Sean Donahue

By: Sean Donahue

XenApp connector for SCCM

Today Microsoft and Citrix announced the release of the new XenApp connector for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (a.k.a Project Thor). When I was at Microsoft I was part of the team that brought the original connector to market (f.k.a Project Titan). These releases are great steps forward in the user centric computing model.

In their blog (which you can find here)…Citrix told us a story about “Ann”, as part of their news release on a XenApp connector for Microsoft SCCM.

More About Ann…

We at RES, given our deep interest in technology about how IT professionals are going to resolve consumerization trends, are interested in such things. So we decided to take a closer look at Ann… or rather at Ann’s business-related activity.

First, let’s look at what Ann wants to do according to the Citrix blog

“Ann has a meeting and wants to use a kiosk PC in a conference room to review some technical design documents she has created. I may not want to have the app permanently installed on the shared conference room machine. With the new user-centric deployment types in System Center 2012 I can deal with this scenario by setting a rule so that the app gets delivered to Ann as an App-V package when she’s using that machine.”

In his next scenario, Mr. Citrix blog then has her working at home over the weekend because, as he observes, “Ann is very dedicated.” But we think Ann’s life is really more complicated than that. For example, in our world, Ann doesn’t mind taking a few liberties with her super-sensitive, top secret engineering designs.

Ann has accessed her super-sensitive, top secret engineering designs on her tablet – let’s say, just for grins, it’s a Microsoft Surface. While she is dedicated, she’s also pretty hungry; so she and the tablet wind up strolling down the hallways into the company cafeteria where, rumor has it, it’s pizza day. She really shouldn’t of course, but Ann decides a couple of slices won’t do too much harm. She picks out a dining table in the crowded cafeteria, and leaves her Surface behind, face up, kick stand out, engineering diagrams and all. {BTW, this is how I envision Ann as she sits across the café table from me}


A security breach? Perhaps. But pizza beckons. And if that isn’t an extenuating circumstance, what is?

But in fact, unbeknownst to Ann (who would immediately correct her mistake had she been taking note of it – she is, after all, dedicated), her company is also using RES Software. And as soon as she enters the public domain, the WiFi access point used by her Surface changes. And RES Software is watching. Instantly, RES instructs Ann’s desktop infrastructure to dynamically alter what IT services she has access to – in real time. The Visio diagrams are safe. All the while Ann, blissfully innocent, is tucking into her pizza.

But also, Ann is loving the SCCM App Catalog (Why not the Receiver App Store?). Oh well, anyway Ann loves the “On-Demand” self service capability but she longs for something more – due, perhaps to carb-driven cravings from her recent 3-slice pizza binge (I know we said it was just two; but let’s give her a break!).

Ann wonders why she can’t simply have all her IT services in this on-demand world. After all, her three-year old son, Spartacus, can access any episode of Barney on any device at any time. (She can’t get that theme song out of her head!) Her husband can buy any item, 24 / 7 no matter how outlandish from Amazon. Why can’t Ann’s corporate IT folks provide her with the same easy, anytime, dynamic access for simple IT service items like a new printer, a new mouse, a simple password or PIN reset?

Recently the God particle was discovered by colliding particles in a massive accelerator in France. What we are experiencing here is a similar collision and it is corporate IT colliding with consumer IT. What particle will result? RES Software calls it an “IT Store.” The one stop shop for everything IT – software, services, hardware. It’s the next wave of technology that will change Ann’s life (her working life anyway). Can it be far off?


This is an exciting time to be part of this emerging space and in such great “esprit de corps” with the likes of Microsoft and Citrix.

Note from the author: You may have noticed that NFR 22 was followed by NFR 24. What happened to NFR 23, you ask. I am not ashamed to say it was censored for being too “provocative.” Sigh…

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