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AI World Conference & Expo · Boston, MA · December 11-13, 2017

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This week, Aruba Networks is holding its Atmosphere event in Las Vegas. Atmosphere is actually a collection of conferences – Airheads user event, Partner Summit, Investor day, and an IT Executive Forum – so it provided a great venue for Aruba to announce its Mobility Defined Networks (MDN) architecture. The primary driver of an MDN is the changes in network traffic and user behavior from the rise of GenMobile workers. If you aren’t familiar with GenMobile, it’s the term that Aruba has started to use as the set of workers that precede GenY, which preceded GenX.

The GenMobile demographic is comprised of individuals who are tied to their mobile device for everything in their lives. Previous generations augmented their lives with a mobile device, but GenMobile depends on it for everything from entertainment, their personal lives and, of course, their working lives. This is different than GenYers that relied on mobility to work at the office or at home. GenMobile-ers can be working or not working at any moment and any location. The mobile device is what makes this happen.

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Last month, VMware made a big splash in the Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) market by plunking down over $1.5 billion for AirWatch. EMM, formerly known as mobile device management (MDM), has been one of the hottest market segments in tech, primarily due to the seemingly unstoppable force know as BYOD. This acquisition comes a little over a year after Citrix purchased Zenprise to complement its mobile offering. IBM also acquired FiberLink in late 2013, signaling the market for EMM is finally going through some long-awaited and badly needed consolidation given the vendors’ mad rush into it.

The AirWatch acquisition makes a tremendous amount of sense for VMware, as the company has been trying to strengthen its position in both the end-user computing market and the mobility space. AirWatch will roll up to Sanjay Poonen, an executive whom VMware hired to run the end-user computing space. VMware had hired Poonen away from SAP, where he led that company’s mobility strategy. VMware is the de facto standard today in server virtualization and is looking to parlay that position into success in mobile computing.

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There’s rarely a company I talk to nowadays that doesn’t have some kind of bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, program underway. The most recent survey data from ZK Research shows that 82% of organizations now support BYOD in some form. Also, the majority of IT leaders I’ve talked to say that the pressure to implement BYOD is coming from multiple angles – C-level executives, line-of-business managers, and younger workers are among the most common.

BYOD can mean different things to different buyers and the challenges range from on-boarding concerns, network readiness, security policies and other factors. The top challenge, though? That’s creating a consistent user experience across the myriad of devices out there.

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To learn more about this topic, please join me on June 13th at 11am at an event in Marlborough, MA. Here is the registration link: www.versacomm.com/shoreteldock

The vision of being able to deliver any content or application to any device no matter where a worker is located has eluded IT for over a decade now. The desire to get there is great as it promises to change the way people work and raise the productivity level of employees no matter where they may be. Any inability to fulfill this “any” vision certainly shouldn’t be looked at as reflection of IT. It’s more that the technology didn’t really exist to enable a truly fluid, mobile work environment.

Most companies had to be content with having limited portability versus true mobility. What’s the difference? Let me explain. The legacy “mobile toolkit” consisted of a worker having a corporate-issued laptop with preinstalled company-issued applications. All of a worker’s files and content are also loaded onto the laptop. The worker then carries the laptop around, attaches to a hotspot or other network when not in the office, and connects over a VPN client. Is this really a mobile office? I say it’s not – it’s portable.

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At the end of last week, Cisco’s OJ Winge published a blog announcing that the company would cease investments in its Cius tablet. Does this mean it’s end-of-lifing it or killing it as I’ve read in many of the press articles? No, it does not.

In fact, if you read the rest of the blog post, Winge states that Cisco would continue to support the existing base of Cius tablets (which is small) and make the Cisco-branded tablet available to a handful of customers that require a ruggedized, corporate-first tablet. With that being said, the fact remains that we won’t be seeing the Cius tablet in the hands of your doctor or at Best Buy any time soon as it’s not a big focus point for Cisco.

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Sometime in the past month Brocade stealthily launched a community forum (community.brocade.com/openscript) for its ADX Application Delivery Controller (ADC).  The Brocade forum will be powered with Brocade’s OpenScript Programming Engine, which is a PERL-based scripting interface to allow Brocade ADX administrators to create custom functionality for its service provider customer base.  

The use of PERL is a good decision for Brocade as it’s well adopted in service provider environments today so the barrier to entry should be fairly low.  As powerful as PERL is though, the real leverage with this announcement will be from the OpenScript Community.  

The community allows Brocade administrators to ask each other questions, share scripts and collaborate with one another.  In essence the community site facilitates conversations and collaboration between customers that have deployed ADX.  If executed on correctly, the community can create value for all Brocade customers. 

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