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As we head towards the middle of 2016 I want to reflect on our weekly TAM newsletter. Each week the TAM newsletter is produced and provided to our audience of TAMs and customers. This has been going on now for 7 and a half years almost every week. We are on the 19th newsletter of the year and come rain or shine we try and put out the news that matter to your our TAM customer. Of course sometimes we make mistakes, include the wrong articles or miss out on articles that are important altogether but without fail you can rely on receiving this newsletter in your inbox each week. We rely on a number of news sources such as the TAM Twitter Account and TAM Blog to provide the many articles and other news to you.
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TAM TWEETS OF THE WEEK (Editor: Daniel Mizrahi)
Kit Colbert interview with theCUBE at #EMCWorld 2016 in Las Vegas bit.ly/24Bq9Jg
#VMworld 2016 US Public Session Voting open thru May 24th bit.ly/21PHCIH pic.twitter.com/ldbdyWXB3T
Working Together – UCS Management and VMware vRealize Operations (via #Cisco Blogs) bit.ly/21XKKm1pic.twitter.com/D3MtuJpanx
Can Combining Virtual Machines and Containers Get You to ‘Cloud Native Nirvana?’ bit.ly/21Vj80Npic.twitter.com/tcUnQ00BAI
Enterprise Networking: Top 10 Trends (via #CIO Vantage) bit.ly/24SuRCp pic.twitter.com/Ot8WHCTNfC
TAM BLOG (Editor: Kelly Dare)
Improving the VMware User Experience Every Day
By Kelly Dare
I recently spoke with Steve Wehrend, our VP of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI), about his role and the impact his group is making on the VMware customer experience.
Steve’s objective is to make VMware UIs as transparent as possible. He describes his vision this way: “The best tools let you focus on your work. They become part of what you’re doing. You don’t think about them. You just use them. You become lost in the task, not in the tool.” Speaking with Steve, you realize that this vision drives all that he does here.
Steve described how he was drawn to UX and UI. “At their most basic, user experience problems are people problems,” he explains. “I love being able to understand people and how to make things work for them. I enjoy that part of problem solving, which is why UX and UI are my passions”
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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
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Since we announced the retirement of the remaining VCAP5 exams in late March, we have heard from quite a number of you who have requested additional time to prepare for and take those exams. Additionally, we are still working on the development and refinement of the VCAP6 exams (which will replac...
May 13, 2016 4:00:20 PM
Improving the VMware User Experience Every Day
By Kelly Dare I recently spoke with Steve Wehrend, our VP of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI), about his role and the impact his group is making on the VMware customer experience. Steve’s objective is to make VMware UIs as transparent as possible. He describes his vision this way: “Th...
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May 12, 2016 5:48:33 PM
New Courses covering NSX, Horizon 7 and more
VMware Education Services continually releases new courses designed to grow your skills so you can exploit the opportunities provided by VMware technologies. New this month: VMware NSX: Troubleshooting and Operations [V6.2] This course teaches you to troubleshoot and operate a VMware NSX® deploym...
May 12, 2016 3:39:51 PM
Save on Training & Certification at VMworld US 2016
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May 9, 2016 4:25:57 PM
SAP HANA on VMware vSphere – Sizing (Compute)
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May 13, 2016 6:07:22 PM
VMware NSX Fundamentals Live is Coming to a City Near You
Sometimes a webcast isn’t enough – that’s why when VMware brings an NSX seminar to your hometown, you say “yes.” VMware is kicking off the NSX Fundamentals Live U.S. tour, so register now to secure your spot in one of these seminars when it gets to your town. VMware experts will start off with a ...
May 13, 2016 5:53:58 PM
Storage Troubleshooting in a 3-2-1 Hardware Stack
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May 13, 2016 10:01:34 AM
Troubleshooting Tips: Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-in
By Spas Kaloferov Background and General Considerations In this post will we will take a look at some common issues one might experience when using the VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) PowerShell Plug-In, especially when using HTTPS protocol or Kerberos authentication for the PowerShell Host (P...
May 12, 2016 7:18:57 PM
VMware and Cirrity Help U.S. Auto Sales to Speed Past Sales Records with Virtual Desktops
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May 12, 2016 4:00:49 PM
vRealize Suite Customer Results
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May 12, 2016 11:00:47 AM
Reinvent Cloud Security with vCloud Air
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May 11, 2016 4:00:52 PM
Infographic: Survey Reveals IT Organizations Underestimate Security Threats
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May 11, 2016 12:00:35 PM
Project Cava, Dogfooding the vRealize Suite
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May 11, 2016 10:00:25 AM
vTech Talk: vCloud Air Template Options
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May 10, 2016 4:02:08 PM
Moving VMs is not solving your SDDC Management Problems!
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May 10, 2016 10:01:44 AM
DevOps Ready IT achieved at VMware IT
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May 9, 2016 11:00:27 AM
END USER COMPUTING
Rise of the Bots & Big Data in Top Mobile News This Week
Every-bot-y’s talking about this hitting the enterprise. They’re smart. They’re helpful. They’re about to change the way you work. They’re bots. Head to Workspace Central to read how these little helpers could soon save you time on the job. Think you’re ready for Big Data? How fast can you swim? ...
May 13, 2016 5:00:47 PM
3 Tips for Managing Data in the IoT Context
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May 12, 2016 4:49:35 PM
Developing a Mobile App for People with Too Many Passwords
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May 12, 2016 1:46:29 PM
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May 11, 2016 12:31:44 PM
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May 10, 2016 2:00:19 PM
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May 9, 2016 1:16:21 PM
[WEBINAR] The Rising Threat of Insider-led Security Breaches
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