I still remember the day I had to feed the PC with 20+ 3.5” disks to load it up with Windows 95. The ultimate result of the install was fantastic for time, but the process was like watching paint dry! I didn’t have to worry much about laptops, and cell phones were just beginning to take hold…but I did carry a beeper. Wow have times dramatically changed. I am headed off to attend Citrix Synergy and Microsoft TechEd with a sharp focus on:
- The choices businesses have with alternative desktop and application delivery models. Which use cases they may map to and how aggressive (or not) IT is planning and adopting new delivery models.
- Determining how critical heterogeneous device support may be becoming and the different approaches Citrix and Microsoft may take in a world where Apple-, Google-, and Microsoft-based devices are sprinkled throughout most businesses.
- The criticality of an app store. The app store works extremely well for consumers, but are businesses looking for the same experience? And, if so, how can they apply it to their unique businesses?
- Potential new application development trends. I’m curious to see if businesses are looking closer at web designed apps, mobile apps, Windows apps, etc., and which development tools they are using to create the new generation of applications.
- Device management. MDM (mobile device management) and MAM (mobile application management) sure seem to capture a lot of market and investor attention, but are these quickly becoming commoditized or are they true differentiators in the market?
I have my theories on all of these, and I'm excited to spend some seat time with the folks at Citrix and Microsoft as well as end-user attendees to see how they are prioritizing mobile workspaces and what each of these companies has in store. Please keep checking in to my blog and follow me on twitter (@markbowker) to keep track of real-time information we may glean from these events.