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Today @ VMworld – Two Can’t Miss Customer Stories

VMworldVMworld is here!  The packed schedule today starts with our CEO, Pat Gelsinger, who will present  the general session, “Competitive Advantage in the Multi-Cloud Era – Connecting People, Apps & Data to Propel your Business Forward”.  

If you are still working out what breakout sessions to attend this afternoon, you shouldn’t miss these two sessions from VMware customers who are going through their own multi-cloud transformation and have built out strategies to transform their organization for the digital era.

American Tire Distributors:  Our Journey to a Modern Private Cloud

Monday, August 30th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
As an organization experiencing rapid growth, American Tire Distributors (ATD) recognized the need to modernize their infrastructure platform to support the changing needs of their business.

Starting with a holistic assessment of their IT organization across people, process and technology, ATD worked with VMware to create an actionable and collaborative roadmap for the modernization of their private cloud.

Join ATD’s VP of IT Operations, Ravi Ramaraj, as he shares his experiences and practical advice across:

  • Value found in starting with an actionable assessment
  • Establishing a strategy and plan for SDDC transformation
  • Modernizing their data center
  • Adopting a service oriented IT model with defined services, automation and security

Add session SDDC8930 to your agenda.

Sun Trust’s Cloud Journey:  IaaS, PaaS and Beyond

Monday, August 30th, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
How can a Southern Bank compete with Wall Street? They need to be fast, agile, and drive a culture of innovation and change.

SunTrust has built an environment that will create immense value to its customers by delivering on a vision of a stable and efficient cloud that enables its development team to build world-class applications.

Listen to Bryan Clements, Senior Vice President of Sun Trust, discuss how he has created an internal focus on innovation and testing new ideas to help their customers.  Bryan will discuss:

  1. His vision of the multi-year transformation journey that he is enabling and how the new wave of applications are creating opportunities for his business.
  2. The operational efficiencies needed to build their forward compatible cloud, and the value of the developer-focused model.
  3. How a DevOps model is influencing the culture changes needed to drive this type of platform.

Add session SDDC8975 to your agenda.

DevOps Sessions at VMworld 2016

DevOps VMworld 2016Join Our DevOps Experts at VMworld 2016 for Real-World Advice and Customer Stories to Improve the Agility and Velocity of Application Delivery

Increasing the speed, quality and reliability of application delivery is, or should be, on the agenda of every IT organization this year.  To help our customers build a strategy for this evolution, a DevOps track has been added to the VMworld agenda for 2016 featuring sessions spanning a wide range of topics related to transforming your application delivery process.

Download this handy guide to DevOps Sessions at VMworld 2016 to take with you next week, or use the links below to add these sessions to your agenda via the VMworld Schedule Builder.

Sun, Aug 28th 1:00 PM CNA7813-QT Architecting Cloud-Native Systems with Photon and Pivotal Cloud Foundry
Sun, Aug 28th 2:00 PM SDDC7881-QT Cloud Service Lifecycle in a DevOps-Focused Delivery Model
Mon, Aug 29th 11:00 AM MGT8766 How IT Can Enable DevOps and Development Teams to Rapidly Deliver and Iterate Robust Applications in a Multicloud Environment including VMware, AWS, Azure and Softlayer
Mon, Aug 29th 1:00 PM DEVOP7788 Industry Perspective: Enterprise Reality of Doing DevOps
Tues, Aug 30th 11:30 AM DEVOP7730 DevOps Bootcamp
Tues, Aug 30th 11:30 AM DEVOP9965 Implementing DevOps with VMware vRealize and Cisco UCS
Tues, Aug 30th 12:00 PM ELW-1730-USE-1 vSphere Integrated Containers Workshop
Tues, Aug 30th 12:30 PM INF8092 The Power Hour: Deep Dive, DevOps, and New Features of PowerCLI
Tues, Aug 30th 2:00 PM DEVOP7859 Real-World DevOps Customer Panel
Tues, Aug 30th 3:30 PM MG77652 OpenStack in the Real World: VMware Integrated OpenStack Customer Panel
Tues, Aug 30th 4:00 PM DEVOP8971 Run a Hybrid Application Across VMware and Google Cloud Platform
Tues, Aug 30st 5:30 PM CNA8145 From Today to ”CNA”: VMware Technologies and DevOps Frameworks as a Service
Wed, Aug 31st 8:00 AM DEVOP8924 Building an Actionable Strategy Around DevOps and Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Wed, Aug 31st 10:50 AM STP9983 How enterprise IT is evolving their Infrastructure to support DevOps and new application architectures like Containerization and Microservices
Wed, Aug 31st 11:30 AM MGT8499 Moving to Infrastructure as Code: How Fannie Mae Is Managing the SDDC with the vRCS Management Pack (aka Project Houdini)
Wed, Aug 31st 12:30 PM DEVOP9093 Unpanel: How I Survived the DevOps Transition
Wed, Aug 31st 2:30 PM MGT8969 Forrester Research POV on DevOps, Automation, and Virtualization Maturity Trends
Wed, Aug 31st 4:00 PM MGT7751 A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack
Thurs, Sept 1st 10:00 AM DEVOP7915 Network as Code: DevOps Implications of Programmable Infrastructure
Thurs, Sept 1st 12:30 PM MGT8763 3 Best Practices for IT to Enable Developers to Deploy on Amazon and Azure While Ensuring Security and Accountability
All Days All Times SPL-1721-USE-4 vRealize Automation for DevOps Hands on Lab
All Days All Times SPL-1706-SDC-2 DevOps-Ready IT with vRealize Code Stream Hands on Lab
All Days All Times SPL-1730-USE-1 vSphere Integrated Containers from A to Z Hands on Lab

VMworld 2016: IT Strategy Sessions


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At VMworld 2016, IT leaders will join their peers to learn about strategies for meeting the growing requirements of their businesses in the digital era.

