Friday Notebook, June 8: New Watson features in IBM MaaS360; Apple WWDC18

Also: NetScaler Gateway Service; Workspace One Send; Microsoft 365; Citrix Workspace App FAQ; SAP and Android; and more!

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Our blog posts

Jo Harder: Netscaler Gateway Service: Should you consider the bundled version or the upcoming SSO version? Citrix offers bundled functionality to Citrix Cloud customers, is that enough or should customers consider the upcoming premium standalone version?

Kyle: What is Microsoft 365? Get a crash course on Microsoft 365. What is it, what do you get, and other questions answered here.

Jack: Workspace One Send connects to Intune MAM, but Microsoft and Apple could make it easier. VMware’s Workspace One Send connects Workspace One apps to Intune MAM-enabled apps. Learn how that works here.

Kyle: GeekOut 365 video: Choosing the right remote display protocol for desktop virtualization. Let TeamRGE help you decide which remote display protocol is ideal for your business’s desktop virtualization.

Industry news

Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference ran this week in San Jose. We had big hopes that Apple might finally upgrade the BYOD capabilities in iOS MDM, but after yesterday's EMM session, it’s clear that this isn’t happening in iOS 12. We’ll have a full writeup on Monday, but in the meantime, what are the biggest features? You could argue that every iOS feature will affect the enterprise in some way or another, but we really like that iOS 12 will support devices all the way back to the iPhone 5s (which came out in 2013 and uses the A7 processor), and that Apple is touting improved performance for older devices.

Back in October, we caught up with IBM MaaS360 and learned how they’re integrating Watson. I wrote that Watson could do things like “surface information about vulnerabilities or patches, look at your deployment, and then tell you which devices are affected so that you can remediate.” Now they’re rolling out two more Watson features. The Business Dashboard for Apps will give usage and performance analytics via an integration with the MaaS360 SDK and app wrapper. The Policy Recommendation Engine will do just that—recommend policies based on your industry, region, and deployment size. MaaS360 has had templates for a long time, but on a call last month, the team told me that these recommendations will change over time.

SAP and Google announced the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for Android. It will help enterprises build SAP Cloud Platform clients for Android, incorporate SAP Fiori and Android Material Design user interface concepts, and take advantage of Android enterprise features. This is reminiscent of when SAP (and earlier IBM) annonce high-profile partnerships with Apple for building enterprise iOS apps, and is a sign of maturity for Android.

Citrix posted an FAQ about the Workspace App. One thing to clarify is that while it works with on-premises Citrix products, you need at least one Citrix Cloud service to use it.

I guess we should mention the Github acquisition here, but I haven’t seen any specific EUC/EMM/desktop virt angles on it, but if you can think of one, let us know in the comments.

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