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Special Guest: Fulvio Mazza, Director of IT at Brean Capital, LLC
Today, widespread remote work and the rise of hybrid environments have led to new security vulnerabilities and increased exposure to cyberattacks. Besides growing hardware diversity, other challenges include global supply chain disruptions and shortages that are making it harder to acquire hardware, growing adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, and new Windows 11 hardware requirements that necessitate hardware refresh. In this discussion, learn about common security risks, industry best practices, and ways to manage your endpoint environment more effectively.
Special Guest: Jay Thomas, IT Support and Services Manager for Woodgrain Millworks
While some companies were eager to roll out Windows 11 and are having great success, others see the magnitude of this migration project and are taking their time to carefully plan to minimize risk and disruption. Afterall, this is the first major Windows migration in years and the first OS migration project to happen in the new post-COVID remote workplace. The new endpoint landscape includes new safety and security requirements, plus the OS looks much different then it did when companies migrated to Windows 10 years ago. We share our recommended pre-migration checklist and uncover why the release of Windows 11 has been a unique inflection point for many organizations to reconsider their endpoint platform strategy all-up.
Special Guest: Richard Hunt, Senior IT Officer at City of Lincoln Council
Today, IT departments can discover a growing number of technology products in new ways that better serve the core needs of the organization. Cloud services with on-demand delivery, integrations by-design, and security by-default have become more prevalent and pave the way to overcome the frequent disconnect between the needs of the business and what IT delivers. Now organizations can overcome the inefficient evaluation methods of the past with professional process and respect for delivery teams. The business results are reduced risk, faster time-to-solution and better, broader adoption.
Special Guest: Tim Brothers, Technology Director for Attalla City Schools
Many schools are now offering hybrid in-person + virtual classroom environments putting a strain on IT resources expected to keep every endpoint secure and up-to-date, whether on-campus or remote. Tim Brothers, Technology Director and Alabama Leaders in Education Technology (ALET) board member, joins us to share his highly-effective strategy for managing 40 computer models across student, faculty, classroom and lab devices with ease. Learn how adopting a modern endpoint management strategy can help your team easily automate lab refreshes, application deployment, BIOS+ updates and more.
Special Guest: Russell Smith, Microsoft Expert
With the landscape of the modern workplace shifting as we enter the new year, it is important to understand all levels of Microsoft Endpoint Manager: What they are doing, how well are they doing it, and what the pros and cons. When comparing the variety of desktop management solutions together, factors of consideration include how well it can manage onsite and remote users, handle diverse hardware and operate various software payloads.
Special Guest: Manuel Garcia, Systems Administrator at DRMP
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
With companies like Twitter and Amazon already extending work from home policies into 2021 or even announcing permanent work from home policies, IT needs to recover from the security issues related to the haphazard scramble to remote work earlier this year. For many companies, the focus was to get workers home, productive, and safe. Now is the time for IT to refocus on the long-term strategy to support a remote workforce.
Special Guest: Brandon Aberle, Director of IT Client Relations at Walla Walla University
Learn the trajectory of business technology, and the strategies IT must develop to support employee productivity – anywhere, anytime – from their preferred device. In order to remain efficient, reliable, and secure IT needs to focus on optimizing Windows 10 to promote a productive workplace. Hear how the Director of IT Client Relations at Walla Walla University leveraged modern IT services to simplify Windows 10 management and reduce end user disruption.
SmartDeploy simplifies endpoint management with its new layered endpoint management. Our team dives into a detailed discussion around endpoint management trends and a comparison of SCCM, VDI, and other tools. We demonstrate how SmartDeploy allows users to take advantage of all the power of their endpoint and how IT can leverage Box or Dropbox to manage remote endpoints.
Special Guest: Kim Leseberg, Director of Student Computing and Mitch Mecham, Systems Administrator at Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University spent the last 10 years struggling with different computer imaging solutions including Symantec Ghost, Altiris, WDS, and SCCM. Since implementing SmartDeploy, Kim Leseberg and Mitch Mecham feel confident that they finally uncovered a solution that “just works” and delivers the IT control they need with the reliability that allows them to maintain over 1,800 devices for their users.
Our team of Windows 10 specialists share stories from the field and tips for successful management of Windows 10 in this technical discussion. We highlight the latest best practices that every company should follow and explore the usability of unified endpoint management toolsets from VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft asking, “Do they really solve the need?”
We uncover what Microsoft hasn’t told you and give you the information you need to develop a Windows 10 management strategy that will maximize user productivity and empower you to feel confident managing your Windows 10 environment.
Our team of desktop management experts and special guest Larry Coolidge, Tech Support Manager for the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal Poly, discuss tips and best practices for managing different computer models across campus. Learn how Larry’s team was able to reduce hardware expenses and speed reimaging processes by more than 25% by making a few adjustments to their image deployment practices.
Despite the changes Microsoft has made in how they deliver Windows 10, many companies realize that in-place upgrades aren’t a replacement for reimaging computers. This side-by-side comparison of Acronis Snap Deploy, MDT, SmartDeploy, and Symantec Ghost is intended to help you decide what software is the best fit for your organization.
Our team of computer imaging experts compare Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and SmartDeploy. Special guest speaker Barry Weiss, Director of IT for a San Francisco-based non-profit, helps us get into the specifics including training time required, features and capabilities, device driver management, support, and more.
Explore how computer imaging software has changed through the years. We look at the Symantec Ghost disk cloning tool and how it compares to SmartDeploy, a modern file-based imaging software, in a side-by-side product comparison. Guest speaker Jeff Douglas, Systems Analyst for Elementis, joins us to share his experience using both Symantec Ghost and SmartDeploy.
Join us in this webcast to learn everything you need to know about deploying and managing Windows 10 in your environment. This webcast also uncovers what Windows as a Service really means, plus best practices for deploying major and cumulative updates.
Join us to learn security tips specific to Windows 10 and get a Windows 10 readiness checklist and timeline. Plus, get a rundown on Windows 10 licensing and preview our new one-click User Data Migration feature.
In this technical webcast we talk through common endpoint management scenarios and how SmartDeploy can save you valuable IT hours. Learn how customers like Marriott International, New York University, and The City of San Diego have improved IT efficiency with single management and pre-built device driver packages from SmartDeploy.
Kick off your Windows 10 migration with our tips and best practices for a successful migration project. We provide a project planning guide and share details about how you can migrate 50 users from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in just an hour with SmartDeploy’s new User Data Migration feature.