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  • Jul 21, 2014 11:02:00 AM
    Hello from Boston where we're a few hours away from our 16th BriForum (in our tenth year). A few notes for those attending: The welcome address starts at 9:00. Visit briforum.com/quiz to qualify for the Geek Out (which will take place tomorrow night) If you're not here, follow the action on twitter: Tweets about "briforum"...(read more)
  • Jul 18, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    You might remember Powwow from an article that Brian wrote back in May as they emerged from stealth mode. They re-factor Windows and web applications for use on iOS devices without any modifications to the application source code. Thus far, the solution has been limited to iPads, but on Monday they will announce the upcoming addition of an iPhone client. The challenge of creating a solution for iPhones is one of screen size. For iPads, the work was half done since the screen size is large...
  • Jul 17, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    As you’re no doubt aware, this week Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership to create enterprise apps for iOS devices, built on IBM’s services. That’s big news that a lot of people are rightly excited about, but what happens to end users who prefer Android? Are they back to carrying two phones? There’s already been a huge flood of coverage about the announcement on other sites, so I’ll just sum up the general opinions about why it’s good for Apple,...
  • Jul 16, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    1. App Virtualization does not solve application delivery problems. The promise: It’s a buzzword that we have all used for years. “Package” and “virtualize” your applications once and all your application delivery problems go away.  The reality: The skillset and money it takes to get the applications packaged in many ways far outweigh the benefits.   Part of the issue dates back to the introduction of “Windows.” In those days, applications...
  • Jul 15, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Last week AirWatch and Box announced a partnership regarding a new standards-based mobile app management framework for ISVs and EMM vendors. This sounds like pretty exciting news, since the mobile app management space is currently a jumble of promising yet not-quite-perfect solutions. However as usual the devil is in the details, and the solution that AirWatch and Box announced has its own catches. Let’s take a look. Why do we need MAM standards? AirWatch’s Blake Brannon wrote an...
  • Jul 14, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Last week Microsoft released a company-wide memo from their new CEO Satya Nadella. Most of the news sites have been talking about how this memo outlines Microsoft's desire to change from a "Devices and Services" company to a "Productivity and Platform" company. (Specifically, a " productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. ") But I was interested in it from the perspective of an enterprise IT guy who spends his time thinking about how we get traditional Windows...
  • Jul 11, 2014 4:10:00 AM
    Yesterday Amazon Web Services announced a new offering called Zocalo , an enterprise-focused cloud-based file syncing and collaboration service. Zocalo will be $5 per month, per user, for 200 GB of storage. There were a lot of articles talking about how this might be trouble for companies like Box and Dropbox, but I'd like to have the conversation here to talk about the one thing that you might have missed: AWS WorkSpaces users (Amazon's DaaS product) get 50 GB of Zocalo included for free with...
  • Jul 10, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Today mobile app management vendor Mocana is launching Atlas, a specialized mobile VPN appliance. Here’s are the gist of what you need to know: Atlas is designed to work with MAP-based apps. MAP is Mocana’s mobile app management framework. It’s typically incorporated via app wrapping, but an SDK is also available. Many prominent EMM vendors use MAP for part or all of their MAM functionality, there are many ISVs that offer apps with MAP, and Mocana recently launched a MAP...
  • Jul 9, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Enterprise mobility management vendor Globo Plc is on a tear. Within a year the’ve added MDM to their existing MAM offering, they were the only vendor to join the Gartner EMM Magic Quadrant, and last week they acquired an app development services company. Last week I had a chat with Paul DePond (founder of Notify, Globo’s MDM acquisition, and now Globo’s VP of business development) to dig deeper. You can also read my earlier profile of Globo, but the short version is that...
  • Jul 8, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    It’s been almost two weeks since Google announced that the next version of Android will have a new set of enterprise mobility management frameworks called Android Work, intended for devices that get used for both work and personal functions. (Here's my initial post from the day after the announcement.) Since this is such an important announcement, more questions are bound to come up—what will Android Work actually be like? Will it be good enough to solve our fragmentation issues?...
  • Jul 7, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    So you've decided that you're going to use VDI for some of your desktops. Great! Then you decide that you're going to pay for someone else to build and operate that VDI in their cloud environment. So now your paying for cloud desktops. (DaaS) Great! Thanks to today's storage technologies, you can get fully persistent DaaS desktops for a decent price. This means you can easily replicate what your current desktop environment looks like in the cloud. Great! Your current desktops have drives mapped...
  • Jul 2, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    Here’s a lesson for any would-be bloggers and users of social media: don’t be so subtle. It’s a hard lesson to learn, because while we were trying to gently suggest to Microsoft that Windows 8 wasn’t exactly the best OS, and that it might be better with a few desktop-oriented tweaks to make it a little more intuitive when not using a tablet, it turns out Microsoft was working on a whole new OS that had those refinements. If we could have somehow shouted louder, raised...
  • Jul 1, 2014 12:02:00 PM
    Since VMware acquired AirWatch back in February, we've known that there's a long integration road ahead. While AirWatch will continue to operate as a subsidiary, VMware has ambitious (yet logical and exciting) plans to integrate AirWatch's enterprise mobility products into their end user computing offerings. Today we got another piece of the puzzle: SKUs for cloud-based versions of AirWatch are now available for VMware channel partners to sell. (AirWatch's existing sales organization and...
