I spent some time this morning with Chris Fleck, Citrix’ VP of Solutions Development. Chris is very focused on mobility, and as we talked, it was clear that our visions of the potential impact of mobility on businesses are well aligned.
One of our conversations centered around how Citrix’ products (XenApp, XenDesktop, etc.) have been demonstratable on smartphones for some time, but not practical. The devices lacked the processing power, memory, screen resolution, keyboard/usability, and the networks lacked the bandwidth required for a smartphone to actually serve as an extended desktop. Chris was excited because those barriers have largely gone away. The time has finally arrived when folks can stop carrying their laptops around and still have complete access to full corporate applications.
Another of our conversations was around how to overcome the physical limitations inherent in the smartphone form factor. One approach is to use a Bluetooth device like the Redfly. Chris thinks that the Redfly is finally at the right price point ($199) to drive broad adoption by enterprises, which is great. But Chris wants to extend it further to what he calls the Nirvana Phone.
I share Chris’ excitement about the pivotal time we’re in when these long-held visions are moving from “nirvana” to reality. A great and energizing conversation. Thanks Chris.