Intelligent thoughts from MMS on BYOD/VDI/MDM and IT Strategy

Even though most of my day to day work life is grounded in the operations and infrastructure space I still like to try to keep informed of what my former colleagues in the desktop world are up to. Lately at work there has been increasing  rumblings about BYOD in conjunction with VDI. It is strange, because while I can think of very specific use cases in which these are fantastic ideas, all too often the enthusiasm for the shiny new technology or approach seems to outpace and even forget the problem it was seeking to solve in the first place.

It is with this in mind that I highly recommend you take some time and listen to Eduardo Kassner’s talk from MMS 2013 this year entitled “Develop a Successful Flexible Desktop Strategy in Today’s Digital Era.” Eduardo is a former CIO and veteran of the IT industry who has a certain talent for cutting through technology hype/BS in a way that is blunt, honest, and refreshing. What he has to say is not always easy to hear, but it is definitely worth your time.

“When I ask you what is your strategy I am looking for you to look really really well into what you want to achieve?

Are you here to make to your end user experience better?

Are you here to give them more flexibility?

Are you here to reduce your cost of operations?

You can’t say yes to all those. It doesn’t work.

So if you say, I want cheaper, faster, better, and prettier– it’s a NO.

So you are going to have to let go of something there. What I am trying to say is if you don’t have this goal defined everything else that I am going to talk about today doesn’t matter. It is the hardest part, it is the most boring part, and it is the most critical.”

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MMS 2013: Sessions available online!!!

Microsoft has made all of the sessions from MMS available for free via the following link:

This is incredibly awesome, but also a little daunting because of the volume of information available to you.

My preferred method of consuming as many talks as humanly possible is to download them locally, and then play with any application that allows you to step up the speed of the speaker. This way I can listen to the talks without giving up quite as much of my free time. If I hit something really interesting, I slow the talk back down.

I prefer VLC player, but there are any number of apps that can do this.

Throughout the week I will be posting links to talks that I found interesting, along with my notes from the sessions.



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