In addition to the valuable networking and thought-provoking conversations that happen at VMworld, you can take advantage of a full slate of breakout sessions. These sessions can help you build a comprehensive IT strategy and roadmap for digital transformation.

Add these sessions to your agenda


Monday, August 29

11:00 AM SDDC7616 Strategizing Cloud Business Management Using vRealize Business
11:30 AM EUC7870 VMware’s Solution Strategy on Mobility’s Evolution to Internet of Things into 2016 and Beyond
2:00 PM SDDC8930 American Tire Distributors: Our Journey to a Modern Private Cloud
3:30 PM SDDC8975 IaaS, PaaS and Beyond – SunTrust’s Cloud Journey
3:30 PM SDDC8994 Taming the Hydra: IT in a Multi-Cloud World
5:00 PM SDDC8214 Case Study: VMware’s Private Cloud Journey to Over 100K Virtual Machines

Tuesday, August 30

11:00 AM SEC8730 NSX Security and Micro-Segmentation Customer Panel
1:00 PM CTO9036 Providing Management Tools for the Emerging IoT Infrastructure
2:00 PM SDDC8357 If They Come, Are You Ready? Strategic Demand Management for Cloud Services
2:30 PM DEVOP7859 Real-World DevOps Customer Panel
5:30 PM CNA8145 From Today to “CNA”: VMware Technologies and DevOps Frameworks as a Service

Wednesday, August 31

8:00 AM DEVOP8924 Building an Actionable Strategy Around DevOps and Platform as a Service (PaaS)
10:00 AM MGT8884 Our SDDC Journey: See How SDDC Transformed IT in Just 12 Months and Changed How We Think About “Automation” at Johnson & Johnson IT
11:30 AM SDDC7692 Tips for Realizing the Full Value of Your SDDC Transformation
12:30 PM DEVOP9093 Unpanel: How I Survived the DevOps Transition
2:00 PM MGT8969 Forrester Research POV on DevOps, Automation, and Virtualization Maturity Trends
3:30 PM SDDC9971 Experience the Business Impact of IT Innovation and Transformation in This Live Interactive Simulation
4:00 PM SDDC7886 Implementing an Operating Model for Agility: A Customer Success Story


Wed @ VMworld – 2 Wildly Different Ways to Discuss Next Gen IT Strategy

Reg LoLively discussionBy Reg Lo

The theme of VMworld 2016 is be_Tomorrow.  As we’ve talked about in many previous blog posts, it’s no secret that the demands on IT are changing and that IT leaders need to evolve their strategies or risk the decline of their company’s market position and the loss of relevance for internal IT.

For IT leaders attending VMworld, I hope to offer you a couple of unconventional ways of fostering discussion with your peers around the pressing challenges you’re facing today.

Unpanel:  How I Survived the DevOps Transition

Wednesday, August 31st – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

If you’ve ever joined an Unpanel before, you know you’re in for some lively discussion – and to be prepared at any moment to jump up on stage!

Join me and my colleagues, Ed Hoppitt of Battlebots (and VMware) fame and Tom Hite who leads VMware’s DevOps and Open Cloud Services team, as we moderate a dynamic exchange between IT practitioners and their development counterparts. You will hear about the dos, don’ts, and gotchas from both perspectives.

We will invite you to participate with your opinions and insights, and you might become part of the panel.

Add session DEVOP9093 to your agenda

Experience the Business Impact of IT Innovation & Transformation in this Live Interactive Simulation

Wednesday, August 31st – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Join your peers in IT leadership for a live interactive simulation where you get to experiment on what series of IT initiatives will lead to the greatest impact on business revenue and IT costs. This is a unique experiential learning session.

Using a software-based simulation platform, I will team up with my colleague, Andy Troup of VMware Operations Transformation Services, to present you with a variety of IT innovation project options, representing a wide spectrum from developing cloud capabilities to advanced micro-segmentation. Acting as a company with a set budget for operating expenses and innovation, your team will choose which projects to focus and then see the results of your selections.

Will revenue increase because you were able to speed time to market? Will your operating expenses increase or decrease? Will you experience set-backs if you focus on one area but neglect others?

Test your IT strategy theories, participate in lively discussions about today’s options in IT, and walk away with tips for how to build a roadmap for innovation that will work for your organization.

VMworld_ITStrategy (288x300)Add session SDDC9971 to your agenda

I hope to see you at both of these sessions at the end of this month!

Download a full agenda of VMworld breakout sessions that will help IT leaders build a strategy for the digital era.


Reg Lo is the Americas Director of VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and is based in California.