Camwood partner App-DNA wins Citrix ‘Best Partner Solution Award for Desktop Transformation’

App-DNA has been announced as the winner of the ‘Best Partner Solution Award for Desktop Transformation’ at Citrix Synergy 2011, San Francisco. This announcement is clear recognition of App-DNA’s global leading position in automated application compatibility testing with its flagship product AppTitude. Camwood, spun off App-DNA as a standalone software business in 2008 followed by a complete demerger in 2010. App-DNA’s award from Citrix vindicates Camwood’s approach to work with leading vendors that provide compelling technology to support our client’s appetite for services and solutions to deliver effective application lifecycle, migration and management initiatives. Commenting on the award, Camwood CEO, Frank Foxall said, “Well done to Mike Welling and his team at App-DNA. To be a winner for a second consecutive year at Citrix Synergy with AppTitude is fantastic and highlights the visionary thinking and determination from all those involved”.

Camwood Ltd. – Experts in Lifecycle Management

It’s a hell of a statement isn’t it….the management of a lifecycle.  We are of course talking about applications and although it seems a hard jump to make, an application does have a lifecycle, and does need managing.  We know just how to manage that lifecycle to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs, so that makes us the experts.  Stay with me, I will let you into my thought process that gets me here. Let’s look at it from component parts of the statement:    LIFE
  • Life is defined as having existence in a physical world…CHECK.
    • Applications exist on a computer…
  • Life is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have self-sustaining processes…CHECK. 
    • An application over its life becomes self-sustaining as companies use it and at some point can no longer function as a business without it.
These are different from those applications that are, either because such functions have ceased or else they lack such functions, classified as inanimate…. These are perhaps the applications that serve no real function, they are not required by the business but no-one has noticed they are still there – they are for all intents and purposes, inanimate It’s quite a lot to think about against a piece of software that does ‘stuff’ on a computer.   CYCLE
  • Repeated sequence of events – A process that returns to its beginning and repeats itself in the same sequence. Such processes seen in many fields, such as physics, mathematics, biology, astronomy, economics, audio frequency, etc.
An application’s lifecycle can fit into this category – it is ‘born’ (coded), ‘lives’ (is used), ‘reproduces’ (new versions), ‘gets old’ (outdated and slow) and then ‘dies’ (decommissioned) Anyone else feeling the stretch of my statements??  Stick with me…   MANAGEMENT
  • The act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives, directing, controlling and planning.
  • Someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill is accorded authority and status by their peers in a specific well distinguished domain.   
 An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience, or occupation and in a particular area of study. Experts are called in for advice on their respective subject So, if you bring everything back together…   Camwood Ltd. – Experts in Lifecycle management We know, how it functions, how it moves through the cycle of usage and how best to manage it through that cycle to make best use of it, maximize its effectiveness and reduce its inefficiencies. We have a dedicated team recognized as a trusted source of expertise, that looks at what you need as a company, what applications will achieve that, what applications add no value to that and how they can be phased  out.. Biology is the science concerned with the study of life; Application Management is therefore the science that concerns the study of applications lifecycle management.  And do you know what, as big a statement as it is… Camwood is indeed an expert in Application Lifecycle Management and can maximize the benefits of your application portfolio and minimize the cost and inefficiencies created by a non-managed, chaotic application portfolio.  Follow us, we know the way.

350 million Windows 7 licenses sold – what now?

Windows 7 is proving to be big news with 350 million licenses sold ( ). But how many have actually been deployed and how do you deploy them?   It is undoubted that the deployment of Windows 7 is a more complex migration that previously encountered. Why?  It’s down to the number of new products that sit with Windows 7 that are either ‘mandated to be considered’ or ‘logical moves’.  It’s also about removing blocks.  What are the challenges and how do you remove them? The mandates:
  • Application Compatibility: the way applications work on Windows 7 is different.  Certain technologies have been retired, you need to know which applications will actually work.  Remove this block with App-DNA’s AppTitude tool but ensure that you only migrate what you need … refer to my no-brainer below!!
  • The Browser: it’s IE8 or IE9,  don’t get fooled into Firefox as a sticking plaster – our tests tell us something very different.  Remove this block with Browser Compatibility services from Camwood.  For web-sites that have to stay on IE6, you can move to IE8 / IE9 by using Browsium.
 The logical moves:
  • App-V:  application virtualisation is the way to gain application deployment flexibility.   Camwood are the App-V sequencing specialist with many thousands of applications sequenced for customers. 
  • Office 2010 or Office 365: with either, the desktop deployment is now more complicated.  You need to check your application integration where up to 20% of your line of business applications will tie into Office.  Don’t forget that your Office data will also need to be migrated which may also include moving data to SharePoint.  How will your data move?  Will your links still work?  Camwood can help with all of these challenges.
 The no-brainer: ONLY MIGRATE WHAT YOU NEED.  Your application estate has bloated, you can reduce your application estate by at least 40% and achieve major licensing and support savings as well as only having to move 60% of your applications to the new platform.  Don’t let your outsourcer fool you into thinking that their price for lifting and dropping your polluted application estate is a good deal.  It’s not.  This also applies to your data – find the data that is not required and archive it to cheap and easy storage.