The Network Game

by Brian Katz on August 30, 2012 · 1 comment

I’m not much of a musician so although I have the feeling I could put these all into a Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start the Fire” parody, Gunnar Peterson and I decided to play a game today on twitter. So what do all these things have in common?

  • Buildings
  • Tunnels
  • Elevators
  • Remote Retreats
  • International Airplanes
  • Downtown Manhattan
  • Downtown San Francisco
  • Many hotels
  • Basements
  • Thick Walled Rooms
  • Faraday Cages
  • Athletic Stadiums on game day
  • Huge swaths of the country

These all make up parts of our song on places you can’t get network access and need to use your mobile devices offline. We heard lots of people talking about VDI this week as a result of VMworld taking place but even VMware admits that there are times that remote desktop capability doesn’t cut it. It’s nice that they can create a virtual machine on my laptop and deliver that desktop to me but what about on my tablet or phone?

I can’t count the number of times, don’t have enough digits, that I have wanted to get something done and don’t have any connectivity whatsoever. Even worse, when I am sitting in a hotel hooked up to their WiFi wondering why I am not hearing the whistles and pops of the 14.4 modem connecting in the background as my data comes to me through 2 cups and a string…

Any company that is going to take mobile seriously has to take into account working offline or they have forgotten the whole point of mobile, which is to enable your workers. If you think VDI is for anything other than temporarily giving access to legacy applications while you turn them into native apps than you will be facing a BYOA revolt the likes of which you have never seen. The VDI user experience on an iPad is bad enough, when you can’t connect at all,  your users are doing is holding an expensive brick.

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Swarna September 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Very well said. If I cannot access those enterprise apps, how good are they in the first place? Offline access is very important to ensure that user experience remains the same – even with the intermittent internet disconnectivity.

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