BriForum session topics

Your roadmap for re-imagining the enterprise end-user computing environment

BriForum is about end-user computing - we live, eat, and breathe at the point where end users intersect with enterprise IT technology. We talk about desktop virtualization and VDI products. We look into DaaS platforms. We dig into enterprise mobility technologies. We cover the nerve-wracking (yet very real) trend of "consumerization" - evaluating the enterprise-focused products that allow you to maintain the control and compliance you need against a back-drop of users who are able to buy and use whatever they want.

Of course none of this matters if you can't figure out how it all fits together. You need a roadmap and framework for re-imagining the enterprise end-user computing environment, and that is BriForum!

BriForum consists of 40+ sessions. The agenda is currently under development. We are planning sessions based on the following topic suggestions*:

Desktop Virtualization

  • VDI / Datacenter-hosted desktops
  • Blade PCs / Blade workstations / HP Moonshot
  • VDI products, like Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View, Microsoft Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RDVH), Quest, Symantec, etc.
  • Client-based VMs and client hypervisors (both Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH)
  • Citrix XenApp and the Citrix Access Platform
  • Dell Wyse vWorkspace
  • Storage Optimization
  • Smaller SBC vendors such as Ericom, 2X, Jetro Platforms, Thinspace, HOBsoft, Leostream, etc.

Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)

  • Comparison of providers (VMware Desktone, TuCloud, Amazon WorkSpaces, etc.)
  • Internally-hosted DaaS versus cloud-based external DaaS
  • Single application DaaS versus whole desktop solutions
  • Dealing with technical, regulatory, and mental challenges of DaaS

Windows Desktop Application Management

  • App virtualization
  • Microsoft App-V
  • VMware ThinApp
  • Citrix XenApp Streaming
  • Symantec Workspace Virtualization (formerly Altiris SVS)
  • Smaller vendors, such as InstallFree,, etc.
  • App streaming
  • Apps streamed to local devices
  • Remoting apps to local devices (from datacenters and the cloud)
  • “Traditional” Windows app management and installation versus “new” ways


  • FUIT (ways that newly-empowered users are getting around IT policies)
  • Security
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Federated application management (combining Windows desktop, mobile, and web apps)
  • Identity management
  • Integrating cloud-based and SaaS apps with enterprise apps
  • New “consumerization” features of Windows 8.1

Enterprise Mobility

  • Mobile Application Management (MAM) and mobile applications
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • Mobile file sync and share
  • Mobilising existing applications
  • Mobile Information Management (MIM)
  • Mobile virtualization and other specialized Android devices (Samsung SAFE, KNOX, etc.)
  • iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry management and deployment
  • Tablet platforms, Windows versus iOS, etc.

Installing and Managing Centralized Applications

  • Operations Management
  • Application Streaming and Virtualization
  • Business Impacts created by Server-based Computing
  • Cloud Computing (as it related to desktops and apps)
  • Workspace management (Workspot, Stoneware, etc...)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Licensing
  • Scalability and High-Availability
  • Security
  • Scripting and Programming

* Session topics subject to change

App Application Virtualization/Management

EMM Enterprise Mobility Management/Consumerization

N&S Networking & Security

Cloud Cloud

HYP Platform Hypervisor

P&S Programming & Scripting

DV  Desktop Virtualization

Far Out Management, Monitoring, & Performance

Stg Storage

Entry Level  Entry Level

MMP Management, Monitoring, & Performance


BriForum planning team

Curious who the masterminds are behind the BriForum agenda? Learn more about Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth:

Brian Madden Brian Madden Bio
Independent Analyst, Blogger and Author,
Gabe Knuth Bio
Independent Industry Analyst & Blogger,