IT trends: 2013 and 2014

Enterprise Mobility, Big Data (and analytics), Social Collaboration, Cloud computing and management are the top priorities of organizations in 2013 and 2014.

Empowering the end-user by giving access to Windows, Web and Mobile applications so they can access data and information systems from both private and public datacenters regardless of the device or location is the ultimate strategic objective for “tomorrow’s workspace.” The user’s workspace also needs “‘tomorrows dynamic datacenter” and “tomorrows IT organization” to use the full potential.

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Application and Desktop Delivery is an important area of the users workspace, it is a process which has the goal of offering applications independent of location and device, so users can work onsite, online, offsite, offline, anywhere, with any (own) device and at any time. The dynamic delivery of applications is an essential functionality and part of a broader workspace strategy.

It’s important to understand the various application and desktop delivery concepts, the bento box. Therefore PQR created an at-a-glance outline of the various application and desktop delivery solutions.

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3-2-1; Action!

When studying and determining which Application and Desktop Delivery solution suites with the users and your organization, it is essential to ask three questions:

1. What is the execution platform for the applications?

Within the execution platform, system resources are used in order to execute the windows, web-architected, rich mobile and mobile web-applications. The most frequently used execution platforms include the following: Desktop, Laptop, Ultrabook, Tablet, Smartphone, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Server Based Computing (also known as Session Virtualization). The choice of an execution platform is the most fundamental decision made! Applications are either executed locally on a device or centrally in a datacenter. Each execution platform has its own characteristics. In practice, every organization possesses a mixture of device access scenarios. The theories: “Less is more”, “Cut out the exceptions” and “Manage diversity” should always be in mind!

2. How will applications be made available on the execution platform?

An execution platform is great; but if there are no applications available on the platform, the platform is of no real value to the end-user. The second question is this: How will applications get onto the execution platform?! A number of solutions exist for making Windows, web-architected, rich internet and mobile web applications available on the platform.

3. How are the execution platform and the applications managed from an IT-Pro and from an end-user perspective?

An execution platform with a variety of windows, web and mobile applications can be created but how do you manage and maintain this environment?

Important points to keep in mind!

  • Do you need to manage the environment and/or devices?
  • In a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenario where does managing the environment start and where does it ends?
  • How is the desktop composed from a user perspective?
  • What are the different access scenarios?

These and more questions fit in this third question:

  • How do we control, maintain and support the workspace as a concept and as an endpoint device from an IT Pro and end-user perspective?

“Enterprise Mobile Management”, “Workspace Aggregation”, “Client Device Management” and “User Environment Management” solutions fit in this category.

The Bento Box Bliss of Enterprise Mobility

With a wide range of concepts, functionality and technology available it’s critical to understand out what Enterprise Mobility (EM) will bring for ME as a user. Join Peter Sterk and Ruben Spruijt at Citrix Synergy in their session SYN218 – The Bento Box Bliss of Enterprise Mobility. This energized session will give you an unbiased solutions overview of Enterprise Mobility. The session will also cover unbiased insights around: BYO, Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), Data Access, Workspace Aggregation, Application Delivery, Secure Access App-ification in the context of EM.

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Ruben Spruijt is CTO at PQR and is involved in determining PQR’s vision and strategy for enterprise mobility, virtualization and cloud management. Ruben is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and VMware vExpert and the only European with these three awards. He has presented on application and desktop delivery and virtualization solutions at national and international congresses. Contact Ruben or follow him on Twitter @rspruijt