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VMworld 2015 – Day 4 Recap

Wednesday Sept 2

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Kevin Lees, our principal architect in our Operations Transformation Services practice, spoke today about Best Practice Approaches to Transformation with the Software Defined Data Center. Kevin speaks from experience, spending most of his time with customers on-site with transformation projects. Kevin has seen firsthand what works and what certainly doesn’t. Recommendations he shared this morning included:

  • Start with a formal service definition process—include all stakeholders (LoB, Ops, Infrastructure, Dev, Finance)
  • Include Security and Compliance right off the bat
  • A 360 degree service definition exercise drives technology decisions, not the other way around
  • Look at the new roles that will be needed: e.g. Business Relationship Manager, Service Owner
  • Create a Service Marketing Plan for key stakeholders in the organization
  • Assume change will be constant—adopt an agile planning methods (e.g. 2 week sprints); release features on a regular basis rather than waiting for final project completion
  • Take an iterative approach rather than a sequential approach. Start simple, gradually expand (this applies to the process side as well as the service offering side.)
  • Merge workstreams: technical workstream, operations transformation workstream, cloud service management
  • Break down silo’s (Kevin has some really good advice here arming and rewarding champions or change agents in the functional groups to help this happen. Exec sponsorship is also critical.)

You can find the session recording on the VMworld mobile app or vmworld.com to get the benefit of all of Kevin’s insights.

Last day of the conference is tomorrow! Here’s what to attend:

  • 10:30 AM
    OPT 5029 How to Use Service Definitions to VMware vRealize Business to Build Highly effective, Service-Based Cost Models
  • 10:30 AM
    OPT 4707 Integrating vRealize Automation with ITSM and Service Catalog
  • 12:00 PM
    OPT5709 Building a SDDC with CIT (customer presentation)
  • 1:30 PM
    OPT 5369 Proactive Monitoring of a Service: People, Process and Technology

Don’t forget to use the VMworld mobile app to easily locate these final day sessions.

And, thanks for sharing the week with us! Please do reply to this post with any observations about the subject of transformation of your own, either from your own experiences or as a result of any the Operations Transformation sessions you attended this week. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Andy Troup is a Cloud Operations Architect with over 25 years of IT experience. He specializes in Cloud Operations and Technology Consulting Service Development. Andy is also a vCAP DCA and VCP. Andy possesses a proven background in design, deployment and management of enterprise IT projects. Previously, Andy co-delivered the world’s first and subsequent vCloud Operational Assessments (Colt Telecomm & Norwegian Government Agency) to enable the early adoption of VMware’s vCloud implementation.

 

 

 

 

VMworld US – Day 3 Recap

Tuesday Sept 1

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By Andy Troup

It was another highly rewarding day in the Operations Transformation track at VMworld today. If you missed Ed Hoppitt speaking about DevOps Transformation, be sure to find the recording (With your conference pass you have access to recordings to any sessions you might have missed within 24 hours—find them on the VMworld mobile app or vmworld.com). Another highlight of the day was a customer group discussion on the subject of Organizational Change. Customers shared their challenges with siloed organizations, internal resistance to role changes, and more. Discussion points also included the need to find change agents or champions within IT to lead the charge to a service model, the need for executive sponsorship, and the importance of formally updating performance requirements or MBO’s.

“Can’t miss” real-world insights coming out tomorrow:

ITaaS at the Boeing Co., a Federal agency hybrid cloud case study, VMware IT on their internal cloud journey, and SDDC best practices from our operations transformation principal architect Kevin Lees, who spends a majority of his time on-site with customers helping shape their transformation journeys.

  • 8:00 AM
    OPT 5232 Cloud Native Apps, MicroServices and Twelve-Factor Apps: What Do They Mean for your SDDC/Cloud Ops?
  • 9:00 AM
    OPT 5069 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud—a Federal Case Study (DoE customer presentation)
  • 11:00 AM
    OPT 5361 Best Practice Approaches to Transformation with the SDDC
  • 12:30 PM
    OPT5509 Building an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Strategy and Operating Model
  • 2:00 PM
    OPT5793 Organizational Change Management and SDDC: Why Getting Your People and Processes Aligned are the Key Ingredient in Ensuring Maximum Value to You
  • 2:30 PM
    OPT 5972 80k VM’s and Growing: VMware’s Internal Cloud Journey Told by the People on the Frontlines
  • 3:30 PM
    OPT 4684 Engineers in the Cloud: the New Model of Data Center Operations (customer presentation)
  • 4:00 PM
    OPT 6227 Developing a new IT: How the Boeing Company IT Dept. is Empowering its Customers through Internal Cloud and Services (customer presentation)

See the VMworld mobile app to easily locate these sessions, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @VMwareCloudOps for all of the latest information coming out of VMworld!


