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Vattenfall Bridges Global Collaboration Divide with Innovative Enterprise Social Network

With over 32,000 employees scattered across multiple countries and regions, Vattenfall had a major challenge on its hands: find the right solution that would unify employees, facilitate meaningful business collaboration and create an open knowledge-sharing culture across the entire business. The 100-year-old energy company bridged that global divide with an innovative employee community powered by Socialcast.

“Socialcast has helped break down walls and barriers to improve collaboration and discover corporate knowledge that had been siloed. The ease and pace of sharing information and best practices has improved efficiencies, as well as the quality of our work.” —Markus Grandell, Vattenfall Community Manager

To read Vattenfall’s innovative social enterprise story, CLICK HERE.

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New Report: 2/3 of Executive & IT Leaders are Prioritizing Business Mobility in 2016

VMware today launched its 2015 Business Mobility Report, revealing the current state of the mobile enterprise and the top mobility initiatives for business and IT leaders over the next 12-18 months.

  • Download the VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report.
  • View the interactive VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report.
  • Read more about the VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report on Radius.

Excerpt from the report:
Accelerating a New Era of Business Mobility: Executive Summary

Mobility has the potential to be the most transformative trend in business, affecting every employee and customer while helping make the organizations that successfully implement mobile initiatives more competitive and more successful. Business and IT leaders consistently rank mobility as one of their highest priorities. Gartner’s 2015 CIO Survey revealed, “the mobile delivery and experience of IT systems, both for internal and external customers, is now a top concern in system design, requiring I&O organizations to shift priorities and skill sets.”1 Forrester advises CIOs and CMOs to undertake key strategic imperatives, including embracing the mobile mind shift to serve customers.2 Continue reading

The New Windows Optimization Guide for View in Horizon 6; VMware Horizon Air Desktops; and Horizon Air Apps

By Susan Blau, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

The new Windows Optimization Guide, formally titled Optimization Guide for Desktops and Servers in View in VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and VMware Horizon Air Apps, has undergone a radical transformation from the previous version. The new guide

  • Introduces the Fling tool, the VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT). It describes in detail how to use the OSOT to analyze and optimize master images in the data center (VMware Horizon 6) or in the cloud (VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps) for
    • Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops
    • Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 RDSH servers
  • Removes the scripts because the OSOT is an easier and faster way to optimize the Windows OS. The OSOT includes features such as the ability to roll back optimizations, and to customize your own optimization templates if you want more control over the optimization process.
  • Will later include Windows 10 optimizations (testing is in progress).

What’s New in VMware Identity Manager, Cloud – October 2015 Release

By Vikas Jain, Director, Product Management, VMware Identity Manager, VMware

This overview of new technology represents no commitment from VMware to deliver these features in any other generally available product or service.

Welcome to the first of our “What’s New in Identity Manager” blog series. In this blog, we will provide an update about new features in VMware Identity Manager and address some of the most commonly asked questions.

Before we begin, we encourage you to watch the VMware Identity Manager video for an overview of the VMware Identity Manager solution. Continue reading

VMware App Volumes 2.9 Technical FAQ Now Available

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

The VMware App Volumes Technical FAQ has been updated with questions and answers pertaining to VMware App Volumes 2.9. New features in App Volumes 2.9 include support for multiple vCenter Servers and application delivery to physical machines.

App Volumes 2.9 certainly makes life easier. For example, you can now install the following agents in any order: View Agent, VMware User Environment Manager Agent, and an App Volumes Agent. You can even use a View VM as a clean provisioning machine.

For these details and more, see the updated VMware App Volumes Technical FAQ.

VoIP and Videoconferencing on View Desktops in Horizon 6

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager on the View team, VMware


Karin Li, Senior Member of the Technical Staff on the View Quality Engineering team, VMware

VMware has just updated its paper on Microsoft Lync in a View environment. Microsoft Lync 2013 on View in VMware Horizon 6 includes compatibility and installation instructions for this solution, including supported configurations for Horizon 6 and Horizon 6.2. With Horizon 6.2, Lync can be used for VoIP calls and videoconferencing on Windows 10 virtual desktops and on RDSH desktops hosted on Windows 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 RDSH servers.

This incremental update is brief and straightforward. Anyone who needs to implement the Lync 2013 client on View desktops will find it useful.

What Customers are Saying about Horizon 6.2 [VIDEO]

By Courtney Burry, Sr. Director Product Marketing, End-user Computing, VMware

VMWorld 2015 has now come and gone, but this year’s events were by far the most successful we’ve ever seen. Between San Francisco and Barcelona, over 33,700 people joined us from all over the world. At these two events, we had 42 new product announcements and completed over 12,000 hands-on labs!

One of the biggest product announcements in San Francisco was Horizon 6.2. We seized the opportunity to talk to our Horizon 6 customers and hear what they had to say about how and why they are using our products to support their organizations.

Here is a quick video that highlights three Horizon customers: Kroll OnTrack, BDP International and Southern States.

If you missed VMWorld or happened to miss the announcement, please read this great set of blogs by Matt Coppinger that talk to all of the new features and enhancements in the 6.2 release:

You can even see some really good demos of a few of the key new features in Horizon 6.2, including:

Need more information? Ask your questions in the comments below or visit https://www.vmware.com/products/horizon-view.

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 2

By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

Part 1 in this Horizon Integration blog series introduced the concept of VMware Horizon as a very flexible and adaptable tooling system for building next-generation end-user-computing architectures—and interoperability is a key contributor to these characteristics. Before going into the details of interoperability, it is essential to understand three key architectural principles for building these next-generation architectures.

VMware Horizon – Three Key Architectural Concepts


In the 1980s, computing became personal. In the 1990s, it became portable. In the early 2000s, with the introduction of the iPhone, it became perpetually connected and social. Many of us carry at least one supercomputer in our pocket, and often in multiples. Today these devices are used in almost every facet of our daily lives.

The new generation of worker uses the same set of various devices for both personal and business activities. If not mindfully deployed, this co-mingling of personal and corporate information infringes on personal privacy. It also exposes businesses to security, privacy, and regulatory complications.

This is where Horizon (VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps ) comes in. Due to the flexible interoperability and scale of Horizon, three important digital workspace concepts are made possible. Continue reading

What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, Part 3

By Matt Coppinger, Director, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

In our last blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2, Part 2, we continued to look at some of the new features in Horizon 6.2, specifically VMware Access Point and the new Microsoft RDSH load-balancing feature for Horizon 6 hosted applications.

In this blog, we will look at some of the user-experience improvements in Horizon 6.2. If you read our first blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, you may have noticed that there is a long list of new features and supported clients. In that blog, we covered a couple of user-experience improvements, such as seamless application-access using client-side file type association, and the ability to use HTML access for View desktops and Horizon 6 hosted applications (on RDSH) using VMware Cloud Pod Architecture. Continue reading