A couple of years ago, UIAs (user-installed applications) were all the rage. AppSense had a product called StrataApps (and you can do it in Application Manager also), RES has native functionality that allows this, Unidesk can do it (admittedly in a slightly different way with its layering technology), Citrix was pushing Personal vDisk with its acquisition of RingCube—the list goes on. However, the actual use of UIA functionality has been limited, to say the least, and the response to it from IT departments remains frosty at best. Despite predictions that UIA requirements would become an integral part of desktop and (to a lesser extent) server virtualization projects, they seem to have quietly faded away. What happened to the UIAs?
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The User Managed Application is the IT manager’s redheaded stepchild. It may be unloved and unwanted, but it’s there and it’s not going away.The lack of enthusiasm for user managed applications is readily understandable. They are a liability, a licensing compliance headache, a drain of resources, and a security risk.
A significant problem when providing a Microsoft Windows desktop is how to give users control to let them get on with their job productively, while ensuring their time isn’t wasted and your business exposed to unnecessary risks and costs. Too little control and unlicensed software, possibly even malware and viruses, can be on your network. Too much control and IT limits, rather than supports. Something as simple as installing a custom printer driver is far more complicated than it should be.
At the recent technical conference Pubforum in Frankfurt, I was able to view a demo of two new up and coming features in Appsense‘s Application Manager – namely User Rights Management (URM) and User Installed Applications (UIA). Both are very impressive new additions to that product; features that can be used to help reduce management costs of your any desktops – not only for mobile users – but for any user who needs a greater level of personal control over a standardised environment, be that a traditional PC or a hosted desktop, to get their job done.
On his twitter account Harry Labana (@harrylabana), Citrix’s VP and CTO Desktop and Application Virtualization, posed the question “Are User Installed Applications A Compliance Nightmare Waiting To Happen“. User Installed Applications do indeed empower the user – but is there truly a business gain to allowing users greater freedom to control their workspace.
Virtualised desktops give organisations greater flexibility and agility in delivering a user workspace to users. Workspaces don’t need to be delivered on a company supplied device, user’s own laptops or even publicly available devices can be used. Citrix’s CEO Mark Templeton believes this greater agility will lead to IT being consumerised – users not only working where they want to work, but choosing and managing the tools that help them work effectively.