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Dell & VMware Extend PC Management to the Firmware

Greetings from #DellEMCWorld in Las Vegas, where all of the Dell Technologies brands have come together on one stage. These are not only exciting times for us, but also for our mutual customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. Customers are now seeing the collective strength of the Dell Technologies portfolio come to market—and see […]]> Greetings from #DellEMCWorld in Las Vegas, where all of the Dell Technologies brands have come together on one stage. These are not only exciting times for us, but also for our mutual customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. Customers are now seeing the collective strength of the Dell Technologies portfolio come to market—and see how possibilities are turned to reality.

In today&#rsquo;s keynote, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger spoke about the constantly expanding partnership between VMware and Dell. One such example is the integration of our industry-leading solutions VMware AirWatch and Dell Client Command systems management tools. AirWatch is a key component of VMware Workspace ONE, an industry leading platform that enables our IT customers to empower their workforce to securely bring the technology of their choice (devices and apps) at the pace and cost the business needs.

The integration extends AirWatch management and remediation capabilities to the system firmware or BIOS. This is another significant proof point of AirWatch&#rsquo;s evolution from enterprise mobility management (EMM) to a unified endpoint management (UEM) solution that goes beyond managing mobile devices to comprehensive Windows 10 and desktop management. At VMware, we see this as just the beginning of a long-term strategy to integrate our digital workspace solutions with Dell devices.

Extending PC Management to the BIOS

Windows devices have many system attributes that IT admins may want to monitor and manage. Typical client management tools allow admins to take actions in the operating system (OS), but fail to extend management capabilities to a lower firmware level. AirWatch integration with Dell Client Command creates an extensible platform that now allows IT admins to:

  • Query and retrieve key system attributes;
  • Configure critical BIOS settings; and
  • Take remediation actions.

All this from the same AirWatch admin console used for managing all the Windows OS policies, apps and other endpoints in your organization. Customers can take advantage of this unique integration as part of the AirWatch 9.1 console release and enable several IT use cases and benefits that improve user uptime, reduce costs and improve security. Let&#rsquo;s examine some of these use cases and benefits:

Proactive Device Management: Minimize User Downtime & Ensure Business Continuity

IT admins can now query and report key system attributes—including device service tag information, current BIOS version and battery health status—for their Dell hardware. This enables admins to create policies that proactively manage Dell devices, minimizing user downtown and ensuring business continuity. Here are two examples:

1. Admins can create custom notifications based on BIOS reporting of the battery health and the recommended threshold for replacement. This allows them to proactively ship replacement batteries to the users before a failure happens and thus avoid any downtime.

2. Admins can quickly report on the BIOS versions across their deployment and immediately locate devices that need attention based on the associated service tag. Implementing the most current BIOS version is critical not just from a usability and security standpoint, but this may also influence the overall life of the device.

BIOS Security & Remediation: Improve Alignment with Compliance & IT Security Policies

The BIOS security features in the AirWatch console enable IT admins to remotely configure BIOS passwords, enable use of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and take remediation actions on non-compliant devices. This ensures a stronger alignment with the recommended IT security and compliance policies within the organization. Here are two examples:

1. For many organizations, the BIOS passwords are typically difficult to change with the requirement to physically touch the device to make any updates. With the integration, admins can now remotely manage BIOS passwords. You can set different passwords based on custom smartgroup assignments, instantly change passwords in case they are leaked or compromised and even revoke passwords when the device is un-enrolled or an employee leaves the organization.

2. Most enterprise-grade Dell PCs now carry a TPM, which is a tamper-resistant physical chip that ensures overall system integrity. TPM helps encrypt passwords by generating and storing digital certificates and authentication and encryption keys. Thus, the TPM forms a critical element for Windows 10 security and is recommended for a variety of OS security features. These include Windows Hello, BitLocker encryption, Health Attestation and the virtualization-based security features new to the OS (e.g. Secure Boot, Device Guard, Credential Guard and others). With the integration, IT admins can now remotely enable and configure the use of TPM for the organization.

