Large-scale changes in an enterprise’s IT often force the pace of change in seemingly unconnected areas.

Take for example upgrading to a new version of Windows. This may require new PCs and laptops to accommodate the new OS. Enterprise apps may need refactoring or porting and users educated in its usage.

There are the security implication of deploying the new systems, and also, importantly being able to accommodate the new functionality that the new OS brings, such as cross platform connectivity.

In particular Windows 10 is rather different from its predecessors in that over the air updates are large and frequent. Microsoft’s aim is to gradually unify the mobile and desktop environments, making apps and associated data accessible on any device without requiring users to re-enter a password. This creates new challenges in securing data and applications. Policy-driven controls are needed to manage usage and app deployment to ensure good governance and security.

Unfortunately, while some will be able to rise to the challenge, many will find themselves ill-equipped to plan and implement digital transformation strategies that now need to encompass a rapidly changing device landscape and the growing list of applications and cloud-based services that managers and users are demanding. Moreover, it can only add to the day to day workload of under-resourced enterprise IT teams already struggling to keep the data centre lights on, giving rise to a whole new set of problems that will have to be addressed.

In this webseminar we look at the challenges involved in upgrading to Windows 10 as well as the more general pain points associated with managing an amorphous, rapidly changing and increasingly mobile end user computing (EUC) environment. At the growing range of devices that need to be supported, the operational issues, security concerns and compliance implications. We will also look at how the desktop software update cycle is shortening and being driven as much by technological and user expectation as by business need, using the precipitous (in enterprise terms) rollout of Windows 10 as an example of this trend.


Garry Owen

Senior Product Marketing Manager - End-User Computing, EMEA - VMware

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Clive Longbottom

Founder and Service Director - Quocirca

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Clive Longbottom trained as a Chemical Engineer and worked in engineering research in areas such as anti-cancer drugs, car catalysts, fuel cells and low-NOx systems. He then moved into IT, working on a range of projects from COSHH and research information handling systems to full office automation and workflow systems. After a stint as an IT consultant, Clive worked for US analyst house META Group (now part of Gartner), before setting up Quocirca to provide an alternative approach to the standard industry analyst model, with far more focus on per-project based engagements and a stronger focus on what IT does for a business.

Peter Gothard

Special Projects Editor, Computing

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Peter is Special Projects Editor at Computing, V3 and The Inquirer, leading and co-ordinating native content for editorial campaign programmes, chairing the Enterprise Technology Group's web seminar programme, and providing editorial leadership for Computing's successful annual Vendor Excellence Awards. As a journalist, he specialises in technology trends, endpoint, big data and analytics, apps in the enterprise and IT skills. He has a particular interest in collaborative and cloud-based working, and enjoys talking to customers about enterprise mobility, remote working, cloud and social collaboration and ERP. Previously, he has written in the technology and videogames sectors, including and 360 Magazine, with a stint as News Editor on gamesTM magazine. He has freelanced across a range of other consumer and enterprise technology, entertainment and design publications.

John Leonard

Research Director, Computing

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John Leonard is responsible for the setting up and running qualitative and quantitative surveys for Computing Research's clients in order to assess the opinions and experiences of IT professionals on issues important to the industry, such as cloud computing, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and the IT decision making process as a whole..


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