hands-on demos and detailed walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of real world use cases prototyped using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark, and Intel Edison. Y...
Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even though they mean different things and have very different connotations. Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformative effort is likely to also have a modernizing effect, and thus, we can see these as levels of improvement efforts. However, many businesses are being led to believe if they don’t transform now they risk becoming ...
CenturyLink has announced that application server solutions from GENBAND are now available as part of CenturyLink’s Networx contracts. The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Networx program includes the largest telecommunications contract vehicles ever awarded by the federal government. CenturyLink recently secured an extension through spring 2020 of its offerings available to federal government agencies via GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. GENBAND’s EXPERiUS™ Application...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
The best-practices for building IoT applications with Go Code that attendees can use to build their own IoT applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Indraneel Mitra, Senior Solutions Architect & Technology Evangelist at Cognizant, provided valuable information and resources for both novice and experienced developers on how to get started with IoT and Golang in a day. He also provided information on how to use Intel Arduino Kit, Go Robotics API and AWS IoT stack to build an application tha...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
It’s 2016: buildings are smart, connected and the IoT is fundamentally altering how control and operating systems work and speak to each other. Platforms across the enterprise are networked via inexpensive sensors to collect massive amounts of data for analytics, information management, and insights that can be used to continuously improve operations. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Chemel, Co-Founder and CTO of Digital Lumens, will explore: The benefits sensor-networked systems bring to ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Venafi, the Immune System for the Internet™ and the leading provider of Next Generation Trust Protection, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Venafi is the Immune System for the Internet™ that protects the foundation of all cybersecurity – cryptographic keys and digital certificates – so they can’t be misused by bad guys in attacks...
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Is your aging software platform suffering from technical debt while the market changes and demands new solutions at a faster clip? It’s a bold move, but you might consider walking away from your core platform and starting fresh. ReadyTalk did exactly that. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and over a decade of audio conferencing product development to start an innovati...
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
Large scale deployments present unique planning challenges, system commissioning hurdles between IT and OT and demand careful system hand-off orchestration. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Smith, Senior Director and a founding member of Incenergy, will discuss some of the key tactics to ensure delivery success based on his experience of the last two years deploying Industrial IoT systems across four continents.
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...