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Microsoft Ignite: What to Expect

Posted: September 15, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft Ignite

workspaces.jpgKeeping up with the pace of change that Microsoft is delivering to the market is not a simple task for average IT professional. Since unfortunately not every IT & business professional can track every new innovation coming out of the Redmond, WA campus, events like Ignite help to accelerate the learning curve and offer an opportunity for many IT pros to advance their training and certification.

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Apple Announcements: Good for Businesses?

Posted: September 13, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Apple, Enterprise Mobility, iphone

facial_recognition.jpgApple tends to lean heavily in towards the everyday consumer and not speak to the potential value to businesses. It feels a bit like they have so much trust in their fanbase that Apple automatically assumes that their technology will get pulled into businesses without having to address the business market. Some may call this approach arrogant and others would call this brilliant, but the fact remains that we have witnessed from day one of the Apple iPhone that appealing to consumers and application developers has created an automatic shoo-in into the business. ESG research consistently shows that end-users are creating a significant push for business to support Apple devices (personal and corporate owned).

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How the Fluid Network Perimeter Is Driving an Internet of Identities

Posted: August 10, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, IAM, Enterprise Mobility, Internet of Identities

internet-identities.jpgMy esteemed colleague, Jon Oltsik, previously wrote about how identity and access management infrastructure is misaligned with security. Mobility, device proliferation, cloud, and the threat landscape make an enterprise IAM strategy extremely important, but many organizations continue to treat IAM as a hot potato, with no real owner or strategy. As I’m pursuing an upcoming research project related exploring IAM's key role in providing security via the Internet of Identities and speaking with IT pros who are rearchitecting their IAM infrastructure for mobility, I’m excited about how these business activities can be dramatically improved by taking a fresh look at IAM.

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Google I/O Fascinates Developers, but How About CIOs?

Posted: May 19, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: google, Enterprise Mobility, artificial intelligence, Google I/O

GoogleIONotes.jpgAttending Google I/O you can instantly feel the inspiration and visually see the excitement from the developers. I quickly learned that long gone are my days programming COBOL!?!?! Creativity runs wild at the event and while it is easy to get excited about the innovation that Google splashes around, I try to snap a business lens on everything I see so I can start matching Google with the top IT and business priorities ESG captures in our research. This involves some creative thinking, but here it goes.

Let’s first start with the most creative piece--I need to give credit to Corey Latislaw for tweeting these fascinating and accurate notes.

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The VMware EUC Team’s Execution Machine Continues to Roll

Posted: May 18, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: VMware, Enterprise Mobility, EUC

Mobility_Desktop.jpgIt is a busy time of year for IT vendor announcements, and the VMware EUC team is actively demonstrating its path to growth with multiple announcements. Before dipping into the specifics, it is important to put a few items in perspective:

  • The EUC business unit is one of the top, if not the top, primary growth areas for VMware.
  • Now that the dust has settled with the Dell EMC acquisition, the execution machine has started to roll down the tracks.
  • Digital workspace transformation is a major component of IT transformation (core to Dell EMC strategy) and an area the EUC team is ready to strike with relentless go-to-market and sales execution.
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Will WannaCry Help Drive Google Chromebooks?

Posted: May 15, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Microsoft, google, Enterprise Mobility, chromebook, wannacry

crying_user.jpgMicrosoft Windows is prime target for cybercriminals, and the daunting cadence of patching places businesses at great risk. Factor in the unsettling thought that critical business systems still run on Windows operating systems that have reached EOL years ago. IT pros like to point the finger at Microsoft and, while one would think that exploits like WannaCry ransomware should negatively impact Microsoft’s credibility, the vendor is not likely going to be held accountable. However, the skyrocketing valuation of cybersecurity IT vendors as a result of WannaCry also has the potential to create a similar ripple effect for Google Chromebooks.

First, let’s agree that if a business system is written and designed around the Windows operating system, it’s likely going to involve an application migration and/or re-platform. Typically, projects like these are associated with a high cost of change that halts investment. Now, let’s factor in the race to the cloud for applications, data, business intelligence, and improved security. With this technology shift, the conundrum of an application being written to run locally on a client OS is diminishing—thus creating an ideal environment for companies to consider Google Chromebooks. WannaCry has indeed generated an opportunity for Google to:

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Is Intel Inside Your Digital Transformation?

Posted: May 10, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Citrix, Intel, Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation, Citrix Synergy

GettyImages-611998336.jpgToday’s market opportunity for IT vendors is razor-focused on cloud consumption and economics. As a result, it can be easy to lose track of what’s actually powering on-premises data centers, various cloud platforms, and massive numbers of ever-proliferating endpoints.

In a prior role, when I was running an IT organization, it was difficult to acquire new servers at the rapid pace at which innovation was happening in the x86 server market—even though each server upgrade would provide an instant increase in application performance. While the performance bump still exists, the benefits extend beyond core performance—so it’s also important to understand the scale and security benefits. And speaking of scale and security, with Citrix Synergy right around the corner, it seems only fitting to take a look at Intel and Citrix.

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Top 5 Characteristics of a High-quality Citrix Technology Partner

Posted: February 09, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Citrix, channel partner, Enterprise Mobility


ESG-Channel-Acceleration-Award-2017.pngLike many of ESG’s clients, I have had the good fortune to observe and work with Citrix for over 10 years. Over these years, I have seen Citrix continue on its journey of innovation for cost-effective and secure solutions that drive workplace efficiency and value. Along the way, Citrix has amassed an impressive ecosystem of Alliance Partners that have globally extended the value to IT professionals.   

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ESG 2017 Predictions - Enterprise Mobility (Video)

Posted: December 20, 2016   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Enterprise Mobility, 2017 predictions

predictions.jpgThe pace of technology change and fascinating business innovations were the highlights of 2016, but I think we are just starting to see how mobility is impacting the world. I’m excited to watch the blending of old and new technology inside of businesses as they look to deliver a high quality secure experience for end-users in 2017. My curiosity is piqued in many areas for the coming year, but I took a moment to highlight these topics in the following video.

  • Cloud-hosted workspaces
  • Threat management enablement
  • A new generation of IT decision makers
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Time to Stop Buying IT Hardware for Your Data Center

Posted: December 02, 2016   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: cloud, Enterprise Mobility

re Invent 4.jpgI recently attended AWS re:Invent, and while I have seen some pretty impressive business use cases that have bent their strategies toward the cloud, I walked away truly wondering why businesses would ever purchase a piece of IT infrastructure again. Let’s face it, managing IT infrastructure has been one of the most difficult and specialized jobs of IT, and most IT organizations do an amazing job at managing complex architectures, but why continue to do so?

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