The Friday notebook - September 23, 2016

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to September 23, 2016.

[The idea behind this post is to have a “notebook” of everything that happened in EUC and EMM in the past week. We want this to be valuable for both EUC/EMM customers and industry insiders. (It was inspired by Benedict Evans’s newsletter.) This week we’re trying it with both Gabe and Jack contributing. (Here’s last week.) Let us know what you think—feedback is appreciated!]


Oracle bought a Palerra, a cloud access security broker. CASBs are interesting for EUC (read more about them here), but given Oracle’s track record of not having a big presence in general EUC, this news is probably more interesting to just Oracle shops. Overall, Oracle is doing a lot with mobile apps these days. Here’s their blog.

Microsoft removed the ability to create a print cluster in Server 2012. ThinPrint took matters into their own hands with ThinPrint 11, which came out at VMworld.

Citrix released XenDesktop 7.11 (they skipped 7.10), which adds Day 1 support for Server 2016 VDAs, zone preferences, graphics improvements, and more.

macOS 10.12 Sierra is out. There are no reports of enterprise trouble yet, though Galen Gruman tweeted that older versions of Adobe CS might not work anymore. iCloud has more new ways to leak enterprise data, but remember there are plenty of EMM controls around iCloud, and really this is just the same consumerization conversation we’ve been having for years.

BlackBerry/Good announced a partnership with Zimperium, an on-device mobile threat detection product. Adoption of these types of products is still limited after all these years, but momentum has been growing over the last 6-12 months.

VMware wrote a blog post about their Blast protocol. Lots of good background info and technical details.

Our friend Pierre Marmignon’s company Norskale was acquired by Citrix. Pierre and his team will continue to work at Citrix, presumably on a kickass UEM feature of XenApp and XenDesktop.

Citrix is dropping the “Worx” name.

Our blog posts

Jack on Five things you need to know about creating and sourcing enterprise mobile apps. The important parts? Listening to users and taking advantage of everything mobility has to offer.

Gabe wrote a guide to VMware Cross Cloud for EUC folks.

Jack said Get ready for smarter identity and access management—It’s going to be awesome!

Jack’s list of EMM resources and articles was updated.

Thoughts of the week

Microsoft Ignite starts on Monday, and the first keynote is at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. We’re not there in person, but we’ll likely have assorted coverage during the week, including a podcast.

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