Zero-Touch System Configuration Over-the-Air: Simplify IT Tasks & Reduces Admin Overhead

Traditional BIOS management approaches were high touch, requiring IT admins to access physical machines to change configuration settings. AirWatch, however, adopts a cloud-first management model that enables instant push-based endpoint and app configuration. With Dell Client Command integration, the same over-the-air management approach is now extended for BIOS security and CPU virtualization settings, without admins needing to physically touch the machines. For example, admins can now remotely enable and provide automated support for CPU virtualization features that are required for deployment of VMware desktop products or Hyper-V.

Don&#rsquo;t Forget…

At Dell EMC World this year, we are only beginning to see solutions come to market as a direct result of the VMware and Dell partnership. As we continue this journey for the benefit of our mutual customers, expect to see new solutions that are a true testament of this &#rsquo;better together&#rdquo; partnership. Make sure to tag along as we head into VMworld 2017 for even more exciting innovations.

Will you be atMMS 2017?

We would love to see you. Stop by the VMware booth, and joinJason Roszak, director of product management at VMware, for a demo! Learn how to efficiently deploy, manage and secure Windows 10 endpoints across all networks and use cases Tuesday, May 16, 8–9:45 a.m. in Nokomis, BC.Register here.

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Apple Takes the Wearables Lead, Decoding Win10 S, Internet 4.0 & More Top Mobile News

Sorry, Fitbit, there&#rsquo;s a new sheriff in town. With nearly 60% growth in shipments in Q1 this year, Apple Watch officially became the king of the consumer wearables castle, according to CNBC. Fitbit, which was the long-time market leader, dropped to second after a 35% decline in Q1. Get the mobile news in your inbox […]]> Sorry, Fitbit, there&#rsquo;s a new sheriff in town.

With nearly 60% growth in shipments in Q1 this year, Apple Watch officially became the king of the consumer wearables castle, according to CNBC. Fitbit, which was the long-time market leader, dropped to second after a 35% decline in Q1.

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This is not the password you&#rsquo;re looking for.

A little post-Star Wars Day reference to lighten what is a painful, soul-sucking experience for mobile workers everywhere. You know it. We know it. Juggling passwords and jumping through log-in hoops is a pain. Thankfully, the force is with us.

A new survey revealed the top 10 identity and access management challenges for IT—and a new way forward for easier and more secure access from anywhere.

Get the free eBook here.

S is for security.

Microsoft introduced a new cloud-based version of Windows 10 this week: Windows 10 S.

VMware&#rsquo;s Aditya Kunduri breaks down the new operating system (OS):

&#rsquo;At its core, the &#rsquo;S&#rdquo; stands for simplicity and security, and fully embraces the modern,mobile-cloudarchitecture and management model.&#rdquo;

Get the lowdown on the new features, capabilities and how it impacts your endpoint management strategy here.

IoT to the rescue.

Lovingly called Internet 4.0 by the guys in the know, the Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just things. This new movement in our technology evolution has the potential to change the way we do everything.

Dive into a microcosm of the vast Internet 4.0 world with a sneak peek into how it impacts supply chains. Because, hey, if I can get my Prime delivery of soap, ketchup and socks even faster, I&#rsquo;m in.

Take it to the next level.

Of network security, that is. VMware AirWatch senior solutions architect Shardul Navare answers those questions we&#rsquo;ve all been asking:

  • What actually does micro-segmentation mean?
  • What tech do I need to make our mobile deployment secure from device to data center?
  • How does VMware NSX work with AirWatch?

Dive in here.

