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  • Mar 30, 2015 7:13:00 PM
    This week, Ron Oglesby is joining us on the BrianMadden.com podcast. This is the second of our new style of podcasts that began last week with Jarian Gibson. The plan is that we'll have as many weekly podcasts as we can with notable people in the industry, and Ron certainly qualifies! We've known Ron since our days on TheThin.net email list, and he'll be coming on to talk about everything from the early days of desktop virtualization (including some awesome dinners at Shula's Steakhouse during...
  • Mar 30, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    It’s great that the Microsoft Office mobile apps are available all over the place, but Microsoft needs to go one step farther and allow other enterprise mobility management vendors to manage the apps. When I say all over the place, I mean it. Almost all of the Office apps have been available for iOS and Android for a while now, and on top of that soon certain Samsung and other Android devices will come with the apps pre-installed. When the apps were first released, a paid Office 365...
  • Mar 27, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    In Part 1, I wrote about the Call for Papers process, which starts with opening a survey around the first of the year and ends with scrubbing the list of responses for people that didn’t follow the rules. In Part 2, we’ll talk about how we actually pick the sessions, which is both fun and challenging. It’s like a giant Sudoku puzzle that has to be solved. The hardest part, though, isn’t picking the sessions...it’s not picking some really great sessions. Thinking...
  • Mar 26, 2015 5:53:00 AM
    Yesterday Workspot announced an upgrade to their “Workspace as a Service” offering which includes using RDP to deliver Windows apps to Windows clients . Previously Workspot only had iOS and Android clients, so we put them in the “mobile workspace” category. But now that they have a Windows client (and a Mac OS X client coming soon), it’s looking like they're shaping up to be a competitor to Citrix and VMware’s end user computing offerings. What? Workspot?...
  • Mar 25, 2015 5:46:00 AM
    Yesterday Ericom released Ericom Connect v7 , the latest version of their VDI & RDSH desktop and app virtualization solution (formerly known as AccessNow). Connect is a complete rewrite which was two years in the making. It focuses on enterprise scalability (supporting 100k concurrent users), ease of use (install everything in 19 minutes), and reporting based on actual useful business intelligence (thanks to their new data architecture I’ll get to in a bit). From a technical...
  • Mar 24, 2015 2:29:00 PM
    This week we're starting to expand our podcasts a bit. We wanted to get the people in our industry that we find notable on to the show to learn about them, their IT upbringing, how they got into the Desktop Virtualization space, and what soapbox issues they have today. Our first guest in this format is Jarian Gibson. Here's what we know about Jarian: He's a super-smart independent consultant and speaker that knows a lot about a lot of things and has a huge home lab. I mean, that's cool, but we...
  • Mar 23, 2015 4:05:00 AM
    In the last few weeks we’ve talked frequently about app refactoring and modernization (podcast | article | video). This is the idea that you can take an application intended for use with a large screen, keyboard, and mouse, and—using one technique or another—convert it into a mobile app. The benefits of refactoring and modernization are obvious for mobile devices, since the difficulties of using remote desktops and old-style web apps on smartphones and tablets have been known...
  • Mar 20, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    Things have finally settled down after the BriForum Call for Papers process ended last month. Sessions have been selected, and the agenda has been created. From the outside, it seems to take a long time, but from our perspective it’s been constant work, tail-chasing decisions, and some really tough choices early on. I wanted to take the opportunity to write an article about the behind-the-scenes process that supplies BriForum with content so that anyone now or in the future can get a...
  • Mar 19, 2015 5:45:00 AM
    Last week VMware released the latest version of their Horizon 6 desktop virtualization product. It's been about a year since they first released Horizon 6—their product which combines VDI desktops with RDSH sessions and seamless application publishing. At that time there was a lot of rejoicing ( mostly by me ) because it finally meant that Citrix XenApp had some real competition for RDSH and published apps. (Prior solutions from VMware were VDI-only.) Unfortunately while Horizon 6 was a...
  • Mar 18, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    As you know we've been talking about the virtual mobile infrastructure concept for a while now. (If you're not familiar with VMI, it's like VDI except you connect to a hosted mobile OS like Android instead of a hosted desktop OS. Brian wrote a more detailed explanation a few weeks back.) Right now I'm starting to get my hands on some demos—so what should I actually do with it? My first inclination is to try to treat it exactly like my normal work environment. I want to perform all the...
  • Mar 16, 2015 7:00:00 PM
    It's our pleasure to welcome Reddo Mobility to the BrianMadden.com podcast this St. Patrick's Day for a lively discussion about the dealing with Windows apps on mobile devices. As we are all well aware, native Windows apps on phones and tablets are a bear to use, and Reddo Mobility makes a product to transform them into something that looks and behaves like a native mobile application while still running Windows on the back end. CTO Itzik Spitzen and VP of Marketing Josh Epstein joined Brian,...
  • Mar 16, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    SAP is pushing mobile apps and its HANA cloud platform, and one beneficiary is its mobile app management and security partner Mocana. We’ve been keeping up with Mocana Mobile App Protection (MAP) for a while now. MAP has always concentrated on app wrapping; last year Mocana introduced Atlas, a specialized mobile app VPN appliance; and more recently they announced Lighthouse, an SDK for MAP. SAP has been OEMing and reselling Mocana MAP for a few years now alongside their MDM (Afaria) and...
