2019 BrianMadden.com zeitgeist

Our final post of 2019!

Here’s a look at the most popular articles of the year, plus new vendors we covered, acquisitions, and a few other year-end notes.

A huge thank you to everyone who read BrianMadden.com in 2019, and a thank you to the whole community for making it so awesome to work in end user computing. I love being part of this industry, and all the great friends that I get to work with in it!

We’ll be back with regular posts on January 2. Happy holidays, and see you in 2020!

Desktop virtualization

Jack: Microsoft makes FSLogix free to all. What does this mean for the rest of the industry? This was a popular, customer-friendly move by Microsoft, which will ripple through the rest of the application management and user environment management space. Now we’re looking ahead to MSIX App Attach, which comes out of FSLogix, as well. MSIX App Attach works on physical devices, so it could get even bigger than WVD.

Kevin Goodman: What customers need to know about Windows Virtual Desktop. WVD has been dominating industry conversation for over a year now, and readers were eager to hear Kevin’s experienced opinion.

Kyle: What I learned on the first day of Citrix Synergy 2019. Kyle got his Synergy reaction out before mine, so he won in the SEO department. More importantly, he dug into some of Citrix’s big new efforts for 2019: Their “general purpose” user strategy, partnering with IDaaS providers, and features added to the Workspace app via Sapho.

Jack and Kyle: Microsoft Ignite 2019 news: Intune + SCCM = Endpoint Manager; WVD on Azure Stack Hub; & more. Microsoft Endpoint Manager, as well as Microsoft’s change in direction on co-management were big news; in fact we followed up with three articles, digging into MEM, the future of SCCM, and Workspace ONE for MEM. We’re definitely going to spend a lot more time on Windows 10 management in 2020.

Kyle: Raspberry Pi 4: Now the ultimate cheap thin client? We have a long tradition of contemplating alternative thin clients (including Android and Apple TV variants), so I’m proud that Kyle has taken this up, too.

Mobility, identity, and all that stuff

Kyle: Did you know how easy it is to sideload iOS apps to your iPhone?! This one clearly caught attention outside of the EUC space, and the title is pretty self explanatory (and worrying). Related: How do you block sideloaded app installation on iOS or Android?

Jack: iOS 13 will dramatically improve MDM for BYOD. Hello User Enrollment! This was my favorite article of 2019, as it addressed issues that I had been writing about for two years. Also, it goes to show how we’re always going to be talking about BYOD, since it’s fundamentally challenging (the enterprise and end users have conflicting goals), and it’s a moving target (technology and user/consumer preferences keep changing). 

Jack: A quick list of new enterprise features in iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS 10.15 Catalina. This was one of the first and most thorough articles to cover all the news in the enterprise device management session at Apple WWDC 2019. I’m quite proud of how we’ve been covering this for the last few years, and clearly it makes for well-appreciated content.

Kyle: How does Microsoft’s digital workspace app compare to VMware and Citrix's? Microsoft is the only big EUC vendor to not have an app with “workspace” in the name.

Jack: What is MDM, MAM, EMM, and UEM, and what’s the difference? It was time to have an updated reference article, and it should be useful for anybody getting used to the industry.


A big thanks to our freelance contributors this year: Jo Harder, Rachel Berry, Bas van Kaam, Kevin Goodman, Jason Bayton, Colm Warner, Jon Towles, and Ryan Ververs-Bijkerk. (If you’d like to write for us in 2020, send me an email at jmadden@techtarget.com.)

Also, thank you to all of our podcast guests: Russ Mohr, Aaron Freimark, Jason Bayton, Kevin Goodman, Ojas Rege, Shreyas Sadalgi, and BrianMadden.com alumni Brian and Gabe.

Acquisitions, launches, exits, and transitions

  • Jamf acquired ZuluDesk
  • VMware acquired Aetherpal
  • Christiaan Brinkhoff and Bas van Kaam launched their Byte-Sized Book
  • Noah Wasmer left VMware to join Atlassian
  • Ojas Rege left MobileIron
  • Jamf acquired Digita Security
  • Gabe Knuth went from Microsoft to VMware
  • VMware Identity Manager became VMware Access
  • Symantec was acquired by Broadcom
  • Citrix appointed Arlen Shenkam as CFO and Fermín J. Serna CISO
  • VMware acquired Pivotal and Carbon Black
  • Tarkan Maner became chief commercial officer of Nutanix
  • Google acquired CloudSimple
  • Windows 10 Mobile reached end of life
  • Powwow was acquired by Magic Software
  • LogMeIn (including what was formerly Citrix Online) will be acquired by a group of hedge funds including Elliott Management

EUC vendors we featured for the first time

  • Corrata
  • Mosyle
  • Check Point
  • SmartDeploy
  • BetterCloud
  • Flexxible IT
  • Menlo Security
  • deviceTRUST
  • We covered the Black Hat conference for the first time this year.
  • Banyan Security
  • Exodus
  • EBF
  • Awingu
  • Pradeo
  • Nok Nok Labs

A final plug

Since you’ve made it to the bottom of this article, I’ll give a final plug for a couple more resources.

First of all, the Friday Notebook is my favorite part of BrianMadden.com. Check in weekly to get all of the stories from the EUC industry.

Second, I try to put as many useful links as possible in our EMM resources guide.

Lastly, check out Kyle’s favorite articles of 2019, and my favorite articles of the year.

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