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A new role in IT management

A new role in IT management

Managing licenses is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks within IT management. It involves administrative duties that are not part of the primary processes, so delaying action by a day—or even a week or a month—might not seem immediately problematic. Moreover,...

What is SparkleFlow-GO?

What is SparkleFlow-GO?

First and foremost, SparkleFlow-GO is designed as a central hub to streamline the organization of applications and packages and their associated information, eliminating the need for Excel spreadsheets and disjointed folders. Additionally, it serves as a workflow...

SparkleFlow vs ServiceNow APM

SparkleFlow vs ServiceNow APM

SparkleFlow is primarily focused on streamlining application packaging processes and managing application releases. It provides a central view of software versions, updates, and patches, and helps plan, test, and roll out software updates and new versions. In...

How SparkleFlow improves Winget

How SparkleFlow improves Winget

What is winget? Winget is a command-line tool developed by Microsoft for installing and managing software packages on Windows operating systems. It was released in 2020 and is available for Windows 10 version 1809 or later. With Winget, users can quickly search for...

Free Tool: AppDeployNews Silent Switch Finder

Free Tool: AppDeployNews Silent Switch Finder

Navigating the world of application packaging is a task most of us are all too familiar with. We asked a while back how many of you are searching for silent install switches on a daily basis. More than half reacted with a resounding yes. Recognizing this, we've taken...

SparkleFlow in relation to DevOps

SparkleFlow in relation to DevOps

Efficient Management of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Applications In the world of software development, DevOps has become a familiar term, promising faster delivery, higher quality, and enhanced collaboration. While DevOps is often associated with the development...

Managing licenses made easy

Managing licenses made easy

Managing licenses might be one of the most challenging tasks within IT management. It's not part of the primary process, so delaying it for a day (or a week, month, etc.) doesn't necessarily pose an immediate issue. Additionally, it's often unclear who is responsible...

Application Management for Shared Service Centers

Application Management for Shared Service Centers

Unleash the Power of SparkleFlow to Drive Efficiency and Support Strategic Initiatives in IT Shared Service Centers Introduction Shared service centers are becoming increasingly popular as organizations look to centralize their IT services and maximize efficiency....

Workflow Software compared

Workflow Software compared

We often get questions about how SparkleFlow compares to other titles. Since our proposition is unique it's often like comparing apples to oranges, but to get a better understanding of this we have compared them in a matrix. In this comparison, we compare it with Jira...

Unpacking Microsoft’s MSIX

Unpacking Microsoft’s MSIX

Today, we delve into the intriguing world of Microsoft MSIX technology, exploring what MSIX is, the benefits it delivers, and, crucially, some of the challenges that may arise in its application. Let's get started. What is MSIX? MSIX is Microsoft's modern application...

ITNinja: The Transformative Journey

ITNinja: The Transformative Journey

The Genesis: Establishing the ITNinja Community In the tech world, ITNinja began as a beacon of innovation and knowledge-sharing. The brainchild of Bob Kelly, this community sprouted in September 1999 under the name AppDeploy.com. A prominent destination for endpoint...

Goodbye Azure AD, Hello Entra ID

Goodbye Azure AD, Hello Entra ID

Steve Ballmer, if you remember him, was the one who came up with the name "Azure Active Directory." But after many years of confusion, Microsoft has now shifted towards more explicit branding. This change is part of the broader renaming strategy in which security...

Understanding Microsoft InTune

Understanding Microsoft InTune

In the rapidly evolving world of technology, Microsoft InTune has become a buzzword. But what exactly is Microsoft InTune, and why does it matter? This article will explain it from two key perspectives: the end user's and the admin's. Microsoft InTune from the End...

Improve App Management for Local Authorities

Improve App Management for Local Authorities

Leverage the Power of SparkleFlow to Drive Efficiency and Support Strategic Initiatives in Local Government Introduction Local authority organizations face numerous challenges in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. Managing a vast array of applications and...

Revolutionizing Application Management for MSP’s

Revolutionizing Application Management for MSP’s

Harness the Power of SparkleFlow to Streamline Processes and Support Strategic Initiatives in Managed Service Providers Introduction In the competitive world of managed services, providers need to deliver efficient, secure, and reliable IT solutions to their clients....

Find application info in seconds

Find application info in seconds

In the intricate landscape of a large organization, IT specialists often struggle to retrieve essential application-related information. In extreme cases, such data becomes virtually untraceable—think version specifics, licenses, contact points, dependencies, unique...

Reduce administrative hassle of managing applications

Reduce administrative hassle of managing applications

Managing applications in a large organization is a process that typically spans multiple departments, such as procurement, contract management, technical application management, functional application management, helpdesk, project management, and change management,...

Transforming Application Landscape Management

Transforming Application Landscape Management

In today's ever-evolving digital era, large enterprise organizations are often confronted with the daunting task of managing an increasingly complex application landscape. This challenge becomes even more intricate when considering the management of myriad application...

