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#XenMobile and the #Citrix Mobile Workspaces Architecture – #BYOD

This is a great blog post by Christopher Campbell and good picture to show the overall capabilities and architecture of the Citrix offering!

You’ve heard us talk about Mobile Workspaces and if you’re a techie you’re probably wondering if Citrix really has the architectural components (a complete, comprehensive and fully integrated architecture) that can deliver any app and data to any user on any device over any network?

Well let’s first identify a few of the market leading technologies that make up the Citrix Mobile Workspaces solution:

  • XenApp mobilizes and secures Windows apps on any device
  • XenDesktop securely delivers virtual Windows desktops and apps on any device
  • XenMobile manages and secures mobile, web and SaaS apps on mobile devices
  • GoToMeeting empowers people to meet and collaborate with anyone, anywhere
  • ShareFile shares and syncs corporate data securely from any location
  • NetScaler optimizes and secures app delivery and on any network
  • CloudPlatform orchestrates and provisions apps, desktops and IT services from any cloud

OK, OK. We know you have the products but do they really integrate?

Yes. Don’t believe me? Well as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is what the Mobile Workspace Architecture looks like.

OK. I get it.  You have the architecture but that doesn’t necessarily translate to a seamless user experience.

Still don’t believe huh? Well this is what the user experience looks like.

XenMobile is a key ingredient in delivering a mobile workspace.  Along with XenApp and XenDesktop it allows organizations to deliver on giving users access to any app from any device. In fact, if you’re an existing XenApp or XenDesktop customer, XenMobile seamlessly plugs into your existing architecture.

If you’re a XenDesktop or XenApp customer this is what your environment probably looks like.

Now this is what you need to enable EMM for BYO and COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled) devices and add that MDM, MAM, Secure Email, Secure Data…

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//Richard

 

Surprising Stats About Mobile Security

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Another good article!!

Surprising Stats About Mobile Security

IT security and data protection are the top ranked challenges faced by many mobile IT asset managers. This was certainly brought to light in Mobile Enterprise’s IT headaches executive survey, and recent research from the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) brings this to light as well.

When IAITAM asked: how do organizations handle mobility and security? Fifty five percent of respondents access the enterprise from a remote location during off hours and the same number can access enterprise information from any BYOD device. Yet only 60% of organizations track how, how long or who is accessing remotely.
Out of those employees who do access the enterprise remotely, slightly more than half use a secure key or digital pass, while 49% use a login name and password on a secure site. A little more than half (53%) of organizations surveyed have an intrusion protection system for deployed mobile units.

Lost/Stolen Devices Covered
Nearly 90% of respondents have a mobile device policy and process in place for lost, misplaced or stolen mobile devices. At the same time, little more than a quarter have real-time location system tracking on any/all mobile devices. Still, 56% say they are able to perform a remote wipe of all data.
Less than half (43%) will automatically replace a lost, misplaced or stolen device within a 24 to 48 hour period. Eighty-four percent of companies have a firm policy that employees leaving the company must surrender their mobile device(s).
Tracking software downloaded on devices and preventing software downloads came in third and fourth as the most challenging issues, respectively, but with the predicted growth of mobile malware, this number could change going forward.

Asset Tracking?
Nearly 60% believe that they are managing mobile security adequately, but nearly 75% surveyed felt that licensing and management of mobile device assets is a challenge; 52% track their assets using an automated tool, while 36% still use spreadsheets. Another 12% are not tracking mobile assets at all. Members of the Mobile Enterprise Editorial Advisory recently had few things to say about this topic.
The main software programs accessed through a mobile handheld device or smartphone are Microsoft (85%), Google (52%) and Adobe (26%). Many of these same software publishers aggressively protect their intellectual property through software audits.

BYOD
Fifty-one percent of organizations surveyed had a BYOD or BYOT [technology] program that allows employees to use their personal mobile devices for work purposes. Surprisingly, 60% who took advantage of a BYOD program only accounted for 25% or less of employees who brought in their personal devices. 
 
More than three-quarters (77%) allow their employees…
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//Richard

Future Workplace Formula = 1 person x 6 devices @ two-thirds of a desk

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

This was an interesting news/announcement from Citrix, and I must agree with it! We’re moving into a new workplace era!

Get ready for redesigned offices that reduce real estate through fewer desks, redesigned space, increased mobility and use of BYO devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif. » By 2020 organizations are set to reduce office space by almost a fifth (17 percent) according to a new study by Citrix, a leader in mobile and cloud technology. The workplace of the future will provide just seven desks for every ten office workers, with each person accessing the corporate IT network from an average of six different computing devices. The figure for 2020 is as low as six desks for every ten workers in Singapore, the Netherlands, the USA and the UK. Some of the highest desk to worker ratios in 2020 will be in Japan (8.77), South Korea (7.95) and Germany (7.90).

