Top 5 Reasons IT Administrators Are Working Too Hard Managing Endpoints


IT administration is a thankless job. Let’s face it—the only time admins gain any recognition is when something goes wrong. In fact, the most successful IT administrators proactively manage very stable environments where very few failures and performance degradations occur. Unfortunately, though, this is rarely the case, and it is far more common for admins to get stuck in the break/fix cycle of reactive “firefighting” > Read More

2015 On Record Pace with Release of September Patch Tuesday

In today’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released 12 security bulletins, five of which are critical. With this month’s patch load, we can count 105 updates
released so far this year which is only one update short of the total number of bulletins released back in 2013. We have already far-exceeded last year’s
total of 85. The reason for such a significant increase in updates this year could be attributed to a variety of factors such as the launch of Windows 10
and other new Microsoft products but regardless of the reason, > Read More

The Future of ITSM: How Are the Roles (and the Rules) Changing?

Both the “rules” and the “roles” governing IT service management (ITSM) are evolving to support a far-broader need for inclusiveness across IT, and between IT and its service consumers. Recent EMA research, “What Is the Future of IT Service Management?” (March 2015), exposed a number of shifting trends that might surprise many in the industry.

In our research, > Read More

Patch Tuesday Still Alive and Well – And Offering Something for Everyone

Despite the launch of Windows 10 and all the talk about mandatory updates, today is still Patch Tuesday. And this month, everyone should pay attention. Microsoft shared a vulnerability smorgasbord today – offering a little something for everyone. From office and browser applications to desktops and servers, Microsoft covered them all with 14 bulletins. > Read More

Windows 10 – Cause for Confusion

As of August 1, ComputerWorld reported Windows 10 global usage had climbed to 2.5%. Not too shabby for the OS that was launched just three days earlier on July 29. Those numbers easily beat early adoption rates for Windows 8.1 but, I wonder how those users are faring? A quick read of headlines shows a lot ofheadaches ranging from overall privacy concerns to unwanted update files being delivered to networked machines still running Windows 7 or 8.1. > Read More

ICYMI – Emergency patch has silver lining for Microsoft

Last week, Microsoft issued an emergency patch in response to a critical flaw discovered by Google’s Project Zero and FireEye. While critical flaws rarely have a silver lining, there’s a big one for Microsoft here. An emergency patch just a week after July’s Patch Tuesday is the perfect outlier for Windows Update for Business (WUB) and 24/7 patching, > Read More

Change Management—The Big Picture

This is the first of a three-part series on change management. In this blog, I’ll try to answer the question, “What is change management?” from both a process and a benefits (or use-case) perspective. In the second installment, I’ll address best practices for both planning for and measuring the success of change management initiatives. I’ll also examine some of the issues that EMA has seen arise when IT organizations try to establish a more cohesive cross-domain approach to managing change. > Read More

Are You Effectively Tracking your IT Assets?

It’s no secret that IT assets are incredibly valuable components of the corporate enterprise; yet, while many understand why acquiring these assets is essential, the value of effective asset lifecycle tracking often goes unrecognized. The reality is that corporate IT assets should never be “ignored” once deployed; rather, they must be understood and actively managed throughout their use. > Read More

Adobe Overshadows Last Microsoft Patch Tuesday

In the last Patch Tuesday before users may upgrade their Windows operating systems to Windows 10 on July 29 and subsequently enlist a changed patching process, we have 14 updates to deal with from Microsoft that address 59 total vulnerabilities. Equally as important however are the three 0-days in Adobe Flash Player and an impending 193 new fixes from Oracle, > Read More