Remember when purchasing software required a drive to the store, when it was sold in a box? Long gone are the days of maintaining the same static software until a new version was released, or until you decided to purchase something different, typically forced out of the status quo because your current version was no longer compatible with various other programs. Today, smartphones and the app era has brought about a monumental shift in how people are able to experience modern technologies and software in their daily lives.
Cloud capabilities and the use of applications across multiple devise has allowed organizations and developers to add new features to your device as soon as they are available to be pushed out to users. Because of this, our society has begun to expect continual improvement from developers, as opposed to waiting and purchasing new sets of features from our pre-cloud days.
On the enterprise level, businesses are generally slow to adopt and roll out new features or technologies, and will wait as long as possible before adoption to limit what they perceive will be a disruption to employees’ workflows. Ironically, it is that failure to launch new features that can frustrate employees because they are often able to increase their productivity when they can use their personal devices in addition to their enterprise machines.
With the proliferation of Cloud services including Office 365, Microsoft has ushered in an era where employees’ productivity tools are evergreen and updated fluidly, as soon as features are ready. Strong enterprise controls and notifications still give IT the flexibility they need to be able to manage those updates and prepare their teams for change in a systematic way. With Microsoft 365 and Windows 10, Microsoft has also brought that same level of continual updates combined with IT-control to the software we use daily on our desktops.
This change can bring true benefits to businesses. The continual updates are often derived from user suggestions to help enhance their experience, or they are created to add layers of security with tools like Windows Defender ATP and Device Guard.
But adjusting to this new paradigm shift does not come without challenges for businesses. Falling in line with ongoing updates requires IT departments to change their approach to manage smaller updates more frequently, as opposed to major upgrades ever 3-5 (sometimes longer!) years. This can create a burden on IT, require more attention to managing the cloud environment and less time serving employees.
New Signature teams have a long history of experience in helping our customers navigate both the traditional Windows and Office upgrade and management process as well as being a leader in the transition to the modern update and desktop world.
Whether you are just starting your Windows 10 journey with are looking to squeeze every ounce out of your deployment. New Signature’s team is able to help at all steps along the way, including Planning workshops, Proof of Concepts and Pilot, Rollouts and Ongoing Management. As a Microsoft 365 Powered Device partner with certifications and competencies in Windows and Devices, Cloud Productivity and Enterprise Mobility, New Signature is uniquely positioned to help you all steps of the way in your journey to the modern workplace.