Enabling Remote Work Video with Sachin Sharma, Director, Product Marketing, VMware

Sachin and I reflect on some recent ESG research that captured the historical breakdown of remote workers, the current state of VMware employees and customers and think through how businesses may plan for the future. Sachin also shares some great insight into how VMware has been helping deliver solutions for business continuity and remote work.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility COVID-19 Tech Effect

Cooking and Work at Home Video with Matt Baker, SVP, Dell EMC Strategy and Planning

Matt and I have been sharing stories and formulating IT strategies for years. We recently had a chance to catch up and share our perspectives on how businesses have adjusted and some potential plans for the future. I always appreciate being able to grab time with Matt and capture his insight into what matters most to businesses.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility COVID-19 Tech Effect

Remote Work Without VPN during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Video with Andrew, CEO at Cameyo

Given the events of COVID-19 and the need to support remote work, I had the chance to catch up with Andrew Miller, CEO at Cameyo about VPN alternatives. I remember deploying VPN 20+ years ago and while the technology was the right fit at the time, I question whether it is the ideal solution for remote work today. Listen to what Andrew and I have to say about VPN solutions and alternative means to help make remote work work.

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Passwordless WFH? - Video with James Stickland, CEO at Veridium

I recently had the chance to speak with James Stickland, CEO at Veridium, to hear first hand how our ESG research regarding usernames and passwords from the Digital Work Survey maps to what James is seeing with businesses today.

In the video, I share research regarding an end-user perspective on:

Topics: Enterprise Mobility COVID-19 Tech Effect

This IS the Year of VDI! Thank You COVID-19 #!@*^!

Anyone tracking virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has seen numerous claims over the past 5+ years that “this is the year of VDI.” The technology has been compelling but limited in deployment for corner cases and specific employee profiles. It’s never bounced past these use cases. Until now.

COVID-19 has found companies left unprepared for this unplanned event and without a solid business continuity plan in place for WFH (work from home) employees. Prior to COVID-19, business executives were reluctant to support WFH and feared the impact to employee productivity. The technology to deliver a secure workspace for an employee is rarely the issue but was often used as an excuse to restrict WFH policies. A small percentage of companies had a local business continuity plan in place for local natural disasters, but few had plans in place to address the scale of WFH we are seeing today.

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VDI & DaaS Make WFH Work

The technology to help businesses deliver a secure and productive experience for employees as they work from home has been around for years. Businesses have implemented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) to enable remote employees, but the technology has never broken through a relatively small percentage of the employee base or been used outside of specific use cases. ESG has spoken with numerous companies that invested in VDI or DaaS to help address local business continuity, but now companies are finding themselves having to maintain business continuity globally. Something they have not likely planned for.

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Microsoft Ignite Sparks Attention Across the Market (with Video)

Microsoft has a tough balance to strike as they maintain decades of technology investments while inspiring cloud consumption models, modern platforms, and an unprecedented step forward with security. I recently shared that it is Time  to Add Microsoft Ignite as a Must Attend Event. Microsoft Ignite was full of announcements and openness that will shift how businesses have traditionally thought of Microsoft. 
 
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Time to Add Microsoft Ignite as a Must Attend Event

Microsoft Ignite should be added as a must attend event for IT decision makers and executives that have any type of current investment in Microsoft, building cloud strategies and transforming the way people work. The wave of announcements, the insights into technology, and the validations of customer success are worth tuning into.

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Made By Google...Ready for the Workplace?

I had the opportunity to attend the live Made By Google '19 event in New York City on October 15, 2019.

Given the pace of change and innovation in the market it is fascinating to attend these events and get a firsthand look at the technologyAs a consumer, it is easy to get excited about the latest gadgets, but businesses have traditionally been accustomed to technology lifecycles that are measured and accounted for in years--often 3, 5, and even 1year incrementsInnovators like Google are moving at a pace that is difficult to digest, never mind consume for mainstream businesses.  

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Microsoft and Samsung Locking Into the Future of Work

If you tuned into Galaxy Unpacked 2019, you had the opportunity to be thrilled by all the Samsung announcements, but when Microsoft popped into the storyline and Satya Nadella jumped on stage, it became clear that Samsung (and Microsoft) are focused beyond the consumer market and locking into the corporate workforce. The Samsung and Microsoft partnership also validates that the powerhouses are geared up to compete against Apple, Goggle, and AWS.

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