AirWatch Connect 2015 Day 2 Keynote Live Blog—Noah Wasmer talks about the future of EMM

The Day 2 Keynote at AirWatch Connect featured Noah Wasmer talking about the future of EMM and EUC, and I wrote a live blog. Tyler Shields from Forrester spoke, too, and it wrapped up with Adam Savage from MythBusters as a special guest.

The Day 2 Keynote at AirWatch Connect featured Noah Wasmer talking about the future of EMM and EUC, and I wrote a live blog. Tyler Shields from Forrester spoke, too, and it wrapped up with Adam Savage from MythBusters as a special guest.

Read from the bottom up.


11:03 Now Adam Savage from MythBusters is a guest keynote speaker. He was great.

10:58 One of the cool things that Tyler is talking about is how we can use behavior analytics to provide security. When you do that, you don't have to have as much in-your-face security slowing down the user experience—you know when things are goo, and when there are compromises from behind the scenes. For example, he says according to their surveys many users would trade their location data for invisible authentication.

10:30 That's it for Noah. He was awesome. Now Tyler Shields from Forrester is on. He's giving an overview of EMM concepts, drivers, and trends.

10:28 On to Noah's actual 2025 predictions: Connectivity will continue to transform how we leverage compute and data. Users won't create slides or documents, they'll create apps. Analytics will be everywhere. And of course all management and security will be in the EMM / IAM model.

10:18 Now on to security. We're in a much better position with mobile devices since the mobile OSes themselves are so protected and stateless, so that means endpoint security for mobile is way different than it was for Windows. He's comparing management for modern mobile OSes to IFTTT. Example: If the device is jailbroken, wipe enterprise data. If data is sensitive, only show it in a remote desktop session. If the device is in a different country, access different file shares. All this can be automatic.

10:13 Now Noah is on to talking about privacy. Apple and Google and Microsoft are doing a pretty good job of respecting privacy in EMM frameworks. AirWatch has a new effort called the the Privacy First Program. Examples of this include requiring two IT admins to turn on location tracking (like in the movies where they need two keys to launch a missile) and anonymizing information about malicious apps on users devices. 

10:05 Suja Ramachandran, the lead PM for productivity apps (AirWatch Inbox, Browser, and Content Locker) is on stage talking about how these apps need to be simpler and easier to use. She's showing a demo of productivity features built into these apps. This means bringing up documents related to meetings in the calendar, showing notes from past meetings, sharing meeting notes to other invitees, etc. This looks like a new thrust for AirWatch—previously it was mostly Good and Citrix XenMobile that emphasized these types of features in their productivity apps.

9:55 Noah is talking about how back in the day everything—our OSes, our apps, our content services, our identites—all came from Microsoft and Windows. But now all of these come from all over the place and our much more diverse. In this new world, EMM and identity management are the way we deal with all this.

9:52 Now they're talking about using VMware AppVolumes to provision traditional Windows apps to EMM-managed Windows desktops. Again, this isn't new, but it's big enough that it more than deserves all of the attention (Plus, this is a separate audience from VMworld.) This is Project A^2.

9:48 Jason Roszak, who manages all products Windows-related at AirWatch, is onstage. He's drilling into how the new EMM features work. There's a lot there—you can configure email, firewalls, do all the standard EMM stuff, provide work and personal separation with Enterprise Data Protection, and most important, use the Microsoft Health Attestation service to create security policies. Users can enroll their own BYOD Windows 10 devices, too. A lot of this is information that we've known for quite a while, but VMware and AirWatch's message here is clear: they want to deal with all of your endpoints, not just the mobile ones.

9:37 Noah is talking about the next decade of computing (2015 to 2025). Of course you can't talk about the future without talking about the past, so he's talking about IT in 2005—iPods, music downloads, Facebook was just this little thing, no Twitter, Windows Vista, Clippy, and so on. Lots of laughs. So just think where we'll be in 2025.

9:35 Noah worked on the iPad Pro while he was at Apple.

9:31 Noah Wasmer is taking the stage first off. Wow, this keynote is all his!

9:30 Still waiting to start, but with good reason: Sanjay Poonen is being interviewed, streaming into the expo hall. By the way, the expo hall is just as full as it was yesterday.

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