  • Mar 13, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    At Mobile World Congress 2015, Centrify was showing off the latest features in Samsung Knox 2.4 and Centrify Identity Service. Centrify and Samsung have a fairly strong enterprise mobility partnership going back a few years. Samsung has invested in Centrify, and Centrify’s technology is the basis for the Knox EMM suite and Knox identity management service as well as Knox Active Directory integration. In this video Jonathan Bensen from Centrify shows off some of their newer multi-factor...
  • Mar 12, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    It’s been nearly a year since my first exposure to app refactoring, and I’m still excited about it as a concept. The biggest question I have, though, is whether or not it’s a bridge technology that exists just to get us by until we come up with something better, or a more permanent technology that will exist for many years to come. The strongest argument can be made for it being a bridge technology that is only needed until organizations find native mobile alternatives. Reddo...
  • Mar 11, 2015 5:19:00 AM
    Here’s a topic that I haven’t thought about in a few years: What do you do for desktop search (or “Windows Search,” as it’s now called) in VDI and RDSH environments? Windows Search is a big part of the total desktop experience in today’s world, allowing unified full-text search across Outlook contents and files on the desktop. Many (or most?) end users rely on Windows Search as a core part of their workflow. (Do you? For me desktop search is how I do...
  • Mar 10, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    Last week at Mobile World Congress AirWatch announced an initiative called App Configuration for Enterprise (or ACE). ACE is defines a way to think about mobile app management, app configuration, and the idea of MAM standards—issues that will grow rapidly in importance as enterprise mobile app adoption takes off. So just what exactly is ACE and how will it change MAM? Let’s take a look. What is ACE? Here’s VMware’s Noah Wasmer describing ACE last week at Mobile World...
  • Mar 9, 2015 4:02:00 AM
    Last week we wrapped up selecting sessions for BriForum London (19-20 May), and what follows is a list of the sessions that we accepted! I want to stress how incredibly difficult it is to choose sessions for a show. We had a record 192 sessions to choose from, which meant that for London we could only select 15% of the submitted sessions! The selection process is an iterative one, where we take successive passes until we get the number down that we need. After our first pass, there...
  • Mar 9, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    After a two month Call for Papers process, we can finally announce the sessions for BriForum Denver 2015 (July 20-22)! What follows is the result of a week's worth of deliberations and many hard decisions. We had to choose from over 190 submissions (which is at or near a record!). If you don't know from past years, the process to select sessions begins with an anonymous first pass made by Brian, Jack, and myself. We each choose sessions we want for sure, might want, and don't want based on...
  • Mar 6, 2015 5:15:00 AM
    After hearing about VDI-in-a-Box and its impending demise, I started thinking about what could be next for Citrix. Citrix is in the middle of a restructuring that, among other things, resulted in the layoff of 700 employees last month. These employees ranged from contractors to product managers. The information about VDI-in-a-Box, in fact, was surrounded by conversation about these layoffs. When thinking about the effect of this restructuring on Citrix’s product line, the product that...
  • Mar 6, 2015 5:12:00 AM
    Mobile World Congress wrapped up yesterday in Barcelona, and we spent the week tracking all the enterprise-related news that came out of it. There's no doubt the biggest buzz was around Android for Work. And while there weren't many other major surprises at the show, there were certainly plenty of other announcements worth noting. Another great thing about Mobile World Congress is that because of its sheer size, it gives us the opportunity to meet and hear from vendors that we haven't had...
  • Mar 5, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    One of the new topics we've been talking about recently is virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI). As Brian put it in a recent article, it's like VDI, but for remoting mobile OSes. In this video from Mobile World Congress 2015 Justin Marston, the CEO and co-founder of Hypori, gives a live demo of their VMI. It's running on poor conference-quality wifi, but still looks pretty good. Hypori came out of stealth mode in August 2014, but they have a previous experience working on classified mobility...
  • Mar 5, 2015 5:02:00 AM
    For several years now we've been talking about all sorts of mobile virtualization and dual persona Android devices. This conversation has mostly been in the enterprise context, with the goal to keep corporate apps and data secured and separated from personal apps and data. But now that Android for Work is rolling out with its own built in data separation, how do existing mobile virtualization and dual persona Android vendors differentiate themselves? In this video from Mobile World Congress...
  • Mar 4, 2015 5:05:00 AM
    In this video we hear from Todd Fryburger, the co-founder, president, and CEO of StarMobile, a company that has multiple approaches for transforming desktop and web apps into native mobile apps. Here at BrianMadden.com, we're huge fans of this product category in general. We've been saying for a while now that Citrix and VMware should get closer with one of these vendors, so it's great to hear that StarMobile has entered into a partnership with AirWatch. (Please visit the site to view this...
  • Mar 4, 2015 5:01:00 AM
    This article was our "Live Stream" of all the EMM-related announcements from Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. Now that it's over, head over to our Mobile World Congress recap for a complete list of announcements, videos, and articles. -- Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona. This huge conference covers absolutely everything related to mobility, and among the nearly 2000 exhibitors are just about every enterprise mobility management vendor you can...
  • Mar 3, 2015 5:01:00 AM
    On Monday, TechTarget announced the opening of the submission period for the Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 Awards, which runs from March 2nd - April 3rd. Companies that would like to have their product evaluated by an independent panel of judges from SearchVirtualDesktop.com and BrianMadden.com can submit their products via this form (but please read the rules first). TechTarget has done this before at other industry conferences with outstanding results. The process begins with submissions,...
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