Friday Notebook, November 16: Wandera and IBM Security; BlackBerry to buy Cylance

Also: Citrix and Sapho; Centrify and Idaptive; Samsung; SimpleMDM; 2019 predictions; streaming video games; blog recommendations: and more!

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

Our blog posts

Jack: My 2019 predictions for enterprise mobility, desktop virtualization, and EUC. Never too early to offer my thoughts on what industry trends might dominate next year, such as more talk of workspaces, zero trust, and more.

Kyle: Meet SimpleMDM, the simple Apple MDM service that’s gaining fans. Kyle looked into a smaller Apple MDM vendor that we’ve heard customers talking about in the wild to learn more about them.

Jack: After Knox, what’s Samsung’s next big hit in the enterprise? Samsung Knox was a success in the enterprise, what will follow? Samsung has plenty of options, like smartwatches, DeX, and IoT.

Jack: A conversation with Centrify and Idaptive on their future plans. Centrify announced it was splitting into two companies, with Idaptive being the other half. I spoke with their two management teams to learn how this split will work.

Jack: Citrix acquires Sapho for $200 million to bring “micro apps” into Citrix Workspace. Citrix announced on Thursday they had acquired Sapho. Micro apps fit right into Citrix’s workspace strategy.

Industry news

Mobile threat defense vendor Wandera announced a partnership with IBM Security this week. The deal is a little different than MTD partnerships we covered previously, so I jumped on the phone with Wandera VP of product Michael Covington to learn more. The entire IBM Security organization will be partnering with Wandera, not just MaaS360. MaaS360 and Wandera will have some backend integrations; and IBM and MaaS360 will resell Wandera in various ways, depending on the channel. MaaS360 customers will deploy the Wandera agent alongside MaaS360. In addition to the agent, Wandera offers a network proxy-based approached to MTD, so this is slightly different from SDK-based approaches we’ve talked about in the past. For more on MTD, check out some of our recent posts by Colm Warner.

The Wall Street Journal highlighted efforts by Microsoft, Google, Sony, NVIDIA, and others to offer virtualized video games in the cloud, i.e., using VDI/DaaS/remote display concepts. I haven’t been following these efforts, but I can’t help but think of the OnLive saga from a few years back. Let’s hope that these new offerings learned from OnLive and worked out the licensing challenges in advance. According to the article, analysts see a broad market; it will be interesting to see how the likes of Citrix and VMware contribute to this space.

Business Insider reported rumors that BlackBerry is in talks to buy Cylance. (Via Reuters, since the BI article is behind a paywall.) We looked at Cylance over two years ago; for BlackBerry, it would mark an interesting foray into desktops, though not entirely unsurprising, considering how broad their strategy is. Plus, it looks like Cylance is thinking about IoT as well, which would also fit well for Blackberry.

*UPDATE, November 16, 7:00 am PT:* It turns out the rumors where true, and BlackBerry will indeed acquire Cylance. The price? $1.4 billion in cash. That's a lot of money, but BlackBerry has been sitting on a huge pile of cash for a while. In the press release, John Chen called out unified endpoint management and QNX (BlackBerry's operating system which is big in cars and embedded devices these days) as products that Cylance would complement.

Microsoft re-released Windows 1809, but didn’t admit to significant problems. They did pledge to do better, though. (Via ZDNet.) Personally, I’m in the “constant updates are the way of the future, get used to it” camp, but also, wow, what a rough ride it’s been.

BlackBerry won an award for BlackBerry Bridge, their workaround for Microsoft’s refusal to broaden the mobile app management options for Office Mobile. (Also see Workspace One Send.)

Other reads to bookmark

  • Check our Christiaan Brinkhoff’s awesome Digital Workspace and DaaS cheat sheet!
  • Recode: “Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’” I’d say that this is even more true in the enterprise.
  • Brian Krebs: “Busting SIM Swappers and SIM Swap Myths.” This is the big vulnerability in SMS-based authentication systems.
  • Bentham’s Gaze: Potential flaws in Security Code AutoFill on iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.
  • Mary Jo Foley: How to keep up with Microsoft’s official blogs, since a bunch of them seem to be moving. (I noticed that some of the EUC blogs moved a while back, too.)
  • Google: More on how they identify potentially harmful Android apps.
  • Do you follow Troy Hunt’s blog? You should.

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