  • Jul 1, 2014 12:01:00 PM
    MobileIron announced its summer 2014 product update today, and this time around the new features are mostly oriented towards enterprise IT. I’m not going to go through the whole laundry list of everything in the announcement, but there a few parts that merit special attention. At the top of the list is Insight, a brand new app for IT admins. Insight is a tablet-orient mobile app version of the standard MobileIron management console. MobileIron has always been enthusiastic about the...
  • Jun 30, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Last week we had a podcast with Citrix's Rakesh Narasimhan and Sridhar Mullapudi to talk about the future of XenApp and XenDesktop. We were talking about Citrix Workspaces Service ( which I love ) and how Citrix needs to "bridge" the current, traditional, on-premises XenApp & XenDesktop customers with the future cloud-based products and customers. I said something about how it must be difficult migrating customers from on-premises to the cloud, and Rakesh mentioned that it's not so much of...
  • Jun 27, 2014 10:31:45 AM
    Yesterday Citrix announced that CEO Mark Templeton is not going to retire this year after all, instead making a "multi-year commitment." This is a surprise because a few months ago they officially announced that he'd retire by the end of the year, so this is a definite surprise. Templeton staying on ends the speculation of who would replace him as CEO. His successor was one of the top questions people have been asking, as well as a source of conversation over drinks at all the industry...
  • Jun 26, 2014 5:10:00 AM
    Yesterday at Google I/O Sundar Pichai, Google senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and Apps, announced that the next version of Android will finally get the enterprise mobility management enhancements we’ve been waiting for for years. While iOS’s management capabilities have steadily progressed over the years, Android’s core management capabilities have remained stagnant. To fill the gap, many Android device makers have created their own management frameworks. While some...
  • Jun 25, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    I did some research to either back up the claims of the death of Windows or put them out to pasture, and what I found was not what you would think if you only listened to marketing departments at next-gen software companies. While there is undeniably a movement to migrate apps away from Windows, the reasons for this tend to be more along the lines of not wanting to have to deal with app compatibility issues between OS versions (including apps tied to specific version of IE) as opposed to...
  • Jun 24, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    We're very excited that we were able to have Sridhar Mullapudi and Rakesh Narasimhan join us live on a special edition of the BrianMadden.com podcast to talk about the evolution of data and cloud services, the renewed focus on delivering applications over desktops and what Citrix is doing both with today's products and the upcoming Citrix Workspace Services.  Sridhar and Rakesh, as part of their effort to further engage the entire Citrix community stressed the need for customer feedback...
  • Jun 23, 2014 6:47:15 AM
    It's been just over two months since VMware announced Horizon 6, their desktop virtualization product which adds app publishing and connectivity to RDSH-based desktops and apps. Last week VMware announced the general availability of the product, and you can now download the 168-page Evaluators' Guide as well as the software itself . There are three editions : Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. The main difference is that Standard is VDI-only based on concurrent user (CCU) licenses. Advanced...
  • Jun 20, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    It’s been an interesting week in mobility, so today I want to spotlight stories from Amazon, BlackBerry, MobileSpaces, and Apple. Amazon Fire Phone’s MDM capabilities You’re probably already aware that Amazon just announced their own phone, the Fire Phone. Naturally in the EMM space the first question that come up is how easily it can can be managed and incorporated into the enterprise. The Fire Phone runs Fire OS 3.5, a forked version of Android. Like many other...
  • Jun 19, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    We've often talked about how many storage vendors there are in the VDI space . (Or, perhaps more specifically, how many non-traditional storage vendors are out there whose products work well for VDI.) Whenever I talk about a new storage vendor, people tend to ask me whether the vendor is a hardware vendor or software vendor. The real answer is that they are a software vendor. Even if you buy a physical storage appliance from them, they're a software vendor. Think about it: The processors in...
  • Jun 18, 2014 4:02:00 AM
    On Monday, Citrix announced former Gartner analyst and longtime community contributor Gunnar Berger will be their new CTO of Desktops and Applications. Gunnar has been with Gartner for over two years, and is the latest analyst to leave for a role with a vendor. (Chris Wolf left earlier this year to take the CTO Americas role at VMware, and Alessandro Perili moved into a GM role at Red Hat.) The real news here is that Citrix has finally filled the role vacated when Harry Labana left Citrix for...
  • Jun 17, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Looking at the 2014 Gartner EMM Magic Quadrant* reminds me of how many different “angles” there are for mobile device management and enterprise mobility management. Besides the 14 vendors in the listed by Gartner, there are at least a hundred or so other vendors out there that offer some form of MDM or EMM, often from different angles. When and why do you pick them? Many different angles For a few years now people have been saying that MDM on its own isn’t a product, but...
  • Jun 16, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    One of the cool things about publishing a book for the Kindle is you get to see a list of "popular highlights" in the book. (This is where Amazon shares a list of the passages in the book that have been most-often highlighted by readers.) I was looking through the list of popular highlights of our DaaS book and thought the following one was interesting: . . . there are unknowns everywhere, and one of the challenges of DaaS is that we get stuck in a trap of listing out all these far-fetched...
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