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Agents of Change: VMware

Jack Loo | Jan. 30, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have VMware.

Mobile devices will continue to enter the workforce, and this will further propel cloud adoption and usage. The rise in the mobile workforce offers an opportunity for IT to innovatively support device diversity and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives by improving user access and mobility, streamlining application updates, enhancing data security and delivering the highest fidelity user experience.

As workers become increasingly mobile, IT must provide anywhere, anytime access to the traditional Windows desktop. VMware's continued investment and innovation in end-user computing will help IT organisations free the desktop, redefine the corporate workspace and embrace a new way of working in the post PC era.

As seen with VMware's customer, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), the challenge that they had was to implement an IT infrastructure that can scale in line with their growth ambitions, support a distributed network of campus locations, and facilitate the management of student's desktops.

VMware virtualisation has enabled SIT to modernise their data centre and increase agility and maximise existing infrastructure and enabled the institution to embark on a plan to allow students to access their SIT desktops from any device.

Working with VMware, SIT was able to:

  • Reduce overall server and desktop costs by 20-25 percent by adopting a virtual desktop strategy
  • Enable provisioning of new desktops 30 percent faster
  • Cut data centre real estate requirements by 50 percent
  • Deploy virtual desktops to help the institution control its software licensing costs.
  • Support the adoption of a use your own device strategy

Social Media

VMware believes that the post-PC era will be defined by a new way to work that is increasingly social, real-time and collaborative. Social media has become a vital platform for communication with internal and external stakeholder and employees are demanding a more social way of work.

Socialcast is an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) that unites people, data and applications in real-time that helps address the challenges of information overload in today's complex workplace. It helps integrate a social layer within common business applications to provide teams with a seamless, up-to-the-moment view of what's happening in the workplace. As a result, Socialcast enables people to be more focused and productive, dramatically reducing time spent on email, meetings, and chasing down information.

Enterprise social networking will get more visibility among organisations as the demand for a more social and collaborative working environment continue to increase. This will pave the way for an increase in the development of products and solutions that offer improved communications and collaboration to enable their teams to drive greater results faster, more efficiently and more creatively from virtually anywhere.

As companies recognise the benefits of a social and collaborative environment, there will be a stronger need to socialise business processes. Enterprise social networking will help fill this demand as it provides a means to break down barriers to communication and promote collaboration in the workplace using an intuitive and familiar interface that is similar to existing social networks.


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