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Creating the next-generation clinical workspace

Next-gen clinical workspaceThis post was originally published on The Bridge.

Having virtualized their datacenters and clinical care applications, providers are now focused on leveraging these investments to help them transform the delivery of patient care.  One of Healthcare IT’s many new challenges is improving caregiver productivity.  Mobile and wearable technologies, for example, will play a key role and completely redefine the Healthcare technology landscape in the coming years, said Frank Nydam, VMware Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions.

Nydam leads a team in the VMware CTO office responsible for implementing custom solutions for healthcare clients – so caregiver productivity is something near and dear to his heart. “It isn’t just about seeing more patients,” Nydam said. “It’s about assuring the technology works for the caregiver rather than getting in their way.”  As the Healthcare industry continues its transformation from a fee-for-service reimbursement model to one based on the quality of the outcome, a tremendous amount of new technology has been introduced into the care delivery process.

Learn more about AlwaysOn Point of Care and the future of the next-gen clinical workspace by reading the full article on The Bridge by VMware.

What We Read This Week: A VMware News Recap: May 8, 2015

Securing Containers, #EMCWorld 2015 Wraps Up, the Double-Edged Sword of Self-Service in the Cloud

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This week, VMware introduced best practices and compliance solution for Docker Engine. The benchmarks created will help customers to manage and secure container environments. Read more in the blog post by Sajai Krishnan, VP of product marketing for VMware’s Cloud Management team.

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NUMBERS-02 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger joined the CEOs of EMC and Pivotal on stage during the general session on day two of #EMCWorld. Pat touched on the central role of hybrid cloud, the new role IT teams must play to succeed, the balance between openness and security and much more. Watch a video replay of Tuesday’s general session:


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Bill Fathers headshotBill Fathers, EVP & GM of the Cloud Services team at VMware penned a blog post about “The Self-Service Revolution” in the cloud world and why it’s a double-edged sword. Learn more about the strategic significance of self-service and the easy buy vs. the right buy in the Tribal Knowledge blog post.

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IMG_0128 (1)In this month’s edition of VMware’s Innovation Series, Tribal Knowledge talks to a member of VMware’s technical staff, Chih Chi Hu, who shares a little about her experience with the WIReD Speaker Series (WIReD = Women iR&D) – one facet of the VMwomen program. Watch the video by clicking the link below.

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The Self-Service Revolution: A Double-Edged Sword

Bill Fathers headshotBy Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services, VMware

The characteristics of cloud computing are many and varied, but the feature perhaps most responsible for its rapid adoption across organizations of all sizes is self-service procurement. The reason for this is fairly obvious: whereas interfacing with the IT department and waiting on approval was once the biggest bottleneck in provisioning new resources, workers today can simply bypass all that and go directly to a cloud-services provider.

While cloud computing has cleared the IT bottleneck by enabling self-service and instant access to technology infrastructure, it has created a new set of problems. Sure, organizations can save time and money by lowering the bars of procurement, but are employees procuring the right resources? And is the organization’s overall infrastructure model sustainable?

The strategic significance of self-service

It’s important to identify what the benefits of a self-service model actually are. First and foremost, self-service empowers companies to move at the speed of business and deploy new capacity instantly in response to market factors. Instead of being reactive, organizations can be proactive through an IT framework that scales in real time.

Self-service can also greatly mitigate waste. In a conventional model, resources like storage capacity must be procured in set increments (50 gigabytes, 20 terabytes, etc.). In contrast, self-service allows users to take only what they need and pay only for what they use.

In addition, self-service portals significantly reduce the burden on IT departments. If a dev team needs a new server, for example, numerous stakeholders are typically looped into an approvals process that can span weeks, if not months. If the dev team no longer needs to speak with anyone internally to get the resources they need, the IT department can be freed up to pursue more meaningful and less menial tasks.

