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Did you know that at VMware we have an elite group of talented individuals known as Cloud Management Specialist Systems Engineers who help facilitate your journey to the software-defined data center by optimizing the software in your environment? These are seasoned VMware veterans as well as VCP’s, VCDX’s, and vExperts who thrive on helping our customers succeed.

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How Did Getting More Out Of Get Started?

As we (the Cloud Management Specialist Systems Engineers) work with customers, we get excited by not only helping customers deploy and utilize VMware software and solutions in general, but also by seeing them do cool stuff with our products that helps them drive value to the business through fast IT services delivery leveraging an efficient and secure infrastructure. But since we can’t be everywhere at once, we decided to create a series of online events we call the ‘Getting More Out Of VMware’ webinar series to assist a broader range of customers do just that: get more out of their VMware investments. The Getting More Out of VMware series (referred to simply as GMOo internally) debuted in the summer of 2014 as a science experiment/brainchild of Mike Eisenberg, Staff SE on the Cloud Management team. Mike recruited his fellow SEs to build and run a few small pilot sessions for their direct customers. The presentations of features and functionality, combined with tips, tricks and walk-throughs of vRealize Suite products – plus live Q&A – were an overnight success. Well, maybe not overnight but the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. And since happy customers are what we live for, we recruited more experts to help continually create and deliver fresh content.

vRealize Suite & vCloud Suite Focus

To date, the team has delivered more than 25 webinars highlighting the capabilities of vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Automation, vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Business. Additionally, we frequently cover integration’s with vSphere, NSX, Virtual SAN, Horizon, and more. On average, we host GMOo webinars every other Wednesday at 12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT and each has a run time of approximately 60 minutes. We record them end-to-end so that customers (or partners and even VMware employees) who can’t attend the live event don’t miss out. Since our goal for GMOo is to help customers gain a deeper understanding of the VMware solutions that they have deployed in their environment (but may not be getting enough value out of), we developed a public facing portal so the content is available on demand 24x7x365.  This is particularly of value to our international audience; the content is great but maybe not worth losing sleep over!

SDDC

While we primarily alternate between vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Automation, we are working on developing timely and practical content as requested by our audience members. This quarter, we have six sessions dedicated to vRealize Automation 7.0, which was released in December 2015. In January, VMware released vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 and the team is already planning and preparing new topics for the rest of the year. To help you plan accordingly, we publish the content schedule as it becomes available on our portal at www.vmware.com/go/getmore. We value your feedback and are always looking for ideas for specific topics to cover.

Upcoming Schedule

vRealize Automation 7.0 webinars for Q1 are being released according to the following schedule:

  1. Introducing vRA 7.0: What’s New (now available on-demand)
  2. Installation and Setup (now available on-demand)
  3. Building and Managing Blueprints – 2/17
  4. Extending and Customizing Version 7 Workflows – 3/2
  5. Application Authoring and Deployment – 3/16
  6. Using the V7.0 API and Infrastructure as Code – 3/30

Sign Up & Register

We encourage you to take time to invest in yourself and develop your knowledge in these products to drive greater value in your organizations. Register for any webinar on the portal and, finally, make sure to also follow us on twitter for the latest news and announcements.