now that brainshare is over and has been a huge success, the designer team is back finding out whatelse you, elvis ah… our customer, the king, may need most in the near future.
whereas the main goal for designer 1.0 and 1.1 was to enable you to do all the configuration tasks you had been doing in imanager until then, our focus has now changed a little. i’d like to share with you some of our thoughts and methodology how we discover new features that we need to integrate into designer.
when a company decides to investigate an identity management solution, it usually starts a long and sometimes hairy process. roughly, this process is defining the business case, developing the solution, then implementing/deploying and finally maintaining and monitoring the solution.
in the past novell covered exactly the development part of this process. we think that designer can do more than just configuration and development. we want to support the whole process:
as you can see, we cover already quite a bit of the whole process, but we know we can do even more. we want to accompany you from the first day in your project until the last day of that project and even beyond into the maintenance phase.
let us know what you think of this approach. do we meet your expectations this way?
What exactly is the ZENMaster Framework? Well, in short it is a combination of both methodologies and technology that addresses the complexities surrounding release management of both your corporate applications and your corporate images. Is that high level enough for you?
What the framework allows you to do is build a system of interconnected trees (via ZENworks Server Management – Tiered Electronic Distribution) so that you can isolate your testing environment(s) from your production environment. This is the key. As a best practice I have always recommended that customers/partners isolate testing from production. Why? Because… it’s smart practice, and you will never have to answer to the CIO for disrupting production time due to to testing your new version of WinZip. No one needs that. In addition, by interconnecting your systems using Tiered Electronic Distribution (TED) you can then automate the movement of your corporate applications and images throughout your testing environments and into your production environment while maintaining application object configuration, and content synchronization. The end goal is to get the content into production, wherever it needs to be, ready for the end users to consume. Then if in the future the content or object information changes this information can then be automatically replicated out to all your remote sites… once again ready to be consumed.
To summarize, the ZENMaster Framework address the following:
1. Increases efficiencies
2. Creates standardization
3. Decreases administrative efforts
4. Leverages the automation capabilities of the ZENworks Suite
I have personally designed and implemented this framework in a few very large environments, and believe me the payoff is immediate.
In the next post I’m going to start going into more detail on how to design the framework, and get it implemented in your organization… regardless of the size. Put it in place, and you will reap the rewards.
Paul Murphy over at ZDNet is trying to pull together criteria for determining how to rate office productivity programs. He’s looking at Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice. I like the effort to develop an objective, rather than ideological, approach to the question. That there’s even a question – given the long-term lock that Microsoft Office has …
If you live in the UK, live close to the UK, can drive to the UK, or don’t mind swimming the channel I suggest you take a close look at attending this event. If you were unable to attend BrainShare 2006 in Salt Lake City then this is also a great opportunity.
BrainStormer is BrainShare content on the road. The conference runs from June 12 – 16 and will be held at the Telford International Centre. Visit the MindWorks BrainStormer site for further details.
Post here if you have any questions!!
At recent BrainShares, Novell has sponsored a contest for local (Utah) film students to come up with mock advertisements for Novell. We get some pretty creative stuff. We put these files online here, along with other marketing videos. Have a look. Some of these are pretty funny.
I’ve been back from the US after Brainshare for two days now – what a week that was!
It’s always good to get up in front of people and talk about our products. However, Brainshare is a great chance for us to hear what you’ve been up to as well as telling you what we’ve been doing. This year was no different.
One thing that got great feedback for us were the solution based presentations: Citrix Integration and Highly Mobile ZEN. The questions and reactions from these presentations were great. I have had a number of e-mails from attendees and if you are one of those to which I have not yet replied – please be patient. I’ve got a lot to catch up on from two weeks away!
Kevin Bryan shares a little gotcha they discovered when students were switched from generic logins to unique usernames and started losing files.
Heads Up: If you have users in Indiana, you need to help them switch to Eastern Daylight Time this weekend. Michael Fraser shares a quick tip to help you do it via ZENworks so they don’t all freak out on Monday.
A couple of interesting customer stories were recently posted, highlighting GroupWise as a great solution for governments, from the Pennsylvania State Senate to the Aberdeen City Council in Scotland. Check out the stories. After taking a good look at the alternatives, the customers cite price/performance, security and reliability for thousands of users as key selling …
We are all back from Brainshare now, what a busy week that was! I hope that everyone that attended enjoyed it, I know I did – the Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausages were the highlight for me I don’t want to steal Jason Williams’ thunder here, so prod him to tell you how they are made.
The GW migration tool proved a very popular subject, both on the Migration and Installation depot and in the tutorial from our IS&T manager – in fact it was the second most popular session on the depot, behind virtualisation on XEN.
The other popular topic of conversation was the GroupWise Mobile Server (powered by Intellisync). We are all very excited about this in the GW team, it’s a huge value add to our customers and we are working very hard to get it out there, though there does seem to be a little confusion, both internally in Novell and externally, about who gets it. So, it is available to all GroupWise 7 customers if they pay maintenance or upgrade protection. We do plan to release an evaluation version publically so you can ‘try before you buy’. I would encourage anyone who either doesn’t currently have a mobile solution, or has issues with their current solution to at least give this a try. If you have Blackberries, or plan on rolling them out, then look here. With these 2 solutions we should be able to keep any device user happy.