Coming Up Next:

  • Dell EMC World, booth 1143, May 8–11 in Vegas
  • Citrix Synergy, booth 309, May 23-25 in Orlando
  • VMware SociaLabs, May 23 (San Diego), June 6 (Reston) & June 20 (Halifax)
  • Boston Summer VMUG UserCon, June 1
  • Unlocking Mobility with Derived Credentials & VMware AirWatch, June 23 online
  • VMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas

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3 Ways Industry 4.0 & Wearables Revolutionize Supply Chains Today

At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, &#rsquo;Industry 4.0&#rdquo; was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains? According to Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, Industry 4.0 or the fourth […]]> At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, &#rsquo;Industry 4.0&#rdquo; was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains?

According to Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution is the &#rsquo;current trend toward greater interconnectivity between automated equipment through data exchange to support intelligent, autonomous decision-making.&#rdquo;1 These smart autonomous machines will eliminate waste in the supply chain by enabling more streamlined processes that create higher-quality goods at a fraction of the cost. Within the Industry 4.0 framework, augmented reality (AR) and wearable endpoints—such as ring-style scanners and smart glasses—have proven particularly valuable.

Salesforce predicts enterprise wearables usage will more than triple over the next two years.

Here are three ways in which Industry 4.0 and wearables revolutionize supply chains:

1. Productivity

Warehouses can drastically reduce picking errors and search time by equipping workers with smartwatches for hands-free access to context-sensitive information or smart glasses. These Internet of Things (IoT) devices not only scan materials, but also find them faster with digital navigation. Wearables can also improve worker safety by eliminating the need for workers to hold a handheld barcode scanner while handling materials in a potentially hazardous work environment. Workers can also access in-context help videos and best-practice content and even stream their point-of-view to an expert for assistance. AR-enabled remote support delivers tremendous value by enabling video collaboration between technicians in the field and subject experts in remote locations. Such collaboration not only ensures the work is done right, but is also more cost effective.

2. Problem Tracking

Plant managers and manufacturers face lots of issues the plant floor every day. Machine issues, blockages in flows, prioritization of processes and tracking malfunctions. With wearables, managers can access important information and get the most up-to-date data on the work completed. Information can be relayed back to tracking systems using attributes or via your applications deployed on these devices. Management then proactively sends maintenance to fix the issue, reducing downtime and maintaining productivity and efficiency.While technicians fix the machine or parts, management can change work schedules, move jobs or start a new production line.

3. Customer Satisfaction

Real-time data capture and inventory awareness has a monumental impact on operational efficiency, as well as a direct impact on customer satisfaction. Consider how logistics companies, like FedEx, boost customer satisfaction with real-time shipment tracking and alerts. With real-time data capture, problems that could delay a customer&#rsquo;s shipment across the supply chain can be caught and resolved immediately.

Billions of new connected endpoints will radically transform supply chain logistics for the better. However, as the number of internet-connected devices grows, so do potential management challenges. Today&#rsquo;s IoT endpoints need to connect using standard protocols that allow for unified endpoint management (UEM), analytics and security. To successfully deliver this context-sensitive information at the right time and place, each endpoint must easily integrate with existing security investments and enterprise systems, such as ERP, CRM and work order management systems. A UEM approach is essential, particularly for wearable devices that require low-touch enrollment and configuration.

UEM also allows for scalability. Pilots may only involve a small number of devices, but as businesses grow and initiatives change, deployments must easily scale to support a growing and diverse fleet.

Over the next decade, digital technologies within the Industry 4.0 framework will completely transform the supply chain. To make enterprise-ready Industry 4.0 a reality, organizations must invest in a comprehensive UEM solution, such as VMware AirWatch, to increase visibility and security, simplify management and improve operational efficiency through combined tools and processes.

Today&#rsquo;s innovators and early adopters already use AR, wearables, smart sensors, beacons and other connected things (even drones!) to reimagine workflows, transform customer interactions and build new innovations. In the comments below, let us know how your organization leverages these technologies.