Revolutionizing App Management in Educational sector

Revolutionizing App Management in Educational sector

Harness the Power of SparkleFlow to Streamline Processes and Support Strategic Initiatives in Educational Institutions Introduction Educational institutions face a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing applications and software packages. From meeting the...

Improve Your App Management: Get a FREE Assessment!

Improve Your App Management: Get a FREE Assessment!

Unlock the Full Potential of Your IT Infrastructure with a Comprehensive Assessment of Your Application Landscape Introduction Are you struggling to keep up with the demands of managing your organization's ever-evolving application landscape? Are outdated processes...

Managing application information efficiently

Managing application information efficiently

Efficiently delivering application packages may be a straightforward task for small organizations, but the process becomes increasingly complex as the number of packagers and applications grows. In larger organizations with a team of packagers, finding information...

Stop using Excel for managing applications

Stop using Excel for managing applications

Challenge Organizations without a system to manage applications and packages often face a proliferation of "lists," typically created in Excel. Though Excel is helpful, it's insufficient for managing extensive lists (e.g., hundreds of applications with associated...

How to document properly and easily

How to document properly and easily

Technical professionals often find documentation tedious and far less enjoyable than working with technology. Despite this, documenting information about applications, specifically packages, is crucial for efficiency and time-saving regarding updates, new versions,...

Empowering Banking Organizations

Empowering Banking Organizations

Streamline Your Banking Application Landscape and Drive Business Success with SparkleFlow Introduction In today's fast-paced and highly competitive banking industry, managing a vast array of applications and software packages is a crucial aspect of staying ahead. With...

Create overview and save money and time

Create overview and save money and time

The primary motivation for organizations to adopt SparkleFlow often stems from "a lack of overview" in their application packaging processes. This issue resonates with me, as I recall my experience managing IT (in the broadest sense) for a healthcare organization....

Application management in Healthcare

Application management in Healthcare

While at first glance, there may not seem to be a direct connection between application management and the core business of a healthcare organization, it's important to recognize the vital role applications play in virtually every aspect of modern healthcare...

Importance of naming convention and structure

Importance of naming convention and structure

The importance of a consistent naming convention and structuring your output cannot be overstated. As someone who has worked as a packager on numerous projects, I have seen firsthand how poorly structured output can lead to inefficiencies, delays, and confusion. While...

A Simple Solution for Application Packaging

A Simple Solution for Application Packaging

As an IT company specialized in application packaging, we often receive inquiries from our clients about the best way to package applications for deployment and distribution. It is often a time-consuming and complicated task, especially when it comes to large-scale...

SparkleFlow 6.0 Beta launches

SparkleFlow 6.0 Beta launches

The bèta for SparkleFlow 6.0 launches this month. It is the only software system in the world that brings together all information about software applications and application packaging, regardless of which systems or software are already in use. Furthermore, the GUI...

Facing the IT challenges part 1

Facing the IT challenges part 1

The role of information technology in business relates typically to the application of computer and telecommunications equipment to store, transmit and handle data. Clearly and increasingly, the role of information technology is vital. IT presents a way of not only...

Don’t waste any more time searching for app-info

Don’t waste any more time searching for app-info

Delivering application packages is no problem for a small organization. When a new request for an application comes in, one of the application packagers gets to work. Once he is ready, he delivers the package to the end user by making the application available on the...

Stop using Excel for packaging projects

Stop using Excel for packaging projects

ISSUE In organizations that do not have a system for managing applications and packages, we regularly see a proliferation of "lists." These lists are generally made in Excel. While Excel can be convenient, it is no longer helpful for managing large lists (think of...

What Is MSIX & Why Should I Care?

What Is MSIX & Why Should I Care?

According to Microsoft, an MSIX "is a Windows app package format that provides a modern packaging experience to all Windows apps. The MSIX package format preserves the functionality of existing app packages and install files and enables new, modern packaging and...

The Future of Application Packaging

The Future of Application Packaging

Application packaging has been on the market for over 20 years and evolved with technological advancements. Businesses strive to keep their infrastructures as stable as possible, providing security, lowering financial costs, and ensuring continuous operations. As a...

Limitations to adoption of MSIX

Limitations to adoption of MSIX

Community Survey We know that a lot of enterprises have not yet adopted this new technology and are not planning to adopt it in the next 12 months. But with these many benefits, you might ask yourself, "Why is this not taking off yet?" Tim Mangan, the Founder...

Application management. To doc, or not to doc?

Application management. To doc, or not to doc?

Technical people generally hate to document. Very understandable because technology is fun, but documentation is not. Still, writing information about applications (and packages in particular) is essential to work efficiently. Furthermore, it saves a lot of time with...

Application packaging is under control, or is it?

Application packaging is under control, or is it?

The most common reason to purchase SparkleFlow is "a lack of overview." It sounds familiar to me every time. I can still remember being responsible for IT management (in the broadest sense of the word) of a healthcare organization. Since I was temporarily hired for...