I decided to put this question to the public vote, and I’ll be honest, the result didn’t surprise me.
We’ve just been through the most disruptive year since the 1940s, and that’s bound to shake up IT priorities. One of the biggest outcomes of the pandemic has been the massive shift to remote working.
I’ve personally seen customers rapidly roll out Virtual Apps & Desktops projects in super-quick time, along with adopting cloud strategies they’d previously put off. I’ve also seen a renewed focus on security, with Zero-Trust being seen as critical for workers now operating from their kitchens.
Why didn’t the results surprise me? Well, Employee Experience has been booming over the past 12 months. Just look at the exec moves in EUC recently. Jeff Mitchell, previously Global VP of Sales for EUC at VMware, made a move to Nexthink, the DEX leader last year. Earlier this year, long time veteran of Microsoft, Brad Anderson, moved to Qualtrics, another leader in this space.
What I didn’t expect was for DEX to be so far out in front of IAM. DEX leads by a country mile. Also, it’s easy to feel sorry for UEM and Virtual Apps & Desktops. However, it’s important to bear in mind that this is simply a survey of the hottest EUC topics. UEM and Virtual Apps & Desktops still make up the majority of EUC strategies and the EUC installed base.
This has been a fascinating insight. I think I’m going to have to run some more LinkedIn polls! In the meantime, keep a look out for the video I’m creating that explores the above in more detail.