Friday Notebook, December 22: Android enterprise, Authentic8, and Addigy

Also: Liquidware Stratusphere UX 6.0, IGEL predictions, BlackBerry lifecycles, and Apple’s Project Marzipan.

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.

Industry news

Last week, Liquidware announced Stratusphere UX 6.0, which features a new architecture that is more scalable and efficient than the previous design. The interface and reporting features are much faster (which, if you've seen it, you know that's a welcome change!). Other new features include a dashboard builder; support for macOS, Windows Server 2016, and IGEL OS; and network layer visibility. If you want to learn more, VMblog did a video with Liquidware's Kevin Cooke that describes the new version in more detail.

IGEL shared a list of predictions with VMblog that can only be described as…predictable. They believe that in 2018 "VDI will grow and evolve as DaaS and endpoint security ramp up," which of course is true and has been true for several years. Though they're not really sticking their neck out, it does indicate that IGEL has plans to put more weight behind DaaS and endpoint security in 2018. They also go on to predict that Raspberry Pi will not catch on (keep in mind this is a direct threat to their company), and that a "big acquisition" of a "major VDI supplier" might lie ahead. Odds are they're not talking about VMware, so again…not that much of a stretch.

There were several Android enterprise and security announcements this week:

In response to Jack’s article about using secure remote browsers to add DLP to SaaS, this week we had call with Authentic8. As it turns out, they were originally founded with this very idea in mind, all the way back in 2010. However, they too noted that even in 2017 it’s still early for that use case, and that other uses dominate. Besides customers using it to keep the Internet and their networks/devices separate, CEO and co-founder Scott Petry told us about other interesting uses like counter-intelligence work, research, and protecting journalists.

Another vendor we met this week was Addigy, a Mac management startup founded about three and a half years ago. Addigy is private and self-funded. They combine both agent-based and MDM management, support DEP and VPP, and bill per-day per-machine. CEO Jason Dettbarn told us that their value proposition is that there’s still a big need for nimble, cloud-based Mac management. Indeed, 2017 was a booming year for Mac management in the enterprise, and the trend should continue to accelerate next year, so they’re positioned to get a piece of it.

There are rumors that Apple is planning to combine macOS and iOS apps, in a project codenamed Marzipan. It makes a lot of sense for some apps, even though app stores for desktop operating systems still haven’t gained much steam. Maybe this will finally change that? Regardless, we don’t need a desktop app version of every phone app we have—in many cases, a website is sufficient and easier to deal with. Either way, we can’t help but think of the lessons learned from Windows 8 about what happens when you force a mobile UI on a keyboard/mouse device. Hopefully, we can assume that they will have plenty of options for adaptable interfaces.

BlackBerry said that they’ll support BB10 and BBOS for at least two more years, but they’re also offering a trade up program to the BlackBerry KeyOne or BlackBerry Motion through partners. Both of these phones run Android with BlackBerry’s additional security services, and are made by TCL under BlackBerry’s licensing program. We’re finally at the point where phones are no longer a distraction to BlackBerry’s EMM business—which remains quite sizable—but going off of comments from John Chen, BlackBerry’s ambitions are much broader.

Remember the Apple crackdown on templated apps that we mentioned last week? There’s been a reprieve, as covered by TechCrunch. Template-based apps will be allowed, but they’ll have to be “submitted directly by the provider of the app’s content.”

Our blog posts

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