By John Marshall, Senior Vice President and General Manager, AirWatch by VMware
Mobile was top-of-mind for attendees and analysts at the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo earlier this month. As usual, Gartner released its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015. These are my top three takeaways:
1. Enabling a broad computing environment
At the Gartner event, enterprise mobility conversations focused more on management
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software than on actual devices. This is a shift we’ve been undergoing as an industry for some time, as more enterprises begin to see enterprise mobility management (EMM) software as a set of tools for managing data, rather than devices. As the concept of computing everywhere goes mainstream and more companies adopt device- and OS-agnostic management software, the specific hardware with which a user connects will be less and less significant. IT will begin to see specific device types simply as endpoints to manage, secure and enable with access to enterprise resources.
When we say “the hospital,” we imagine everything — doctors, nurses, labs and gauze pads — under one roof. In the case of New Jersey’s Atlantic Health System, that’s not quite the case. For joint replacement surgery, you might go to Chilton Medical Center, in Pompton Plains. For a medical emergency, you might go to nearby Morristown Medical Center. And if you’re expecting an addition to the family, you might be referred to Newton Medical Center.
All told, the Atlantic Health System has 3,000 physicians across five hospitals, but it serves the community as one provider. From a technological perspective, that’s quite a feat. Just ask IT director Frank McKenna.
Three years ago, he was getting a lot of feedback from physicians. They were using a variety of devices to tap into the hospital’s network, and each device required its own cumbersome login process. What’s more, performance on these devices wasn’t very reliable. A clinician could use an application on any device, but its appearance and functionality differed from phone to tablet to desktop. And when a user updated his personal device’s operating system, it might result in uninstalling the hospital portal software or otherwise making it unusable.
By Sanjay Poonen, EVP/GM of VMware’s end-user computing business
Today, as AirWatch® by VMware chairman Alan Dabbiere gives a keynote at the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum, I am thrilled to announce that VMware, as part of the EMC Federation, has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to further advance and support enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. Joining the IIC demonstrates our commitment to drive innovation in the mobile-cloud era and enable customers to execute on practical IoT use cases.
In our conversations with customers, we continue to hear the modern workforce seeking more information and the right solutions sets to leverage devices beyond laptops, tablets and smartphones into the exponentially growing world of connected “things.” With our existing set of capabilities, technology roadmap, partner ecosystem and membership in a leading organization like IIC, we will enable fresh possibilities for enterprise IoT, which is poised to completely transform how we do business and truly enable end users to work at the speed of life.
By Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware
Here we are VMworld Europe 2014. If you’re in Barcelona for the show as I am, you know what I mean when I say this city is amazing. The people, the energy and the rich culture – it’s everywhere you look and everywhere you go!
But if you step inside the VMworld conference, you’ll see that we have a lot of the same energy as well. People are excited about our products because VMware is a disruptive company with innovative solutions and you can feel the infectious energy from our loyal customers at the show.
As I said during the keynote session today, the world we live in is shifting from a client-server world to a mobile-cloud era, where there is more software today in a modern car than there was in early 1970’s space crafts. This transition to the mobile cloud era will leave many legacy vendors in the cemetery of IT, while creating huge opportunity for a whole new generation of innovators in the next decade.
Over the past year, the schools in Plymouth, Mass., have begun a digital revolution. Leveraging 21st century learning solutions, administrators and teachers are breaking down walls that educators have long struggled against, and deepening the relationship students have with their education.
Chris Campbell, assistant superintendent of schools, remembers a very different landscape when he arrived five years ago: “Limited connectivity. Aging machines. Not much usage in the classroom.” An influx of federal stimulus dollars gave Campbell and his team the resources to make the changes he knew would give Plymouth’s students the opportunity to achieve.
The advent of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests was a significant factor in driving the district to embrace new technology. PARCC is a set of computer-based assessments adopted by Massachusetts (and several other states) in order to comply with Common Core education metrics established by the National Governors Association…
Last week, VMware End-User Computing chief Sanjay Poonen joined communications head Oliver Roll for the first in a series of #VMchats. They discussed the current state of the mobile-cloud, including how desktop, collaboration and mobile are being reinvented to create #boundless experiences for customers; the innovations in the new version of Horizon; and AirWatch’s ground-breaking mobile device management solution. They even touched on the Apple Watch and state of wearables, and took a look back on last month’s #VMWorld US.
Hit the break for a visual recap of the conversation and be sure to tune-in to the next #VMchat coming up later this month. Stay tuned to Tribal Knowledge for details!
On the heels of a successful VMworld, VMware’s EUC division is keeping the momentum going with an enterprise mobility conference beginning next Monday. AirWatch Connect Atlanta brings together the brightest minds in mobility, Sept. 8–11 for four days of education, product updates, networking and more. Follow along on the AirWatch Blog for the latest EUC news and product updates released during the event.