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Going Mobile

May 27th, 2013 No comments

The Message

We had a dozen Wepz and 10 clients in Anaheim last week for the annual Citrix Synergy conference. The guiding theme for all their solution development and strategy is now “Going Mobile”.  The integration and presentation of all their products as a unified set of solutions to mobilize the enterprise is a fantastic turn in their evolution.  And a natural one for Citrix.  Given the product releases they announced and the demos they put on, they’ve obviously put a ton of investment into their mobile access technology, the SaaS GoTo product family, and especially my favourite: ShareFile.  It’s one thing to see the carefully crafted and rehearsed product demos on a stage … Those are always impressive, and sometimes 6-12 months away from being Weapons Grade enough for us to roll out to clients.  However, to actually see the stuff in action with IT professionals around the conference was pretty cool. Read more…

Chapter 2: First Dance with my iPhone 4S

January 19th, 2012 No comments

Anxiety.  The experiment is real now.  I don’t have my BlackBerry anymore.  It’s on my desk, but it’s no longer my mobile device.  The first day with the iPhone is like a first date: it’s awkward, thrilling, and filled with uncertainty.  It feels so foreign … and fragile.  But I think I like it. The activation process and getting the iPhone synced up with our Exchange email server was a snap.  Just like it was on the iPad when I got one in 2010.  Setting up the Wi-Fi at home, getting a few cool apps installed, and checking work email went very smoothly.   But there was no keyboard.  How do you compose anything bigger than a Tweet with just a touchscreen?  I need a keyboard.  The BlackBerry has a keyboard.  How do people send real emails as quickly as I did before without a keyboard?  The first dance with my iPhone is causing me mixed emotions! Read more…

Chapter 1: Supportability and Manageability for iPhone and BlackBerry

January 17th, 2012 No comments

Perhaps the biggest problem with all these consumer devices on corporate networks is the lack of proper support tools and device management capabilities that BlackBerry users have long enjoyed.  Happily, we see that supportability and manageability of iPhones for the enterprise is maturing.  It’s almost where it needs to be for widespread acceptance and to be in line with security best practices.  Wait … Did I say “almost there”?   You might ask, “Aren’t there thousands of iPhones in corporate hands right now?”  Yes.  Unfortunately that’s true.  Perhaps you’re one of those early adopters who’ve been accessing work email and data on an iPhone.  Well, I have been watching you and your impact on business IT for a long time.  You are causing a whole lot of issues, and you can be expensive.

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Consumerization of IT and BYOD

August 19th, 2011 No comments

We’ve all heard the latest buzz-phrase: The Consumerization of IT. What does it really mean?  In the broadest terms it’s this: the penetration of employee-purchased mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets into the corporate computing environment.  This influx of varied devices puts a strain on your IT team, but what does it mean for your business as a whole?  The short answer (as always in our industry) is “it depends…” Read more…

VDI and The Consumerization of IT

February 19th, 2011 No comments

I know, the title is a mouthful.  bear with me. 

If you are a CIO or IT Director, the time will come when you start thinking in earnest about about refreshing your end-user desktops.  Software ages, operating systems lose their utility, and hardware decays.  If you’ve been paying attention to our industry’s trends, you’re likely already starting to rethink the way corporate applications and data are delivered in general.  There are two very important areas of impact and influence that have emerged recently and now demand your consideration; the widespread adoption of virtualization and the consumerization of computing devices.  Most IT folks have a pretty good grasp on the former, so let’s focus on the latter … You have my word to address virtualization next week. 

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