As folks know, Landesk/Heat/Ivanti has made many key acquisitions over the last year. I have been in and around the technology industry approximately 20 years. I started in IT, was a sales engineer but spent the bulk of my career being a product manager. Now that I am out of product management, it is refreshing but exciting because I now see things from the customer point of view. As I read the latest blog from my friends at Ivanti, I found it interesting both as a partner and customer, but with the mindset of an ex-product manager. As a customer of AppSense or RES ONE Workspace, step back, take a moment and read this great blog that will explain your future.
In my product career, I have integrated products (Ardence to Citrix), built new products (NetScaler Cloud Bridge) and even end-of-life a product (XenClient). Joining RES, I had the distinct privilege to take on a product in an extremely tough space, keep it afloat and push it through a two-year (actually eight years) re-coding effort (RES ONE Workspace). I also had a side hobby of mergers and acquisitions. In my opinion, AppSense is the platform of choice. If you are an RES customer, I would advise you to prepare for change because the next generation of Ivanti Workspace Manager will almost certainly be more AppSense code than RES. If you want to get ahead of the curve, moving over to AppSense (Ivanti Workspace Manager) now wouldn’t be a bad move. That and AppSense is a solid product!
Remember, being a product manager is a tough job!
My Take: If I Were Ivanti
Ivanti (Clearlake Capital Group) has a tough job ahead. They have overlapping products up and down the stack. I could write a whole blog just on that, but today – we focus on RES ONE Workspace and Appsense. If I were Ivanti, here is what I would do…
In short, Ivanti has a tough job ahead, BUT as a customer, you should be excited because they have TWO excellent user environment management products! If I were Ivanti, I would work from a clean slate and pull in essential features, but that would take years. So naturally, they must pick a platform and run with it. AppSense makes sense in my book, but I would figure out a way to merge the consoles into a web GUI, move to a single database and pull in context awareness from RES ONE Workspace. As a customer, yes, the next few years will be uncertain, but I am confident in my friends at Ivanti. They will do right by the customer and give the proper path to upgrade. Patience is your friend and remember; being a product manager is a tough job!
Watch for more blogs on Ivanti — there are a lot of hidden gems in their stack!