Almost every organization says they will redesign office space to be more appealing. The workplace of the future will foster creativity, be inspiring and encourage collaboration by enabling people to work from wherever, whenever and on whatever device so that work becomes something people do, not a place people go.

The Citrix Workplace of the Future report, which polled 1,900 senior IT decision-makers across 19 countries, shows that a third of people (29 percent) will no longer work from their traditional office. Instead employees will base themselves from various semi-permanent locations including the home (64 percent), field and project sites (60 percent), and customer or partner premises (50 percent). People are also expected to access corporate applications, data and services from locations such as hotels, airports, coffee shops and while in transit.

The trend towards fewer office-based employees – who use multiple computing devices to access corporate apps, data and services from a range of locations outside of the traditional office – is part of a global trend called mobile workstyles. Globally, a quarter (24 percent) of organizations have already fully adopted mobile workstyles. By the middle of 2014, 83 percent of organizations will have embraced mobile workstyles.

Mobile workstyles have been adopted widely and rapidly because it offers a number of benefits.

  • For organizations, workshifting  – where people move work to more optimal times and locations – creates a more flexible, agile workplace (73 percent), lower employee-related costs (53 percent), reduce real estate costs (48 percent) and help attract (47 percent) and retain (44 percent) top talent.
  • Employees benefit from workshifting with more flexibility (65 percent), increased personal productivity (62 percent), less commuting time (61 percent), and abetter work/life balance (55 percent). It also…

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//Richard

 

#Citrix #BYOD Architecture overview – #XenMobile, #Mobility

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

I must say that this blog post is of course Citrix “twisted”, but I really like it! And it shows how Citrix provides a pretty complete offering in order to deliver Mobility- and BYO-compliant services.

The Citrix blog written by Christopher Campbell makes sense and I also agree that a picture is worth a thousand words! 🙂

I’m going to make this real easy and simple. As my grandfather would say “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

If you’re a XenDesktop or XenApp customer this is what your environment probably looks like.

Now this is what you need to enable BYOD and add that MAM, MDM, MIM (Data) and overall EMM functionality you’re looking for.

This is what your environment looks like after you enable BYOD.

Didn’t get that? OK, here is what BYOD looks like with multiple vendors.

Now, here is what BYOD looks like with Citrix.

Got it?

Read the whole blog post here!

//Richard

AppSense MobileNow – BYOD, MAM

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok, this is really interesting! What is AppSense up to when it comes to their new MobileNow and DataNow products? Are they simple understanding that they have to broaden their portfolio to find new market shares and are following the others like VMware with Horizon and Citrix with CloudGateway or are they trying to step up and try to take the lead and shortly add capabilities that the others have? Still I’m a bit puzzled and need to understand more…

But AppSense is not a huge corporation like Symantec so they could invest and try to speed up their capability development within this area… really interesting!

Here are some information about their MobileNow product:

BYOD Done Right

MobileNow is the first and only solution architected from day one to solve the complete Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) problem for both IT and employees. It delivers real-time security, control and compliance for IT and a seamless experience and freedom of choice – apps, data, and devices – for executives and employees.  Unlike status quo MDM-only solutions, MobileNow doesn’t require you to take complete control over and manage employees’ personal devices, apps and data. And unlike proprietary “container” and SDK-based solutions, MobileNow doesn’t limit users to only a small number of proprietary apps.

Read more…

Fire Your CIO

Ok, yet another interesting article!

The following post is by Mike Abramsky, principal of Red Team Global , which facilitates technology innovation via collaborative workshops and consulting.

Do you stifle productivity – or shoot the CIO?

That’s the dilemma increasingly faced by CEOs. With the rise of tablets, smartphones, social media, apps and personal clouds, we are in the midst of a profound computing shift, perhaps the greatest technology revolution in the enterprise since the invention of the PC. But the IT department with its risk-averse, slow-moving, heavy-handed culture threatens to torpedo hoped-for productivity.

This revolution is more than just technology; some CEOs recognize it as early days of Retooling the Enterprise. The ease of adoption of these new tools means non-technical staff can pursue faster, more flexible”

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//Richard

Mastering the BYOD trend: The ultimate guide

Have a look at this BYOD guide and get inspired! 😉

“Let’s face it: The BYOD trend is a big deal.

IT admins have questions about the influx of personal smartphones and tablets in the enterprise. They worry about it. And they often need help figuring out what to do about bring your own device (BYOD) management, security and application delivery.

It takes a combination of technology, policy and organization-wide strategy to maximize the benefits of a BYOD program and minimize the risks. This comprehensive guide explains the basics and offers helpful, in-depth tips for admins stuck at any level of a BYOD program.” 

Continue reading here!

//Richard

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