In a blog post on Citrix.com, Citrix's desktop CTO Harry Labana announced today that he's leaving the company to join AppSense, where he'll be a VP and their CTO. Harry joined Citrix in July 2009. In February 2010 I sat down with him and recorded a video interview. His decision to leave is amicable (well, to the extent that a CTO leaving can be). Citrix and AppSense have always been close and will most likely continue to be.
One of Harry's last public moves at Citrix was the publishing of an excellent three-part series of blog posts on Citrix.com called "Desktop Virtualization is a strategic conversation." (Here are the links to Parts 1, 2, and 3--read them if you haven't yet.) While written as he was at Citrix, it's a great framework for the desktop virtualization conversation that certainly applies to AppSense as well.
While it's too bad for Citrix, this is certainly a great thing for AppSense as they attempt to build the ultimate user virtualization platform. (Too bad Citrix didn't buy them back when they had the chance.) And I'm sure it's good for Harry, where he'll be able to have a more direct influence over the direction of the company. (They're small and private... what more could you ask for?)
So congrats to Harry and congrats to AppSense. If you'd like to talk to him in person about this, you can at BriForum London 2011 next week. Harry and I will present a joint session about the future of the desktop.