Friday, December 30, 2011

Updated my Twitter profile...

Just updated my Twitter account, feel free to follow me: - @oksivertsen

Enjoy the rest of the holidays and get ready for a great New Year celebration :-)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Norwegian survey on automation

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Optimal Desktop Composition for VDI, Virtualization, Cloud, Mobile and Hybrid Computing

User Workspace / User Virtualization as the optimal desktop composition model for hybrid computing environments - explained in one picture:

Optimized Desktop & Application Delivery Architecture for Citrix FlexCast - VDI, Virtualization, Cloud and Client Technology:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Simplify to satisfy

It’s funny how some of the universal truths of the world we live in can be directly translated in the world of IT. For example, getting philosophical, I’ll reference the well known Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs”. Most of us would like to believe that we are at the top level of this pyramid, self actualization. In this level of hierarchy, we desire to realize our full potential, or in other words, be all that we can be. But what happens when both IT professionals and users find themselves at this level of the pyramid?

This constant thrive for self-realization often leads to a paradox. The more you get or achieve, the more you will want because when you have achieved what you want, you no longer desire it. Instead,  you have to desire something new.  Something perceived as bigger or better.

When you consider that this is how many individuals operate, it’s easy to see how this can turn into a challenging, never ending cycle in everyday life, and also in the world of IT. How can you successfully deliver IT services to a user base with never ending desires?

Standardization may seem like a logical choice for today’s IT departments from a cost savings perspective, and it certainly fills IT’s desire to be efficient and well managed — the best it can be. But does it make sense when you consider the needs of today’s user base? (A user base with an infinite desire for flexibility, personalization and ease of use.)

When you take the time to see IT from a user’s perspective, standardization doesn’t seem like a viable option. Yet, many companies feel it’s the only way IT departments can reap benefits like:

• Predictable, hassle-free experiences for users
• A controlled environment that always works
• Cost effectiveness to compensate for declining budgets

This balance between the benefits of standardization and a user’s desire for personalization, mobility and flexibility has become one of the core challenges for IT. Plato once said that “necessity is the mother of  invention,” meaning that when we really have to, we can solve almost any problem.

This has driven a lot of “creativity” in IT. Keeping certain users within an organization happy has led to an endless and complex combination of scripts and manual tasks. In the end, IT has grown so complex.

But these are not the solutions that will align the needs and desires of users and IT. In the end, it’s simplification that will bring the most resolution to this challenge.

With RES Software, IT can simplify these complexities and:

• Redefine traditional infrastructures, giving users the personalization they need based on their context
• Automate tools processes to enable IT reach efficiency and improved levels of management
• Prepare organizations to move towards fully dynamic desktops

This harmonious balance between the desire of IT and users may seem like a utopia, but it’s actually something that thousands of our customers have successfully implemented in their organization.

At RES Software we believe that the mission of IT is to delight and protect - empowering employees and protecting the interests of the organization. The solutions we develop are tools for IT professionals to achieve this.

Are the interests of users and IT professionals consistent in your organization?

Citrix Synergy 2011 - San Francisco

SYN1124_0410 by citrixsynergy
SYN1124_0410, a photo by citrixsynergy on Flickr.

Thank you for Empowering the Virtual Desktop Revolution Mark!

And thanks for another successful & inspiring Synergy. You really deserve an award as well, and I am very happy to present you with this token of our appreciation.

Like many other partners we at RES Software have our dedication to developing great business together with you in the era of 3-PC. You are evangelizing and inspiring the world through your passion and dedication - and the Pulpit Rock back home in Norway where I come from is a great icon that comes to my mind. Joined by the Kjerag bolt nearby illustrating your Rock Solid foundation for the personal cloud and bridging the personal, private & public cloud. (And personally I think this evolution rock´s).

