Microsoft Ignite round-up - Friday Notebook, September 29

Also including MobileIron, Ericom, eG Innovations, Appdome, Face ID, Bitium, and Rachel Berry on EUC vendors in IoT.

This is our weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space, collected and co-written by Jack and Gabe.

News we wrote about

Gabe and Jack: Microsoft announces their “bridge” to Windows 10 MDM - Our initial thoughts on Ignite. Including SCCM and Intune co-management, Microsoft 365, Intune management extensions, AutoPilot, a new Jamf partnership, and Skype for Business.

Jack: MobileIron is augmenting its conditional access product for better cloud app security. MobileIron Access adds risk visibility, desktop OS support, and more visibility, plus we take a look at the architecture.

Industry news

On Tuesday, we wrote up our first impressions of the news from Microsoft Ignite (see above) the biggest items being Intune/SCCM co-management and the Jamf partnership. We’re still digging through a lot of the news, but here are some Microsoft links to get started:

What did you see at Ignite that you thought was especially interesting? Leave a comment or tweet at us!

Ericom Shield was released. We wrote about this back in July, when we first caught wind of their take on Browser Virtualization. By leveraging a proxy server and virtual browser sessions that run on an appliance, they move the security risk footprint from your users’ desktops to independent virtual machines that are thrown away when a tab is closed. It integrates seamlessly, especially if you already have a proxy, and if you don’t it can act as one. If browser-based threats are high on your To Do List, check them out.

Over the past few weeks, eG Innovations has released two free logon simulator packages, one for VMware Horizon workloads and another for Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop workloads. The tools allow you to test for logon issues, keeping track of every step throughout the process to identify bottlenecks and help identify problems before the users find them.

Soti had a big week, announcing MobiControl 14. The big new features are support for Linux-based devices, a redesigned “IoT-ready” admin console, and an enhanced platform API. There’s more in Soti’s blog post and background in our previous coverage.

Google Cloud, which has been building enterprise identity management for several years now, has acquired Bitium, an enterprise identity and access management startup. Bitium will give Google cloud more app integrations and provisioning capabilities, and overall, Google Cloud is an enterprise force that we should keep our eyes on.

Appdome announced support for teams (multiple admin accounts) and branding. Appdome occupies a unique niche in the mobile app management space, helping to integrate SDKs from other EMM vendors into apps (plus they have their own app security tools).

Apple released a Face ID support page and security white paper. Of note, apps that support Touch ID will automatically support Face ID, and as you may remember from the apple event, there’s a 1 in 1,000,000 chance that a random person could use their face to unlock your phone, versus a 1 in 50,000 chance for Touch ID. Twins, look-alike siblings, and kids are a completely different story, though.

Last week we covered Android zero touch enrollment—here’s a deeper look from Jason Bayton.

Our other blog posts

Gabe: Is Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.15 the last version you'll roll out yourself? With XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15, Citrix has released an LTSR build that they'll support well beyond 2022. Will this be the last on-premises platform you deploy?

Rachel Berry, guest contributor: Can Citrix and VMware find a real business opportunity in IoT? Rachel Berry gives us a closer look at the IoT technology and vendor landscape, then considers EUC vendor opportunities.

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