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Today we shipped a maintenance release of Browsium Catalyst to address a single issue affecting certain enterprise customers. Catalyst 2.0.2 fixes an issue that blocked the Catalyst Controller from starting when no network connection is available. This issue has only been reported by a few customers, but the fix greatly improves Catalyst robustness for remote and mobile users on laptops, so we felt it was important to release the fix for everyone.
There are more details to help you install and use Catalyst 2.0.2 in the Release Notes. We highly recommend reading them before installing.
If you’re already a Catalyst customer, you can download the new version from the download page sent to you with your license key. If you’re just evaluating Catalyst now, or are interested in evaluating it, you have two options:
By now you’ve read the news about Microsoft’s changes to the Internet Explorer support policy. Supporting only the most recent version of Internet Explorer on each Windows release is a bold and necessary step for Microsoft. Internet Explorer fragmentation has made life miserable for web developers and created an unsustainable support matrix for Microsoft. The increasing pace of change in operating systems and browsers has made an already nasty problem even worse.
Microsoft’s new approach is clearly good for the web and for consumers (and it’s great for Microsoft). But what does this mean to enterprises – organizations like yours that just struggled through a Windows XP to Windows 7 migration and have now standardized on IE8 (or IE9 or IE10)? Now you must all migrate to IE11 by January 2016 or lose support. How will you upgrade all of your line-of-business applications by then … and how will you keep pace moving forward?
Inquiries arrive daily at Browsium from organizations asking these very questions. Our answer is the same answer we’ve been giving for more than four years – your application upgrade schedules don’t need to be dictated by browser vendors. There is a better option.
Browsium’s browser management platform gives you control over the timing of application upgrades. It does this by allowing legacy IE-dependent applications to run in modern versions of Internet Explorer, side by side with your most current applications. This enables you to easily migrate to the most current release of Internet Explorer on each Windows platform with confidence, knowing your critical business applications will continue to run. You’ll save time with our easy-to-use tools, and you’ll save money by avoiding unnecessary application rewrites and upgrades.
To be fair, there are other options. Microsoft offers guidance on best practices to re-write or replace existing applications. However, we continue to hear from enterprises that application rewrites or replacements are not in the budget (and certainly not within the time-frame available), so they must look into compatibility tools. Microsoft has an option for compatibility – Enterprise Mode (aka, EMIE). IT organizations have told us that it’s an improvement over the older Compatibility View. They find it useful for some business applications and public websites, but it’s often not sufficient for large scale, complex enterprise applications. A specialized tool with much more granular control is needed to handle these applications.
Browsium’s powerful browser management platform has been designed with the world largest and most complex enterprise IT environments in mind. It delivers granular control of your browser environment, resulting in optimized compatibility and security.
As a CIO, CTO or business unit owner, you should be making application upgrade decisions based upon your business needs. For years we’ve been helping customers do just this with our worry-free browser migration approach. We’ll help you put in place a robust browser management platform to support your business-critical applications well into the future. And as we’ve all seen, rapid technology change is the new normal in the IT industry. Browser management will help you keep pace.
You can manage the complexities of your enterprise browser environment, take the worry out of browser migrations, and extend the ROI of your existing business applications. Learn how Browsium’s browser management platform can make this happen.
Start by downloading the evaluation version of Browsium Ion. Next, contact our team of experts, or one of our partners, to help you plan, implement, and deploy our browser management solution across your enterprise. The next time you’re faced with an Internet Explorer upgrade, you’ll be so prepared, you’ll have the confidence to say “Bring it on!”
As the Browsium Ion customer base has grown, the diversity of IT deployment/management processes and client/network configurations have grown along with it. This diversity has driven a set of new product requirements and the need to enhance Ion’s enterprise deployment capabilities to make Ion a first-class citizen in the most demanding enterprise environments.
We’ve now delivered on these requirements with Browsium Ion 3.3, which is available today. In Ion 3.3, key areas of our software code have been optimized and we’ve added many new features aimed at making Ion much more robust. The end result is a powerful combination of the browser management and web app remediation capabilities that Ion has been known for, plus a new level of deployability and manageability that enterprises demand.
Ion 3.3 has many visible changes, and some great improvements in the plumbing. Here is a brief list:
Complete details about “what’s new” in Ion 3.3 can be found in the Release Notes. We highly recommend reading them before installing.
Who should upgrade to Ion 3.3? Frankly, everyone deploying or evaluating Ion. If you’re already an Ion customer, you can download the new version from the download page sent to you with your license key. If you’re just evaluating Ion now, or are interested in evaluating it, you have two options:
Many in IT want to be seen as innovators – a very worthy aspiration. But it’s also comforting to know that the technology platform upon which you’re going to bet your business is a proven solution already in use by many other organizations just like yours. It’s exciting to be first … but who wants excitement in IT when mission-critical web applications are at stake?
When choosing a browser management platform, you can rest easy. You’re not first. In fact, far from it. Browsium solutions have now been successfully deployed by a broad range of organizations across a variety of industry verticals. We’ve put together a sampling of real-world stories of Browsium products at work solving real enterprises browser management challenges.
This compilation of success stories spans the finance, pharmaceutical, retail and transportation industries. While each story has a unique browser management challenge, in all cases the need to ensure the preservation of business critical applications was paramount. These enterprises have:
These achievements have all taken place thanks to Browsium’s browser management platform.
Take a look and see how much your organization has in common with these highly successful and technically complex enterprises. Read Browsium Industry Success Stories.
We’ve blogged quite a few times in the past few years about the slow progress of enterprises have been making to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 (and now 8). The trend has been evident for quite some time, but it seemed everyone in the industry held out hope that organizations would miraculously wrap up their migration projects before the April 8th deadline.
Well, here we are with just over 30 days to go and what do we see? Windows XP has hit a wall. The latest usage share figures from NetApplications show it’s holding steady at 29.5%, dropping less than 2% in the past 6 months.
We’re not ones to say “we told you so”, but we called the stall a year ago (with updates in July and Nov) and then redoubled our efforts to help accelerate migrations with the release of Ion 3 in October. But there’s only so much we can do as web application compatibility is just one of many blockers to a successful Windows migration. Native applications and user state must also be migrated. Often, new hardware is necessary and users need to be trained.
These are not easy migrations, particularly for organizations who haven’t executed a desktop migration in over a decade. But they can be successful. We are a core component of successful migrations every day. Now with Windows XP end of support (nearly) here and custom support agreements (hopefully) in place, it’s time to reassess your timeline and staff your migration project for success. Let us help. Download the free Browsium Ion Evaluation Kit and we’ll contact you to get started.
Web browsers are a critical component of modern IT infrastructure. Many existing business applications run in a browser, with more moving to the cloud every day, yet the tools to manage browsers have not kept pace. Today’s rapidly changing operating system and browser environments bring with them complex and costly application compatibility and security issues – issues that must be addressed to keep those business-critical applications running. This leaves IT organizations, like yours, with the challenge of cost-effectively managing web browsers throughout the enterprise. Some of the obstacles you’ll encounter include:
Read the Browsium Executive Overview to learn how our browser management platform delivers essential browser compatibility, security, and control to enterprises like yours. This easy-to-read 2-page PDF provides a brief overview of our solutions. It’s designed to help you make the case to use Browsium Ion and Catalyst in your organization, so please share it with your IT management and your CIO.