The Friday notebook - September 30, 2016

Don't miss anything: here's all the news in EMM and EUC this week. Featuring our blog posts, Microsoft Ignite, BlackBerry, and more.

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to September 30, 2016.


Microsoft Ignite was this week: Here's the main overarching press release and the keynote video, and here’s the EUC news:

BlackBerry is no longer going to make their own phone hardware. It’s been a long slog to this point, but that doesn’t mean BlackBerrys are going away. They’re licensing their software and brand to other hardware manufacturers, and so far the first licensee is in Indonesia. On top of that, they just released the DTEK50 and there are plenty of older models floating around. The important point that’s not entirely clear yet is whether or not they’re still going to try to market phones to the enterprise. They’re doing a good job at integrating Good Technology and BES12; muddling around trying to promote their now-obscure phones in the enterprise could be a distraction, diluting their EMM brand.

Apple and Deloitte are partnering to implement iOS devices and apps in the enterprise. This is business as usual. That’s a good thing!

VMware announced a Windows 10 migration tool.

Capriza has joined the AppConfig Community. More background on AppConfig here, and an update on the app refactoring space here.

Remember nComputing? After a bit of a rough patch, they released a new version of their desktop virtualization platform.

Google rebranded Google Apps as G Suite, and unified a bunch of other products under the new Google Cloud brand. Many new features are coming to G Suite, including Team Drives.

Nutanix did their initial public offering and started trading.

Blog posts

Gabe: NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel: How they do their GPU virtualization. With three companies competing in the virtual GPU market, let's take a look at the key features between them and how they virtualize GPUs

Jack: Catching up with SOTI on Android for Work, remote control, and RMAD. SOTI had their user conference this week—here’s what they’re up to and what the big topics were.

Jack: My initial impressions of Microsoft Ignite 2016. Check out sessions on smarter identity and access management, the Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph, and AI. Podcast #123: Microsoft Ignite 2016 with Gabe, Jack, Benny, and Tim.

Thoughts of the week

From Jack: Microsoft Ignite really blew me away. I recommend Brad Anderson’s super session on EUC, EMM, security, and identity. Many of the concepts covered in the session are also concepts I talked about last week in my article on “smarter” identity and access management. Some of this sounds far out, but it could have a real impact on EUC security and UX, and it can apply to a lot of us now.

AirWatch Connect is next week. Jack will be there in person, live blogging and digging deep into all things AirWatch EMM and VMware EUC.

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