edgemo summit DILEMMA just west of Copenhagen yesterday

posted May 22, 2015, 10:01 AM by Niels Jensen   [ updated Jun 3, 2015, 2:15 AM ]
edgemo is a Danish IT-consulting house focused on the delivery of IT-hardware to municipalities, public service institutions and smaller enterprises. They were founded in Hinnerup in Jutland, but today also have a office in Albertslund - a suburb west of Copenhagen, Denmark. Yesterday Safepark attended their annual summit close to their new Copenhagen offices. Two presentations made us decide to participate: 1) A presentation by Peter Bing Simmons from Microsoft on Windows 10, and 2) A presentation by Kristian Storgaard from Kromann-Reumert titled "Is it your legal responsibility?".

We were not that interested in server & storage hardware or unified communication. Citrix Infrastructure we got updated on at Cisco Connect earlier in the month. But some devices did catch our attention. At Lenovo we did have a look at the super slim Lenovo X1, which available either with i5 or i7 processor and without or with touch screen in a price range from about 11.500 DKK to about 18750 DKK. Quite hard to justify a server price for a laptop. Until you realize, that you actually get a service hidden in laptop. Touch screen cost about 2750 DKK extra, and the i7 processor about 5400 DKK, if choose both you det a discount of 900 DKK. All prices are Lenovo list prices, and dealers may sell for less. At Samsung we instantly feel in love with the 34" Ultra Wide Curved Screen Monitor. Unfortunately the price is 6700 DKK, while the equivalent 27" unit may be had for 2400 DKK. We will properly wait a bit.

The Microsoft presentation lived completely up to our expectation. First the philosophy behind Windows 10: The person, and what you have to do and what you want to do. Windows 10 use the same kernel across all platforms. This apparently makes it much easier to develop cross platform apps - we believe that! Windows 10 will arrive at your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 desktop/laptop this summer as a notification through Windows Update. About 25 years ago during a visit to the Danish company FLS Automation the managing director presented a vision of holographic models of the plant in the middle of the control room with measurements from the instrumentation system superimposed on the model. With Microsoft Halolens this can become a reality.

The other presentation, which brought us to this years edgemo summit was "Is it your legal responsibility?". The answer is YES! Under Danish and European law you can outsource many things to other countries (rather easy) or to other continents (somewhat more difficult), but you cannot outsource your responsibility. That remains with you. Among other things European law put restriction on were a company can put data, which relate to a specific physical person. Apparently this also applies to encrypted data. Some years ago we worked for a local church council, which had a single computer hosting all correspondence since about the start of the century. Some of that correspondence naturally contained personal data. However, we choose nonetheless to use a backup service from a zero-knowledge provider on another continent. The zero-knowledge means, that groups of files at encrypted on your in-house computer using a passcode, which you just have to remember, and sent to the providers server as a stream of random ones and zeroes. Kristian Storgaard also explained, that as far as the cloud is concerned, that is just a new delivery form. It changes nothing with respect to responsibility.

At the end of the day we heard about Dell's Wyse Device Manager, which is available as a free version, which can be used for up to 10.000 clients, and has some functionality turned off. However, if you just want to learn the technology using a limited number of clients this is an excellent starting point. Earlier in the day we also managed to hear about a county in Denmark was deploying Citrix to about 30000 users within the county and used AppSense for user profiles. 

The non-technical aspects of edgemo summit DILEMMA you have to read about on Niels' personal Google+ page.