The Friday Notebook: January 20, 2017

Featuring Simplivity, Okta, and Landesk, plus this week we spent more time looking at all things Citrix.

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to January 20, 2017.


Congratulations to Simplivity, who is being acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. We’re looking forward to catching up with HP and seeing what their plans are; it’s good to see them getting into the game.

From the “how the heck did we miss that?” department, back on January 3rd, Clearlake Capital announced that it will acquire Landesk and merge it with Heat Software, another systems management vendor that it owns. (Seriously, I don’t know how we missed it before.) We’ll take a closer look at this in the coming weeks—there are more acquisitions coming, and they’re also planning on changing their name soon (that includes AppSense, too).

Okta released their annual Businesses @ Work report, and I heartily recommend checking it out—it’s a good look at trends in enterprise cloud apps and identity. (For example, you can look at the relative popularity of various cloud apps; and of course I say “relative” because Okta’s customers are, by definition, all cloud-forward.) I also like this report because Okta, as an identity provider, is a neutral party when it comes to these cloud apps, and especially because it’s based on real customer data, not surveys.

Microsoft acquired another artificial intelligence startup, called Maluuba. Like many others companies, Microsoft has been talking about AI a lot as of late (check out Satya Nadella’s AI session from Ignite 2016.) If you’re not thinking about artificial intelligence, it’s probably time to start. We’ve written a bit (here and here), with more coming soon.

Rumors about Windows 10 “Compatible Shell” sound similar to Continuum, but it looks like it will be better and more flexible.

Microsoft will make Windows 10 upgrades free for more Windows 10 subscription plan users. (Mary Jo Foley)

Citrix is making it easier to upgrade XenMobile.

IDG is being acquired by China Oceanwide Holdings Group and IDG Capital. (Reuters)

Avaya declared bankruptcy. (Reuters)

Our blog posts

Gabe and Jack: Podcast #126: Dane Young joins us to talk about Citrix Summit. Citrix Summit was last week, and between the acquisition of Unidesk, the future of Windows management, and Citrix’s relationship with Microsoft, there was a lot to talk about.

Jack: Post Citrix Summit, here are new details about how XenMobile will work with Intune, EMS, & Azure. Say hello to “XenMobile Service,” new SKUs to complement Microsoft EMS, and a path to integration.

Gabe: Citrix is helping pin down what it costs to use XenApp in Azure. Citrix's XenApp on Azure Cost Calculator isn't a cost model as much as it is a guide to help you understand how desktop virtualization cloud services are priced.

Thoughts of the week

In last week's Friday Notebook, I shared news about the Microsoft Graph API for Intune. I wrote "There aren’t any official announcements yet (it looks like the documentation showed up on GitHub about a month ago); as far as we can tell the first person to bring this to light was MobileIron’s Ojas Rege, on Twitter this Tuesday." In fact, there actually was a mention back in December on the Microsoft EMS blog, though it was very brief and there wasn't much fanfare. More recently, Microsoft has added emphasis to remind potential users that they must have an Intune or EMS license to use the functionality.

Other reads

Google’s official Android Developers Blog on finding Dead or Insecure (DOI) Android apps.

Microsoft’s recap of Intune advancements in 2016. The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security Blog is one of the best vendor blogs out there.

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