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In Top Mobile News: Windows 10 Smartwatches & Android-Supported Laptops

Windows 10 smartwatches come to the enterprise. It&#rsquo;s 1.54 inches, runs Universal Windows Applications, secure and built to &#rsquo;survive a hard day at work,&#rdquo; saidMicrosoft. The TrekStor IoT Wearable runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things. Microsoft will reveal more soon on the smartwatch for healthcare, […]]> Windows 10 smartwatches come to the enterprise.

It&#rsquo;s 1.54 inches, runs Universal Windows Applications, secure and built to &#rsquo;survive a hard day at work,&#rdquo; saidMicrosoft. The TrekStor IoT Wearable runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things. Microsoft will reveal more soon on the smartwatch for healthcare, manufacturing, retail and other industries.

Migrating to Windows 10—everyone&#rsquo;s doing it.

By the end of this year, 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10, according to a newGartnersurvey. The top reason to migrate? Nearly half of respondents said it’s improved security.

You may be putting Office 365 apps at risk.

Mobile application management (MAM) helps you control Microsoft Office 365 apps—but there are limitations to an application-onlysecurity framework. Worried?Find out the risks and more comprehensive solutions here.

Are you thinking what I&#rsquo;m thinking?

Chrome could soon predict what you&#rsquo;re searching for in other Android apps based on the last website you visited in the mobile browser. The &#rsquo;Copyless Paste&#rdquo; feature spotted in development would use machine learning to guess what text you&#rsquo;ll enter next.

Google also updated thelistof Chromebook laptops planned to support Android apps, bumping the total from six to more than 80 devices, reportsThe Verge.

Personal privacy matters to enterprise security, too.

Mobile surveillance is a growing threat to individual privacyandto enterprise data. Bring-your-own (BYO) devices that allow apps to collect personal data, &#rsquo;open the door to corporate hacks, stolen business data and crippling cyber attacks.&#rdquo; Read more fromAppthority President Domingo Guerraon what you can do.

Wonder why workers won&#rsquo;t use the apps you deploy?

Blame it on shorter attention spans. About 7% of users won&#rsquo;t use a new work app for each extra step it takes to get started. So if it takes six extra steps, about 42% of workers won&#rsquo;t use a new app. Read more on theVMware EUC Blog.

Tweet of the Week

Renu Upadhyay, director of product marketing at VMware, on this week&#rsquo;s CMSWire Tweet Jam, &#rsquo;Optimizing the Employee Experience:&#rdquo;

 

 

It&#rsquo;s time for a change of scenery.

This year&#rsquo;s largest VMware event, VMworld, will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for enterprise mobility experts. You’ll hear from Sumit Dhawan, Blake Brannon, Noah Wasmer and other end-user computing (EUC) leaders. Register now for early-bird rates, and get all the details at theAirWatch Blog.

Up next:

  • Join our SociaLab—Introduction to Mobile Device Management (MDM) with AirWatch—May 2 in Houston.
  • &#rsquo;Realize Your Digital Future&#rdquo; May 8–11 atDell EMC Worldin Vegas.
  • Unlock mobility withderived credentials and AirWatchJune 23 online.
  • Don&#rsquo;t miss anexclusive AirWatch experience atVMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas.

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Firefox & Chrome Threats Top This Week’s Mobile News

Beware, Firefox and Chrome users. Wordfence reported this week that Firefox and Chrome web browsers are vulnerable to a new threat that lulls users into providing log-in credentials and personal information on fake look-alike sites. Read how to identity these fake sites and protect your personal and work information via today&#rsquo;s AirWatch blog. Microsoft marches […]]> Beware, Firefox and Chrome users.

Wordfence reported this week that Firefox and Chrome web browsers are vulnerable to a new threat that lulls users into providing log-in credentials and personal information on fake look-alike sites. Read how to identity these fake sites and protect your personal and work information via today&#rsquo;s AirWatch blog.

Microsoft marches along with Windows 10.

Microsoft announced this week that it will target March and September every year for major releases to its Windows 10 operating system (OS). Following last month&#rsquo;s Creators Update, we can look forward to the next major release in September.

