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  • 2017: The year in Review by a Little Belgian


    bartjacobs21.png by Bart Jacobs, CTA

    First of all, let me start with a very well deserved “Thank you" to Carl Webster and Stephanie Boozer for setting me up for this great and exciting opportunity.

    Indeed, after some very well-received blog posts on Carl’s website, the time has come to spread my wings. So here I go, my very first blog post on mycugc.org.

    And it's a big one, it's that time of the year to reflect on the past year.

    So, what should we call 2017...

    "The year of Cryptocurrency?"

    Absolutely, but that's no topic for the mycugc.com forum, so let's move on :-)

    "The year of VDI" maybe?

    Personally, I don't believe we will ever see such a thing. It's like technology by itself will never solve any user issues. It's only, and will ever be, a means to an end.

    "The year of EUC" then?

    That's more like it! A lot has happened in the EUC space over the last year. We've seen companies struggle, restructure, merge, reinvent themselves...but most of all, there's a healthy state of competition in the market today. In the end, customers will benefit from this.

    Ok, but what about "The year of Cloud?"

    Again, cloud technology by itself will not solve any problems. It is, however, the greatest tech enabler of all time. Simply look at the rate Microsoft has been pushing out Office 365 features and updates–that has never been seen before.

    The same goes for Citrix Cloud. Where is the time that we as Citrix admins were eagerly awaiting the next Feature Pack or version? Nowadays, feature packs roll out in the background every couple of weeks. The focus has shifted from "waiting on" to "trying to keep up."

    If anything, that's going to be a big challenge for 2018. We need to come up with a way we, as IT Pros, learn to keep up. It will be a matter of choice, speed, focus, specialization...just to name a few.

    Sounds like great stuff for a "2018 preview" style article, doesn't it?

    It sure does, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's first take the time to celebrate this amazing year of 2017 first. With friends, family... or basically anyone that's important to you. Life is short, tech changes fast... but always remember what really matters in life.

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