The Friday Notebook: April 28, 2017

Featuring iOS and Android security, IGEL, Intune Graph API, Anton van Pelt, and Citrix earnings.

Here’s what happened in enterprise end user computing, desktop virtualization, and mobility in the week leading up to April 28, 2017.


Citrix released their Q1 2017 financial results, and their revenue increase from sales of current products was predictably flat. Per the report, revenue grew just $4 million compared to Q1 2016. GoTo numbers were not included in the comparison because the sale was completed during Q1. Slow growth is one of the reasons that rumors of Citrix potentially being up for sale continue to persist, so we’ll have to pay close attention to what a GoTo-less Citrix does in the future.

MobileIron and VMware both talked about the Microsoft Graph API for Intune this week. Microsoft is using the Graph API to open up Office mobile app management to other EMM vendors; see Jack’s article: What does the Microsoft Graph API for Intune mean for the rest of the EMM market?

MobileIron’s Ojas Rege posted a series of videos explaining how the Graph API for Intune works, and comparing the overall capabilities of MobileIron and Intune. There were no official announcements, but we already knew that MobileIron was planning to support the Graph API for Intune; they’re working out the product details now.

VMware AirWatch acknowledged the Graph API for Intune for the first time this week. Again, it wasn’t a formal announcement, but they did say “Integrate Office 365 with Workspace ONE to enable Office 365 application controls[...]” so I we can safely say it’s coming.

MobileIron also detailed updates in their latest MobileIron Cloud release. Back at their analyst day in February, they said about 6,000 of their 13,000 customers use their cloud version. There are improvements for a wide range of scenarios, including macOS, iOS 10.3, Windows 10, and more.

IGEL has added support for VMware’s Blast Extreme Protocol to their IZ2 and IZ3 zero clients. At the moment, they are the only zero clients in the world that support Blast Extreme, though you can expect competitors to follow. IGEL has been making some noise lately, so keep an eye on them, especially as Citrix Synergy approaches.

Troubles continue at Cylance, which, despite taking on $100M in Series D funding, is going through a restructuring that has resulted in a rather large number of layoffs. This, combined with the recent accusations of malware trickery, doesn't bode well for a company that until recently was generating a lot of buzz. UPDATE 4/28/2017, 11:30am ET: Cylance reached out to note that their layoff affected just 4% of their employees (here's more at the original source, The Register), and that they've explained their side of the story in a blog post.

Our Blog Posts

Jack: A look at the official iOS and Android security reports. These resources are essential background reading for any EMM and mobile security effort—here are the highlights and what to expect.

Gabe: This is your two week reminder for GeekOut 365 Call for Papers! You have just under two weeks to get your GeekOut 365 submissions in!

Gabe: IGEL seems poised to make some big changes. Over the last year, IGEL has made some key hires that would seem to indicate they are working on big things, but what could that be?

New contributor Anton van Pelt: What is happening with Citrix XenMobile Cloud? Welcome XenMobile Service! Anton van Pelt digs into the best new features in XenMobile Service.

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