 

Andy Troup is a Cloud Operations Architect with over 25 years of IT experience. He specializes in Cloud Operations and Technology Consulting Service Development. Andy is also a vCAP DCA and VCP. Andy possesses a proven background in design, deployment and management of enterprise IT projects. Previously, Andy co-delivered the world’s first and subsequent vCloud Operational Assessments (Colt Telecomm & Norwegian Government Agency) to enable the early adoption of VMware’s vCloud implementation.

 

VMworld US – Day 2

Monday, August 31

From an Operations Transformation Services perspective, the first full day of VMworld was a cracker! (I’m British – that means very good!)


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Our presenters had a number of insights to share (remember, with your VMworld conference pass you have access to recordings of any sessions you might have missed within 24 hours, found either on the VMworld mobile app or on vmworld.com). Dave Crane, one of our Operations Transformation Services solution architects, offered this advice in the Advanced Automation Use session this morning:

If you only take away one key point from this session, it should be about the importance of a reference framework“.

The reference framework is oriented around a specific capability (in the example presented in this session, the automated provisioning process). The reference framework document describes all of the steps in the capability, ensures business and IT alignment, and provides the baseline for your governance activities (leave a comment on this post if you have a specific question for Dave regarding this topic).

One of our customer presenters took us through their multi-year transformation journey story (people and process alignment featuring prominently, again!), and the critical role that the vRealize Operations tool plays in terms of visibility and management along that journey.

Tomorrow will be another really interesting day, with a variety of transformation topics. Of particular note, I’d like to call attention to the Organizational Change Group Discussion at 12:30 PM (OPT 4743) where a number of our solution architects with extensive on-site customer experience will share real-world organizational change insights, best practices and pitfalls in an interactive format.

Here’s the schedule for Tuesday, September 1:

  • 11:30 AM – OPT 4953:
    Operationalizing VMware NSX: Practical Strategies and Lessons from Real-World Implementations
  • 12:30 PM – OPT 4743:
    Organizational Change Group Discussion
  • 1:00 PM – OPT 4868:
    DevOps Transformation: Culture, Technology or Both?
  • 2:30 PM – OPT 4992:
    vRealize CodeStream: Is DevOps about Tools or Transformation?
  • 4:00 PM – OPT 5222:
    Keys to Successfully Marketing and Managing your vRealize Automation Service Catalog
  • 5:30 PM – OPT 5075:
    Six Steps to Establish Your IT Business Management Office (ITBMO) with vRealize Business

Visit the VMworld mobile app to locate these sessions, and be sure to follow us on Twitter to find more information and resources: @VMwareCloudOps.

See you at Moscone.


Andy Troup is a Cloud Operations Architect with over 25 years of IT experience. He specializes in Cloud Operations and Technology Consulting Service Development. Andy is also a vCAP DCA and VCP. Andy possesses a proven background in design, deployment and management of enterprise IT projects. Previously, Andy co-delivered the world’s first and subsequent vCloud Operational Assessments (Colt Telecomm & Norwegian Government Agency) to enable the early adoption of VMware’s vCloud implementation.


 

Welcome to VMworld 2015!

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Sunday, August 30th

By Andy Troup

dc2105As one of the solution architects on the Operations Transformation Services team, it is my pleasure to share our breakout session schedule with you and make sure you can easily find transformation sessions of relevance and interest.

Why Operations Transformation, anyway? Our customers know that in order to optimize the business outcomes of VMware technologies, you will need to modernize your IT infrastructure, evolving from a traditional siloed IT model to one of a service-driven organization. And to do this, you must also align the people and processes that support the new IT model. With the help of VMware Operations Transformation Services, you can effectively adapt your organization, and automate and orchestrate processes to maximize the business agility and operational efficiency these technologies offer.

This week in San Francisco, we have 23 breakout sessions in our schedule, covering multiple dimensions of the operational transformation journey.

But let’s focus on Day One.

We have six sessions tomorrow, Monday, August 31, covering a great mix of topics, including several customer presenters and VMware IT sharing real-world transformation experiences.