The Verge reports that this announcement implies Windows 10 is Microsoft&#rsquo;s go-to OS for the foreseeable future. To learn how Windows 10 impacts your business, check out this great series from our very own Windows 10 team.

How do I look?

According to a new blog on Radius, you might be able to skip the dreaded dressing room soon. Virtual reality headsets could help you try on clothes at your favorite retailer from the comfort (and realistic lighting) of your living room. Read more about this new VR experience and other IoT innovations in retail here.

Free Apple apps for everyone!

Who doesn&#rsquo;t love freebies? On Tuesday, Apple updated three of its most popular iOS and Mac apps—iMovie, GarageBand and iWork suite. Once costing upwards of $20, these apps are now free to users. Macworld argues, however, that there&#rsquo;s no such thing as a free lunch.

Adventures in AirWatch.

Wondering how to easily enroll your company&#rsquo;s iOS fleet in mobility management? Or enable secure per-app VPN? VMware AirWatch&#rsquo;s technical team churned out three how-to blogs to help you make the most of your deployments. Check them out here.

Event horizon.

  • Virtual Event on April 27: Mastering Windows (2.0)
  • Webinar on April 27: NSX-AirWatch Customer Success Story with Vallejo Sanitation
  • On-Demand Events:
    • EUC Insights 2017 AMER
    • EUC Insights 2017 APJ
    • EUC Insights 2017 EMEA
  • &#rsquo;Realize Your Digital Future&#rdquo; May 8-11 at Dell-EMC World in Vegas

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New Browser Security Threat: What You Need to Know

The latest cybersecurity threat to you and your users may just lie on the very browser you are using to read this article. A new attack is making the rounds on both Firefox and Chrome browsers (software details below). The threat uses Unicode to register domains that look completely identical to actual domains. Users can […]]> The latest cybersecurity threat to you and your users may just lie on the very browser you are using to read this article.

A new attack is making the rounds on both Firefox and Chrome browsers (software details below). The threat uses Unicode to register domains that look completely identical to actual domains. Users can be fooled into signing into these fake websites, providing login credentials or other personal information and instantly exposing secure information to the attackers.

A new attack tricks users into logging into seemingly secure, fake websites, exposing secure information to attackers.

This attack is possible due to &#rsquo;Punycode&#rdquo; support in browsers. Punycode makes it possible to register a domain with foreign characters. For example, xn--80ak6aa92e.com shows up as apple.com when launched in a browser. The xn-- prefix is what is known as an ASCII compatible encoding prefix. It lets the browser know that the domain uses Punycode encoding to represent Unicode characters.

Attackers can use the Unicode characters for popular sites and can also obtain SSL certificates for their fake sites, which would then appear as secure (indicated by a green padlock) to users. This affects the current version of Chrome browser, which is version 57.0.2987, and the current version of Firefox, which is version 52.0.2.

For security-conscious organizations, it is imperative to be protected against these types of threats. Deploying a secure browser, such as VMware Browser, helps to safeguard your organization and your employees from unpredictable threats such as this.

[Related: Productivity Apps Spotlight: Updates for VMware Boxer, Content Locker, Browser & Socialcast]

VMware Browser operates similarly to popular browsers such as Chrome and Safari. With a native user experience, users can securely access the information they need on the go. VMware Browser also integrates with secure backend networks to provide users with instant access to corporate web apps and intranet sites without manually connecting to VPN.

Please note: If you are a customer using VMware Browser today, you will not be affected by this threat.

