Are Enterprises Ready To Migrate To Windows 10?

Win10MIgration

The day has arrived … If you have reserved your free* copy of Windows 10, then expect to update your device to the latest shiny version in the next few days, weeks, etc (those download servers are going to be¬†very busy, bless them).

But are Enterprises ready to migrate to Windows 10? Normally waiting for the first service pack (or two), enterprises will usually wait and delay (months, even years) before adopting a new platform. But remember that the current favourite, Windows 7, will go out of support in 2020. That’s only five years away. And while that may seem a long way away, migration to new platforms instills fear in even the most respected and talented consultants and engineers out there. So start early, follow age-old best practices and plan well to increase your chances of success.

At a high-level, I feel there are seven considerations:

  1. Backup & Protect – Backup your data, applications, their licences and for goodness sake, test those backups!
  2. Application Landscape (Roadmap) – Download Windows 10 versions of your apps or at least get a roadmap from vendors if they currently don’t exist.
  3. P.O.C / Test Environment – There’s no excuse for not setting up a test environment and run it in parallel with production. ¬†Fire up some VMs and get familiar with Windows 10 and test how your applications behave.
  4. Communication of Plan – It’s one thing to develop plans, but they’re next to useless unless they’re communicated to the correct stakeholders (executive sponsor, clients, vendors, internal impact teams). ¬†Bonus of this? ¬†You never know when you need support, so continually communicating your plan will increase your chances of getting the help and resources you need and when you need them.¬†Hand in hand with this should be a risk register, detailing the risks, their impact, consequences and mitigation plans. ¬†You will find this will be indispensible in getting these stakeholders onside.
  5. Deployment – Stick to best practices explained by Microsoft, consult the community (some of the best talent out there who have lived and breathed through several deployments) to offer extra insight and leverage vendor support who can act as your extended resource for patches etc.
  6. Execute Test Strategy – Develop a test plan that mirrors production environments. ¬†Use that as a foundation and then tweak it to maximise the new feature sets in Windows 10. ¬†It’s a living document, so pay close attention to detail until each and every check box is ticked.
  7. Follow-Up – Don’t sit on your laurels! ¬†Follow-up with your employees, clients and vendors and check if the user experience, performance and reliability is all you hoped for.

Click here for more details on how planning for these seven steps will help you on your journey to Windows 10.

Asad Malik, @asadmaliksimba

Great resource to get you started on Content Marketing

B2B Content Marketing Cook BookA few years ago, a lovely colleague of mine had this small book on her desk (Maria, I’m looking at you kid!). ¬†Titled¬†The B2B Content Marketing CookBook, it very quickly and ¬†succinctly walked you through different strategies on how content marketing can aid lead generation.

Love the analogy with recipes (being a foodie, what did you expect?!).  Let me know if this inspires you to whip up some great content marketing pieces!

Asad Malik, @asadmaliksimba

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe …

For those who don’t know Simon Sinek, he is a business visionary and Management Theorist. ¬†Whilst this video was posted up on Ted back in March 2014, it has a timeless message. ¬†Best part for me is about 10 minutes in, and I quote:

Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank. I know many people at the senior most levels of organizations who are absolutely not leaders. They are authorities, and we do what they say because they have authority over us, but we would not follow them. And I know many people who are at the bottoms of organizations¬†who have no authority and they are absolutely leaders, and this is because they have chosen to look after¬†the person to the left of them, and they have chosen to look after the person to the right of them. This is what a leader is.”

Here is the video.  Enjoy!

Asad Malik, @asadmaliksimba

How to Make a Pinhole Camera for Friday’s Solar Eclipse and Not Go ‘Selfie Blind’ | Gizmodo UK

My brother is an eye specialist and while common sense should prevail, he stresses, as do I, to please take the care needed when observing the solar eclipse tomorrow ūüôā

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2015/03/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera-for-fridays-solar-eclipse-and-not-go-selfie-blind/

Technology Getting Considered In The UK Government (Pre-Election) Budget

In case you missed it, there is an election going on in the UK ūüôā ¬†While the British Government has delivered a pre-election budget, I wasn’t interested in the alcohol duty (don’t drink such beverages) and glad to see the fuel duty is frozen. ¬†But it was the reference to technology that peaked my interest this time around.

The UK is home to some of the greatest minds delivering awesome innovations over several years. While it is often viewed as one of the best places to innovate it is also home to suffering average UK broadband speeds of 17.8Mb/s (Ofcom, Nov. 2014).

But that looks like it is set to change. ¬†With this budget there are intentions to ensure all homes and businesses have a minimum of 100MB/s, as described in their ‘national ambition‘ statement with both Virgin Media and BT backing that up by committing to bringing speeds up to 500MB/s to most of the UK over the remainder of this decade. ¬†But we’ve heard this before. ¬†Intending to get 90% of homes with ‘superfast broadband‘ (defined by the government as 24MBps or more) was promised last year. ¬†But being the eternal optimist, there shouldn’t be anything preventing this from being delivered this year, right?

Another notable item being included was to clear the spectrum frequencies at 700MHz . What does this mean for us?  This should deliver better mobile networks, in turn offering better quality broadcast TV for mobile services for us to consume.  And with Apple making a play for delivering such media services over the wire (rumored to be in talks with Fox, CBS and Discovery networks), the investment of near £600m to free up this spectrum will help grow this particular vertical.

This is all great news, but what’s fascinating for me is the inclusion of the ‘Internet of Things‘ being mentioned in the budget. ¬†Is this just lip service or a genuine intention to ensure the UK ‘keeps up with the Joneses’? Time will tell. ¬†All in all, it’s a step in the¬†right direction and if the Wearables 2015 show I recently attended demonstrated anything, this is a growth area that the UK needs to lead where possible to maintain it’s reputation as a country of innovation.

Asad Malik, @asadmaliksimba

My Photography Journey Continues Here …

I’ve been fascinated with photography for as long as I can remember. ¬†From the first time I saw a photo in my hand (taken by a Polaroid camera), I knew I wanted to learn photography. ¬†It wasn’t until I first became a father that I put serious investment into this popular of most hobbies. I wanted to ensure I had a decent camera to take photos of my first child. Picked up a great offer for a Canon 400D and haven’t looked back since.

Since then, I’ve been on a couple of courses and have been inspried by many photoblogs since then. ¬†Nigel Beighton (check his blogs on infrared photography¬†and those taken from his humble smartphone) really brought photography home for me and I thank him continually for helping me along this journey.

And so, here I go.  Consolidating some mini-photo-blogs into this section of my main blog, techinmydna.  Look forward to your feedback!

Asad Malik, @asadmaliksimba