Hi everyone, welcome to the final newsletter for 2015. This is our 50th Newsletter meaning that we have not missed a single week this year delivering the best VMware related news to you. It has been a very exciting year with the launch of many VMware solutions such as vSphere 6 as well as the many Cloud Native Application (CNA) solutions. We also had VMworld in both the USA and Europe plus the many vForum's around the world ensuring that all of our customers and partners are completely up to date with the latest VMware solutions.

For the final newsletter of 2015 we have an excellent article by the Director of our US West TAM Program on expanded TAM offerings.

I wish all of you a peaceful and happy holiday season and I look forward to bringing your the TAM newsletter again in 2016 for the 8th year.


Virtually Yours
Neil Isserow
VMware Staff TAM, Team Lead and Newsletter Editor
San Francisco, CA


Adding More Benefits for Our Valued Customers: 2015 TAM Service Enhancements
By Steve Kemp

Our global TAM community works relentlessly to improve TAM Services, and we work relentlessly to improve TAM Service excellence and provide even more value to you, our VMware TAM customers. As 2015 draws to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the value-added services and programs we’ve added this past year. The following is just a sampling of what we’ve put into play in 2015: [Continue Reading...]

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