The Friday Notebook: March 17, 2017

With Citrix rumors, the Okta IPO filing, VMware Workspace One, ExtraHop, and our very own GeekOut 365 announcement

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to March 17, 2017.


On Monday, rumors broke that Citrix might be for sale. Again. No potential candidates were named, but you can bet you’ll hear the regular names (Cisco, Microsoft, HP) in addition to a few others. After many, many years of this, news like this has become white noise, though you could make the argument that ever since Citrix’s executive shakeup 20 or so months ago that the writing was on the wall. Guess we’ll see what happens.

Okta, the identity and access management vendor, has filed for an IPO. In the cloud app and mobile device era, identity is becoming the vital control pane, and Okta is one of the leaders. For a bit more background, read Jack’s writeups of their conference in 2016 and 2015.

VMware Horizon 7.1 is GA this week—here's Gabe's article from when it was announced.

Last week we mentioned Windows Server running on ARM in Azure—it turns out that it’s part of their Project Olympus cloud hardware design effort, and they’ll be partnering with Qualcomm and Cavium. This week, Mary Jo Foley got some more details from Microsoft, including that for now, this is internal-only. On the other side of the chip world, Intel announced that it’s buying Mobileye, the Israeli maker of self driving car technology, for $15.3 billion.

Office Teams, Microsoft’s competitor to Slack, is now GA. Some say it’s not done yet, others say it’s great progress; either way it’s hard to argue with the fact that for Office 365 customers it’s free and turned on by default. One other note—the Microsoft EMS team notes that the Teams mobile apps have Intune mobile app management capabilities built in.

Last, but certainly not least (since it’s very big news to us), this week we announced the successor to BriForum—GeekOut 365.

Our blog posts

Jack: Google shows its enterprise ambition at Cloud Next ‘17. Here’s our overview for EUC folks. Google Cloud, the enterprise group at Google which is led by Diane Greene, just made a ton of new cloud computing and end user computing announcements.

Jack: A quick rundown of VMware’s AirWatch and Workspace One announcements today. There are updates to Android management, Windows 10, iOS 10.3, and new cheaper pricing options

Gabe: ExtraHop's Addy uses machine learning to identify anomalies using wire data so you don't have to. I've liked ExtraHop's wire data monitoring for many years, and their recent cloud platform–Addy–takes their usefulness to the next level.

TechTarget’s Access Magazine launched this week, and it covers all things related to end user computing. Gabe had a column in the first issue: Unlock the benefits of user environment management

Gabe and Jack: The BriForum successor is here—GeekOut 365 is our new online home for independent technical sessions. GeekOut 365 will showcase new independent, community-driven technical videos, as well as the library of content that made BriForum famous.

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