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VMware Innovation Series: Chih Chi Hu

VMware is committed to being a great place to work and the VMwomen program is one of the ways the company helps to make that vision a reality.

In this month’s edition of VMware’s Innovation Series, Tribal Knowledge talks to a member of VMware’s technical staff, Chih Chi Hu, who shares a little about her experience with the WIReD Speaker Series (WIReD = Women in R&D) – one facet of the VMwomen program. Watch the video below to learn more about how the WIReD Speaker Series encourages VMware employees to connect and innovate.

The VMware Innovation Series profiles members of the VMware R&D Organization to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the elements that help to create a culture of innovation at VMware and the people and teams driving them. Last month, we spoke with Aaron Rosen, a Staff Engineer at VMware – and a diligent contributor to OpenStack.

Moved by Chih’s story? Visit the VMware Careers Blog to learn more about Chih’s journey from student to recent graduate at VMware.

WATCH LIVE at #EMCWorld 2015: “Redefine Next” with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat trade showEMC World 2015 is in full swing and in just a few moments, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will join EMC CEO Joe Tucci and Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz on stage during the general session to talk about VMware, VMware’s role in the Federation, and the path to the software defined data center.

"Every traditional industry across the globe is being transformed by software," said Pat in February. "To navigate and thrive in the face of this change, businesses must be decisive in the face of uncertainty.”

It’s clear there’s a shift underway in computing – a shift from the “client-server” era to one that’s driven by the mobile cloud. It’s clear that it’s time for a new model of IT. The challenge is, how do we, as technologists, bridge the two worlds effectively?

Back in February, VMware introduced the idea of “One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device” to support our customers throughout this shift. One Cloud, Any Application is about enabling IT teams to become agents of change within the organization, and in so doing, empowering enterprises to drive the next round of innovation and disruption.

Watch live as Pat takes the stage this morning to reveal some of the next steps in helping customers adopt the software defined data center model and prepare for the future of business. He’ll be touching on the central role of hybrid cloud, the new role IT teams must play to succeed, the balance between openness and security and much more.

Don’t forget to join in the conversation by using the hashtags #VMware and #EMCWorld and following @VMware, @VMwareEvents and @VMwareNews for live updates from the show.

Showcasing VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by EMC at EMC World!

VMware geo cloudBy Roshni Pary, Senior Product Marketing Manager, vCloud Air Product Marketing

A quick update on VMware’s continued innovation and updates to our cloud platform.  Last year, we announced plans to launch VMware vCloud® Air™ Object Storage powered by EMC, and earlier this year, we announced a strategic partnership with Google that will include integration of VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform. We are excited to be showcasing a demo of this new service at EMC World here in Las Vegas.

VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is an extremely scalable, cost-effective, and resilient cloud-based storage solution for unstructured data. With this service, you will get instant, self-service access to storage capacity on-demand and scale up to petabytes.

The service is simple to use, easy to setup and is exceptionally durable and available, eliminating the need for data protection with built-in redundancy. The service will support global access use cases with easy access from any device, anywhere, anytime.

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HIPAA: A 20th-century law in a 21st-century world

HeartbeatThis story was originally published on The Bridge.

When healthcare-interested attendees gathered in Chicago for HIMSS 2015, few issues loomed larger than security and privacy concerns. In many ways, mobile healthcare apps have advanced far more rapidly than had been expected, enjoying an aggressive healthcare push by multiple hardware and software makers.

The problem is that those medical scanning capabilities have morphed a lot faster than security/privacy capabilities and interpretations of federal healthcare privacy laws such as HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).

The HIPAA issues are complicated, but at its essence, the problem is how much data the mobile device stores locally, even for a brief period. In a perfect world, all such data would be transmitted in a highly encrypted fashion to a secure server; unfortunately, these apps will function in environments that are far from perfect. Many areas don’t have consistent Internet connections, forcing the app to either save data locally or refuse to function until it has such a connection.

Read more about HIPAA on The Bridge.