  • 8:30 AM – OPT 4680:

    Advanced Automated Use Case: Using vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation to Seize Back the Approval Charter

  • 12:00 PM – OPT 6226:

    Kaiser Permanente: Metrics-driven Transformation – Using vRealize Operations as the Foundation for Operations Transformation (customer presentation)

  • 1:30 PM – OPT 5238:

    VMware IT DevOps Transformation: A VMware-On-VMware Showcase

  • 1:30 PM – OPT 5519:

    Nimble Automation in a Regulated Environment: Good, Fast and Cheap. Pick Two. (Healthcare customer panel with Blue Shield, Delta Dental and Vision Care Plan)

  • 3:00 PM – OPT 5960:

    VMware NSX with a DevOps Mentality: Streamline Your Operations for Zero Downtime Networking

  • 3:30 PM – OPT 5279:

    Chargeback in the Dept of Defense (customer session)

Visit the VMworld mobile app to easily locate these sessions. And follow us on Twitter: @VMwareCloudOps.


Andy Troup is a Cloud Operations Architect with over 25 years of IT experience. He specializes in Cloud Operations and Technology Consulting Service Development. Andy is also a vCAP DCA and VCP. Andy possesses a proven background in design, deployment and management of enterprise IT projects. Previously, Andy co-delivered the world’s first and subsequent vCloud Operational Assessments (Colt Telecomm & Norwegian Government Agency) to enable the early adoption of VMware’s vCloud implementation.

3 Key Trends for 2015: How to Keep Pace with the Rapidly Changing IT Landscape

craig dobsonBy Craig Dobson

So much happened in 2014, and as the New Year begins, I’m looking forward to finding out what 2015 holds—both from a market and an industry perspective. One thing is for certain: the rapid changes we have seen in our industry will continue into the New Year. In fact, the pace of change is likely to accelerate.

I believe the following key trends will be shaping the IT landscape of 2015:

  • Increased application focus
  • Continued movement from CapEx to OpEx models (embracing “x-as-a-Service”)
  • Heightened focus on accurate measurement of the cost-of-IT

Let’s explore these trends in a little more detail.

Application Focus

All throughout 2014 I have been hearing clients say: “it’s all about the application.” In the face of global competition and with the rise of disruptive startups testing the old school business models, the lines of business are seeking innovation, market differentiation, and quick response to changing market dynamics. They are driving IT—and all too frequently looking outside, to cloud-based solutions— to enable quick response to these dynamic changes, often at a lower entry cost.

In 2015, lines of business will prioritize and focus on the business applications that will support the goal of serving, winning, and retaining customers. Application portfolios will change to hybrid architectures that increasingly leverage x-as-a-service models. Supporting platform decisions (such as infrastructure and cloud) will be made based on application decisions. IT professionals will need to stay on top of evolving business applications in order to more effectively support the demands of the lines of business.

Moving from CapEx to OpEx

The appetite to consume anything-as-a-service from external providers has grown throughout 2014, and is now significantly shifting the IT funding model from three- to five-year CapEx investments to OpEx-based consumption models. This shift will accelerate in 2015, and will often be tied to shorter contract periods, with an increased focus on cost and an expectation of a continued improvement on cost-to-serve.

What is driving this change is a general acceptance by mainstream enterprise businesses and different levels of government (through policy changes) that cloud-based services make economic sense, combined with the fact that the business risk of consuming these services has decreased.

Accurate Measurement of the Cost-of-IT

With the shift from CapEx to OpEx models and the focus on the business value of the application lifecycle, the CIO will be under even more pressure to show value back to the lines of business. In 2015, with these new dynamics, and with IT moving to become a full broker of services or portfolio manager (for both internal and external services) delivering x-as-a-service capabilities, this change will demand a greater level of granular and real-time financial reporting at a service level for the consuming lines of business.

This increased financial awareness will provide the ability for IT to show value, offer apples-to-apples comparison between internal IT and external services, as well as comparison between suppliers.

In addition to the cost transparency measures, I believe we will also see an aggressive focus on driving down operational costs to allow the savings to be targeted at next-generation business applications.

Ready for 2015

Let’s face it — change is a given, and 2015 will be no exception for IT. Forward-thinking IT leaders will get ready to deliver applications that meet the dynamic demands of the business; x-as-a-service offerings that meet or exceed end-user requirements; and financial reporting capabilities that not only show end users what they’re paying for but also enable IT to quantify its value.


Craig Dobson is Senior Director of VMware Technical Services for the Asia Pacific region and is based in Sydney.