In a few minutes, the Digital Workspace Showcase keynote will take place. This keynote will show the future of end-user computing. I will be updating this blog as they make announcements and perform demonstrations.
4:32 PM – Room is pretty full. Looks like we are running a few minutes behind while everyone takes their seats.
4:34 PM – The keynote is starting with a video about EUC issues. Some laughter in the crowd.
4:35 PM – Shankar Iyer and Noah Wasmer take the stage. They’re talking about the history of EUC at VMware. Noah is talking about the business transformation that VMware EUC can provide to a variety of use cases.
4:38 PM – Companies with engaged workforce’s earn 147% more per share than their non-engaged competitors.
4:39 PM – Horizon cloud services are available over 25 regions between AWS, Azure, and IBM Softlayer. Workspace ONE is processing over 450 BILLION events per month.
4:41 PM – CIOs are saying that they can’t recruit talent unless they upgrade their end-user computing infrastructure.
4:43 PM – Workspace ONE is the platform that will unify, abstract, and reduce device silos. There are five key pillars around reducing digital silos:
There are three core ideas to bring an intelligence-driven digital workspace to life. These three pillars are built on a foundation of intelligence and automation.
4:45 PM – Shankar announces the first Employees-First Award to highlight a customer that brings digital transformation to their employees. Adobe Systems wins the award.
4:49 PM – Shawn Bass, VMware EUC CTO, takes the stage to talk about Redefining Modern Management of End-User Computing
The first announcement is Dell “Ready to Work” Solutions. Brett Hansen, VP at Dell, joins Shawn on stage.
The first point that they are discussing is the ability to manage Dell hardware with Workspace ONE.
Dell is providing factory integration of Workspace ONE so users can receive a laptop directly from Dell, already integrated with Workspace ONE, so they can boot it and have their applications provisioned as if they were a mobile device. Large applications are preloaded in the factory. This sounds like the existing Dell factory process with Workspace ONE preinstalled and registered.
In order to prevent untrusted applications from being run on the machine, Workspace ONE will integrate with Device Guard to prevent untrusted applications from running. Trusted applications can be downloaded and run through the Workspace ONE portal.
4:57 PM – Announcing Windows 10 Industry Baselines. These are prepopulated templates with policies configured to meet various industry baselines. Baselines can be updated and modified by administrators. This solution provides 100% GPO coverage and 100% modern policy management coverage.
Device Update Readiness is an automation capability that will let IT fully automate the process of application compatibility testing. Workspace ONE Intelligence will detect applications that are blocking the deployment of the latest version of Windows and allow IT to automatically send alerts to the developers.
CVE Vulnerability Remediation is a Workspace ONE Intelligence service. It pulls in a CVE database into intelligence and provide information about the vulnerability and provides the ability to automate the approval of a patch, deployment of the patch, and alerting the security team that it was being proactively addressed.
5:05 PM – Windows 10 isn’t the only ecosystem that is being updated. Enhancements are coming to MacOS, Android, Chrome, Google Glass, and Rugged/IoT.
5:05 PM – Changes to work styles require changes to IT security.
Zero-trust security is a principle that states the device should never be trusted. Workspace ONE can help create a zero-trust environment. Workspace ONE allows for a defense-in-depth strategy where security can be applied at multiple layers.
The partnership with Okta enables IT to set policies that can prevent users from accessing Okta applications unless the device is managed. When attempting to access the application, WS ONE will perform a device check before sending the user to Okta for authentication.
Workspace ONE Trust Networks allows security tools to integrate with Workspace ONE Intelligence. This allows Workspace ONE to automate actions to prevent the user from introducing security risks into the environment.
VMware is also announcing four new Trust Networks partners – Checkpoint, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro, and zScaler.
5:15 PM – Shikha Mittal and Angela Ge take the stage to discuss modernization of Windows Application Delivery.
Intelligence and automation are being added into the Horizon control plane. This is built into the Horizon Cloud Control Plane. A cloud connector will be available to enable automation and intelligence for on-premises Horizon environments. Horizon is also available on VMC, and the cloud connector enables management of these environments as well. Horizon Cloud on Softlayer and Horizon Cloud on Azure IaaS are managed directly from the Horizon Cloud Management Console.
The Horizon Cloud Management Console allows administrators to view all of their Horizon environments, both on-premises and in the cloud, and perform management actions against them. It also allows administrators to provision both Horizon on VMC and Horizon Cloud on Azure.
5:25 PM – The Workpsace ONE agent can be installed on Horizon desktops, and when the desktop is provisioned, it becomes a managed device. This enables VMware UEM policies to be applied to Horizon desktops as well as view intelligence about the desktop, applications, and security posture of the entire physical and virtual desktop estate.
5:30 PM – Announcing the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub – combining the Workspace ONE app and the Airwatch Agent. Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub enables workflow driven activities with integrations into other enterprise systems like Service Now, an internal people directory, and a notifications page where the user can keep track of tickets and alerts from application notifications.
5:36 PM – Shawn wraps up the keynote by announcing the EUC Beta Program. You can learn more at https://goo.gl/wZmXqK
- Employee Experience
- Modern Management
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