The threat of a cyber attack is an ever-looming topic. Stay informed with cybersecurity news on the AirWatch Blog:

  • How This Company Blocks Over 1,000 Mobile Security Threats Every Month
  • VMware AirWatch Security: Year in Review
  • Trend Alert: The 5 Next Big Things in Mobile Security

 

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3 New AirWatch How To Blogs: Apple DEP Enrollment, Per-App VPN 101 & Android Enterprise

Our amazing technical team here at VMware AirWatch is an incredible wealth of how-to knowledge. They spend every day working with architects, product managers and mobile admins like you to uncover top features, develop best practices and share the knowledge across our community. Over the past month, they did not disappoint. Here are three new […]]> Our amazing technical team here at VMware AirWatch is an incredible wealth of how-to knowledge. They spend every day working with architects, product managers and mobile admins like you to uncover top features, develop best practices and share the knowledge across our community. Over the past month, they did not disappoint.

Here are three new how-to technical blogs to help you make the most of your AirWatch unified endpoint management (UEM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) deployments:

1. Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP): 4 Common iOS Configurations with AirWatch

Solutions architect Robert Terakedis took his readers on what he called the &#rsquo;adventures in enrollment&#rdquo; in this great blog. Follow him down the DEP enrollment rabbit hole to reveal four common DEP enrollment scenarios and his recommended configurations with AirWatch, including:

  • Direct end-user authentication without staging.
  • Agent-based authentication with single-user staging.
  • No end-user authentication with single-user staging.
  • Agent-based authentication with multi-user staging.

Click here to read Robert&#rsquo;s blog.

2. AirWatch 101: Per-App VPN

VMware End-User Computing (EUC) senior solutions architect Shardul Navare joins technical marketers Catherine Sanders and Hannah Jernigan to answer the question: &#rsquo;Why choose per-app VPN?&#rdquo;

Read their great blog and check out the related infographic to dive into the &#rsquo;who, what, when, where, why and how&#rdquo; of per-app tunneling. At the end, you&#rsquo;ll better understand if per-app VPN is right for you and learn more about the implementation framework and configuration next steps.

3. AirWatch Android Enterprise Enhancements

A few weeks ago, we announced exciting enhancements for Android Enterprise with AirWatch. Now, thanks to EUC technical expert Karim Chelouati, you can learn how to enable these powerful Android Enterprise enhancements for your users.

Click here to read Karim&#rsquo;s blog, which describes how you can:

  • Simply and easily enable bring-your-own-device (BYOD) deployments that separate personal and corporate device functions;
  • Configure Android Enterprise settings as the admin;
  • Deploy work apps to your users; and
  • Issue security requirements to the work side of the device, such as passwords, fingerprints or pins.

Find all these fantastic AirWatch how-to and technical blogs—and many more to come—in the new &#rsquo;Mobile&#rdquo; category on our sister site, the VMware EUC Blog. To automatically receive email notifications of new AirWatch technical content posted on the EUC Blog, you can subscribe for free here.

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Windows 10 in Top Mobile News: What Enterprises Need to Know

What&#rsquo;s next for Windows 10 in the enterprise? Tuesday, Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Creators Update, which includes enhanced security features. Next on the agenda: Microsoft is testing the next major Windows 10 update due in 2017, Redstone 3. Now, enterprise IT organizations can test such new builds of Windows 10 Enterprise. That&#rsquo;s because […]]> What&#rsquo;s next for Windows 10 in the enterprise?

Tuesday, Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Creators Update, which includes enhanced security features. Next on the agenda: Microsoft is testing the next major Windows 10 update due in 2017, Redstone 3.

Now, enterprise IT organizations can test such new builds of Windows 10 Enterprise. That&#rsquo;s because Microsoft also recently launched the Windows Insider Program for Business to accelerate enterprise adoption, reports InfoWorld.

Businesses have good reason to adopt Windows 10. Enterprises can save an estimated $515 per employee over three years, according to an updated analysis from Microsoft and Forrester.

+Register for the free virtual event on April 27 from Windows IT Pro: Mastering Windows 10 (2.0).

Watch the State of the AppConfig Community.

It&#rsquo;s been one year since the launch of AppConfig, a community focused on accelerating the adoption of mobile apps in business. Membership has grown from just four to 19 enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers and from 60 to 90 independent software vendors (ISVs). Learn more about what the Community has accomplished in the AppConfig Community Annual Report.

