Last week at VMworld 2014 I met with Rana Kanaan, VP of products at Workspot, to get a demo of the latest version of their product.
You might remember that Harry Labana wrote about Workspot here on BrianMadden.com about a year and a half ago. The basics are that the Workspot app provides remote mobile access to web and SaaS apps; files in network file shares and SharePoint; and most recently remote desktops and published applications through an RDP client. It has built-in VPN and SSO capabilities as well as all the appropriate document viewers. To bring everything together, Workspot has a cloud-based service for configuration, administration, and to provide analytics. No data enters the Workspot service itself. Instead, all the connections go straight from the client to existing enterprise resources. Workspot has clients for iOS and Android, and they’re currently working on a Windows desktop client.
Admittedly when I first heard about Workspot, I wasn’t too interested because it lacks some of the parts of a full-on EMM solution, like a native email client or integration with other native mobile apps. But after another year and half watching companies struggle to figure out their mobility strategies, I have a lot more appreciation for the value of Workspot, and I think that it’s an excellent way to tackle mobility immediately. Quite simply, it does a lot in a straightforward and inexpensive package. Yes, you could many more complex things with full on EMM and future workspace aggregation products from Citrix or VMware, but those would involve much more time, effort, and cost.
For email integration, I like the idea that you could continue to do whatever you’re already doing for mobile email (whether it’s MDM/native client, a 3rd-party email app, or just basic ActiveSync) and then use Workspot for everything else (EFSS, VPN access to internal web apps, etc.). If you need to get files from your email to Workspot or vice versa, then you could use OWA from within the client.