Integrated management of IT Infrastructure
Michael Jany, Network and System Administrator at Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, explains: “For us, a considerable criterion for selecting baramundi software was the fact that it could be integrated without any difficulty into our existing system landscape. In fact, the integration ran smoothly and within a single work day.” The IT professional, who is responsible along with his colleagues for managing a total of 800 clients as well as 200 thin clients, adds: “The Management Suite runs unfailingly and is self-supporting. The solution certainly makes our everyday work considerably easier. We save a huge amount of time, especially when updating third-party software and distributing software patches.”
Standardized installation of operating systems and software
In order to keep clients streamlined, each client that is newly incorporated into the environment is initially set to zero. IT managers install the operating systems with the baramundi Management Suite fully automatically and with a native Microsoft installation method, which ensures an orderly procedure.
Suitable drivers are assigned automatically through automatic hardware detection. At the moment, 150 so-called jobs are running for deploying applications such as Java, Office Suite and VLC-Player. Here, upon the initial setup procedure, a fast and automated installation process is also executed. If an application must be removed again, this also takes place natively. The deployment of a self-service kiosk is already in progress.
Updating third-party software and integrating patches
Due to ever shorter update cycles and the multitude of applications, tasks such as testing, packaging, and rolling out updates take up a lot of time – and speed is in demand, as otherwise, critical security gaps make the IT infrastructure an easy victim for attacks. By using the baramundi Management Suite, Michael Jany and his team profit from noticeable time savings and benefits for security and comfort for patch management.
All patches and updates are packetized and tested beforehand by baramundi. Only then will these be made available to the customer for immediate deployment. In addition, all computers at Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG will continuously be checked with a vulnerability scan for possible security gaps. If patches are missing, Michael Jany and his team define whether the patches are able to be automatically incorporated or whether manual approval is necessary. On Microsoft’s “Patch Tuesday”, baramundi always provides an updated and a pre-controlled patch database.
A Windows 10 test environment is currently running extensive tests before deployment at Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG. As soon as this is completed, migration to the new operating system with the baramundi solution will begin. From 2018, all clients in the Alfred Ritter IT landscape are planned to run exclusively on Windows 10.
About Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG
The medium-sized family business, founded in 1912, has today around 1,450 employees and generated a total revenue of EUR 470 million in 2016. Already in 1932, Clara Ritter invented the square-shaped chocolate characteristic for the brand. Every day, over three million bars of colorfully packaged chocolate leave the factory in the town of Waldenbuch, Baden-Württemberg, from where they are exported to more than 100 countries worldwide.
About baramundi software
baramundi software AG provides companies and organizations with efficient, secure, and cross-platform management of workstation environments. Around the world, over 2,500 customers of all sizes and from every sector benefit from the German manufacturer’s many years of experience and outstanding products. These are compiled into an integrated, future-orientated unified endpoint management approach in the baramundi Management Suite: endpoint management, mobile device management, and endpoint security are provided via a shared interface, using a single database, and according to global standards.
baramundi Management Suite optimizes IT management processes by automating routine tasks and providing an extensive overview of the status of all endpoints. It relieves the pressure on IT administrators and ensures that wherever they are, users always have the necessary rights and applications on all platforms and form factors, whether on PCs, notebooks, mobile devices, or in virtual environments.
baramundi software AG is headquartered in Augsburg. The products and services of the company, which was founded in 2000, are fully Made in Germany. baramundi successfully works with partner companies around the world in sales, consultancy, and user support.
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