Last Week in Microsoft Enterprise Mobility: Sept 1st to 7th, 2014

With IFA last week lots of this week’s news was driven around devices rather than the infrastructure to manage them. Some interesting form factors appeared (particularly the crazy curved Samsung device: just shows what we can do with glass today!). More interesting is the price point movement that IT should be keeping a watching brief over.

Cloud Apps (SaaS)

I present about EMS almost every week, as I do I continually go into the SaaS apps portal within Azure AD and add applications. Each time the number of apps available for me to connect with is leaping up. This week we announced that there are now over 50 apps supporting federation in Azure AD (as opposed to password vaulting) in our solution. Does your enterprise mobility solution instantly federate you with 50+ apps and over 2000 more?

Devices

Last week was IFA in berlin and we announced a slew of devices including the Lumia 730, 735, 830 with great prices and specs. There were some other great devices announced from some of the leading enterprise hardware vendors too like this great HP ENVY (image below) but also some lower cost devices like the ones announced by Toshiba. As I look at these devices I’m seeing something of a pattern: quality devices that achieve business outcomes at more reasonable price points…I also see these price points driving more “disposability” within IT – which less face it needs to reduce the 3 year purchase cycle in order to stay apace of innovation. I’m also rather loving the gaming PCs produced by Lenovo.

Virtual Desktops and Apps

Brad Anderson this week posted about Azure RemoteApp a great piece of our mobility story that becomes really useful when you don’t have time or money to rebuild your apps for a modern platform or architecture, or where things are too bandwidth intensive. Of course it has other uses too.

The philosophy behind Azure RemoteApp is simple: There are a lot of scenarios and industries where an app-based approach is more efficient than desktops

Outside of Microsoft

Finally I found this article about the Digital vs IT divide posing questions about is there a generational gap between IT leaders that defines company success. Very thought provoking.

Storage

Box had their annual BoxWorks conference last week and they had Jared Leto on stage talking about how storage is empowering artists. The main thing to take away is how storage isn’t about storing your stuff anymore (that is almost a given) it’s about what you can do with it once you’ve stored it.

What do you think?