We believe we are stronger together, and that our joint value proposition can help customers to easier and faster transformation at lower cost – and a transformation with great tools that delivers predictable outcome with less risk. The future is virtual and dynamic workspaces for all users and a service centric delivery approach for IT. We believe the mission of IT is to delight and protect. Empower employees and protect the interests of the organization! Lets start with why and together we will make IT possible!

Thanks for your partnership!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Poll - If using Virtual Desktop (VDI) solutions; Do you still need access to applications installed on your local computer?

You can also access the poll here:

If the answer is YES - VDX is a solution worth checking out. You can get a free evaluation of the solution that lets you combine Virtual Desktops and local applications here:

Check out the YouTube movie on installing VDX in 3 minutes:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Road to Dynamic IT - A Whiteboard Session on Context-Aware Dynamic Desktops and Automation

The Road to Dynamic IT through a Whiteboard Journey discussing how Making the Desktop Dynamic can add value to your business.

Developing from a static and device centric IT infrastructure to a service centric approach will empower your IT organization to deliver IT as a Service (ITaaS).

Using the Whiteboard this presentations discusses how RES Dynamic Desktop Studio with Automation Manager and Workspace Manager can help you on this journey - and at the same time address the constant struggle and conflict between IT and End Users.

It is recommended to view this video in HD

How can Dynamic Desktops and Automation provide value in your organization?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Empowering IT users through Personalization - User Experience, Productivity & Security

The Power of Personalization

IT Can Empower Users through Personalization
while Still Staying in the Driver’s Seat

The constant struggle between IT-departments and users is reaching new heights. Well-managed desktops through lock-down and standardization are mantras for most IT administrators. On the opposite side of the scale is the personalized desktop, where users have the freedom to adapt their workspace according to personal needs and preferences.

With the never-ending wave of change, new client devices are turning up faster and faster. Users are at the same time getting more and more demanding. As a result, the cost effective, secure and standardized desktop is under tremendous pressure. The question today is how to achieve both standardization and personalization.

So, what exactly is personalization and why should you care?

Personalization is all around us, and in many cases a key factor for productivity and security. It is also important for a comfortable and enjoyable user experience. Let’s look at an everyday example: In your car, you are likely to adjust your seat and the position of the steering wheel for optimal comfort. For the best view and security, the mirrors are adjusted. And for easy operation, you may program the stereo with your favorite radio channels.

If you only have one car, never use other vehicles, and if you are the only person using that car, this personalization becomes standard. However you may find it annoying when all these adjustments are gone after the car had a visit to the auto repair service. If other family members or colleagues are using the same car, it becomes even more of a headache. And if cars were like Windows PCs with mandatory profiles, you would have to manually re-apply all personal adjustments every time you started it.

The reason this is a challenge is because the personalization is physically tied to the car itself. But what if you could separate all these individual adjustments and preferences from the car and make them follow the user instead? Some carmakers are already offering some of this through storing personal seat, steering wheel and mirror adjustments in a personal car key.

If the future would allow storing all these settings in your driver’s license or fingerprint, personalization might become completely portable. Every time you get into the driver seat of any car, your personal profile would be applied automatically including seats, mirrors, radio channels and whatever individual preferences the car may offer. Now you can pick up a rental, use one from the carpool, or even buy a new car, without having to waste any time on personalization.

Ever picked up a rental car in a hurry and forgot to adjust the mirrors before hitting the highway? Or tried to locate your favorite radio channels when your eyes should have been on the road? Empowering users with personalization would have a significant impact on security, as well as productivity and user experience.

Applying this example to IT, today’s users can actually be offered the benefits of personalization without compromising standardization and cost effective client management. Through the concept workspace management, all of a user’s personalized settings, preferences and configurations can be separated from the physical device and operating system. This allows for “dynamic desktops” where personalization follows the user regardless of operating system, device, physical or virtual desktop, etc. The devices themselves can be managed by IT in an effective and standardized way — bridging the gap and conflict between IT administrators and users.

Re-introducing the “personal” to the PC will empower both IT department and users, building a foundation for future-ready heterogeneous desktop experiences.