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Monthly Archives: May 2011

The PC Pepsi Challenge

In 1975 Pepsi launched the Pepsi Challenge. I know this because my dad worked for Pepsi and we had to drink more than our fair share of the stuff on a daily basis. We were living in the Philippines around this time, which along with a handful of more discerning regions like the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Guatemala and half of Canada-were of the opinion that Pepsi was in fact “the real thing”. Now given the copious quantities of cola I had to drink- I could always tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi, but for me, the concept and the marketing behind the Pepsi Challenge was pure brilliance

And so I was amused when I was talking to John Orbaugh the Director of Technology Services for Tyler Independent School District last week about his desktop virtualization implementation with VMware View. Because he told me that when he went to present his proposal for moving to virtual desktops to his board, that he cooked up his own PC Pepsi challenge and used a thin client running View against a physical PC.

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Four Tips for Increasing Clinician Electronic Medical Record Adoption With Virtual Desktops

Everyday we hear about Virtual Desktops making a positive impact.  Perhaps no where is this more true than in healthcare, where the need for always-on access and ease-of-use intersects with the requirements associated with securing personal medical records.

Together with Imprivata we are helping clinicians become better more efficient caregivers.  Our joint solutions help enable the clinical desktop to become a better assistant in patient care by removing some of the “context switching” associated with a clinicians day-to-day tasks.  In so doing, we enable caregivers to do what they do best.  Take care of Patients.

The following is the first of a three part series of post by David Ting, Founder and CTO, Imprivata. We hope you find it interesting and informative.

Frank Nydam
Director Healthcare Solutions & Market Development, VMware
 

David Ting B&W Four Tips for Increasing Clinician Electronic Medical Record Adoption With Virtual Desktops
Guest Blog Post (Part 1 of a 3 part series)
By David Ting, Founder and CTO, Imprivata

It’s important for hospitals to carefully guard the productivity and workflow of clinicians – and particularly physicians – when pushing new technologies like electronic medical records (EMR).

A successful EMR implementation takes more than technology – it requires groundwork to gain clinician acceptance:

  • Studying the clinician workflow before deploying the EMR solution to best match deployment specifics to workflow needs.
  • Deploying the solution in phases and finding advocates in each group – particularly physician advocates.
  • Where possible, using physicians to train physicians on new technologies.

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The New Planning Horizon

Posted by Brian Gammage
Chief Market Technologist, VMware End-User Computing

End-user computing is undergoing its biggest transition since the wave of standardization that accompanied PC market proliferation in the mid 1990s. Most workers still depend on traditional PC applications, but these can now be made available in multiple ways and the new capabilities they use are increasingly delivered from the cloud. Devices are changing too, fragmenting into a much broader range of choice that mirrors the diversity of the individuals in our workplaces. For organizations trying to equip their workers for today and the years ahead, all of this change creates a fast moving target with many new risks and opportunities. As they navigate the complex choices now facing them, IT departments often find themselves trapped between a rock and a hard place of raised expectations: the organization’s leaders want more agility and efficiency, the users just want more liberty and function – and everyone wants it now!

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Getting to know Horizon App Manager: 3 videos

Thanks for all the congratulations and kind words around today’s Horizon App Manager launch — we’re excited as well! Here are three videos that will give you an insight into the functionality, benefits, ease of use, as well as the broader implications of VMware Horizon.

VMware Horizon App Manager Overview

VMware’s Noah Wasmer gives a brief overview of Horizon App Manager, how it can extend access to cloud-based applications to users in your enterprise, and how easy it is to set up. Watch the video on YouTube.

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A New View of the Horizon

Today marks a major milestone for VMware’s End-User Computing vision with the launch of VMware Horizon App Manager, a user-centric management service for accessing cloud applications.  We are excited to bring this new service to our customers.

Over the last few years, the “tectonic plates” of IT have been shifting. In increasing numbers, organizations are moving to embrace the cloud in new, unexpected ways.  As our customers push for new workforce efficacies they are adopting a new generation of applications like WebEx, salesforce.com, Google Apps, BroadVision and/or Box.net.  Organizations are seeing value and productivity gains by having applications and data available anywhere, across different devices – and the devices are changing just as fast. 

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Mark Gibbs names VMware Fusion in “My Top 10 Tools” List

We’re excited to announce that Mark Gibbs of Network World and PC World named VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation in his list of most crucial apps he can’t live without.

Gibbs writes about how both VMware applications make “it possible to run, in parallel, pretty much any x86-based operating system in a virtual machine on top of the host operating system.”

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Gartner’s Brian Gammage Joins the VMware End-User Computing Team

Thus far, 2011 has proven to be an exciting time for VMware’s End-User Computing business unit. Today is no exception.  I am pleased to announce that Brian Gammage has joined the VMware EUC team in newly created role of Chief Market Technologist.  In this role, Brian will work closely with our customers and our product teams to define the customer journey to a modern end-user computing model that leverages cloud computing to securely deliver access to applications and data from any device, where and when a user needs it.

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Gartner’s Brian Gammage Joins the VMware End-User Computing Team

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Posted by Chris Young
Vice President and General Manager, VMware End-User Computing

Thus far, 2011 has proven to be an exciting time for VMware’s End-User Computing business unit. Today is no exception.  I am pleased to announce that Brian Gammage has joined the VMware EUC team in newly created role of Chief Market Technologist.  In this role, Brian will work closely with our customers and our product teams to define the customer journey to a modern end-user computing model that leverages cloud computing to securely deliver access to applications and data from any device, where and when a user needs it.

Brian joins us from Gartner, where he served as a Vice President and Senior Fellow advising commercial and government organizations on effective client computing strategies, technologies and architectures.  Since 2004, he led Gartner's research efforts looking into the impact of virtualization technology on client computing. Specifically, his work examined the business implications and transformative changes brought about by decoupling the software environment we work in from the hardware.  Overall he has more than 25 years IT sector experience, having also worked at HP, Olivetti Systems and Acorn Computers.

As we head into VMworld, we will be telling you more about how VMware’s vision for End-User Computing offers people a new way to work.  Knowing Brian, I am sure that he will have a thing or two to say along the way.