Here&#rsquo;s how you&#rsquo;ll spot the weakest link in your supply chain.

In the not-too-distant future, supply chain managers will quickly solve problems in the field—from transportation models to conveyor belts—without leaving the office. Researchers say augmented reality (AR) could save businesses big money by visualizing complex data right in front of managers&#rsquo; eyes. Read about the possibilities in The Wall Street Journal.

Not every business is a digital business—yet.

Only about 5 percent of companies have digitally transformed, according to a new survey from Enterprise Strategy Group and Dell EMC. SiliconANGLE reports that 12 percent have not or have barely started transforming, and 83 percent still need to invest in or fully implement new technology.

The few that are digitally mature spend more on new projects than maintenance, see more cooperation in IT and are more likely to exceed revenue goals.

What does a digital workspace mean to you?

That&#rsquo;s what we asked attendees during EUC Insights 2017. Hundreds replied. Read some of the responses now on the VMware End-User Computing Blog.

Quote of the Week

&#rsquo;The digital workspace is mobility without limitations.&#rdquo;
—EUC Insights 2017 attendee

Upcoming events:

  • Interactive Hands-on Labs:VMware SociaLabs
  • Webinar on April 18: Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment and VMware AirWatch EMM
  • Webinar on April 19: Explore the Latest AirWatch 9.1 Release
  • Webinar on April 21: Achieve Your Digital Workspace Goals: Episode 3, Your Path to Workspace ONE using Identity Manager
  • Virtual Event on April 27: Mastering Windows (2.0)
  • Webinar on April 27: NSX-AirWatch Customer Success Story with Vallejo Sanitation
  • On-Demand Events:
    • EUC Insights 2017 AMER
    • EUC Insights 2017 APJ
    • EUC Insights 2017 EMEA

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AppConfig Community Membership Soars

During Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, VMware joined forces with several enterprise mobility management (EMM) players to launch the AppConfig Community. Our joint mission was simple: to make enterprise app configuration and security less complicated for developers by expanding the use of OS-native standards. In doing so, we&#rsquo;re collectively accelerating mobile deployments for the […]]> During Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, VMware joined forces with several enterprise mobility management (EMM) players to launch the AppConfig Community. Our joint mission was simple: to make enterprise app configuration and security less complicated for developers by expanding the use of OS-native standards. In doing so, we&#rsquo;re collectively accelerating mobile deployments for the enterprise.

The benefit of using the native operating system (OS) standards of Android and iOS for app configuration and security is that those standards are consistent across EMM solutions and apps, instead of proprietary to a particular EMM or app vendor.

This simplifies things for app developers, who can use one approach across EMM solutions, rather than create separate apps for each. This also reduces costs and simplifies deployment for IT organizations, who can use one approach across the apps they deploy to their end users, rather than separate approaches for each app vendor. Finally, the real winners are the end users, who can enjoy a seamless out-of-the-box experience for the apps that help them get their work done. Now that&#rsquo;s what we call a win-win-win.

The word is spreading. Nick McQuire, vice president of enterprise research at CCS Insight, recently commented:

“The AppConfig Community has brought together many members of the EMM industry to drive developer awareness about the power of native OS standards for app configuration and security. The momentum of the Community since its founding in 2016 is a testament to the value of this open approach for both ISVs and IT organizations.&#rdquo;

One year after launching, the AppConfig Community membership base has grown dramatically:

  • From 60 to 90 independent software vendors (ISVs)
  • From 4 to 19 EMM providers
  • From 160 to more than 1,400 individual developers
  • From 1 to 2 operating systems (including iOS upon launching with expansion to Android in May of 2016)

These metrics and others are detailed in the AppConfig Community Annual Report webcast, available here for your viewing pleasure.

Click here to watch the webcast: AppConfig Community Annual Report.

Ready to join the community? Learn more about the AppConfig Community and download the AppConfig XML schema at appconfig.org.

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