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July/August 2015, Volume 4, Issue 7

To deal with end-user computing trends, try nothing

Conference Season 2015 was a busy one. One of the things I like most about conferences is that I can talk to a lot of people in a short amount of time. It's an opportunity for some personal, albeit unscientific, market research through which I can get a sense of what's happening across a broad spectrum of end-user companies. If I were to summarize my recent conference conversations, I'd say the theme is "confusion." This applies to the entire industry, according to my conversations with both large and small customers. Most companies have spent the past several years getting off of Windows XP and onto Windows 7. They plan to skip Windows 8 and 8.1 (except for new devices with touch screens) and go right to Windows 10. The vast majority of their employees still use traditional Windows desktops and laptops. They have Citrix XenApp, which they use strategically for certain apps and desktops, and they have a sprinkling of VDI that they first tried a few years ago, but it never really took off. On the mobile front, most companies ...

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