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As Heard at VMworld: Digital Transformation is the Top Search Word on Google


Our HPE Education team is at VMworld and we are encouraged by the emphasis that VMware appears to be placing on… your people! See us at the event - and take a look at our pictures from the show floor, which I've shared further down on the blog post.

23K people are attending this year’s event. All facing a changing technology environment – and this year’s buzz word is “digital” – as in digital platform, digital operating environment, and digital transformation. Which, yes, is reported by Pat Gelsinger as being the top search word on Google this month.

The truth is that every type of business – from insurance to retail drug stores – has moved closer to technology. Every customer-facing part of a business is supported or directly operated by technology, along with product development, manufacturing with embedded IoT – everything is digital. Customer experience programs are common. Heads of customer experience and customer loyalty programs in these businesses are coming out of hi-tech teams. And everything is digital.

Pat points out that this is all happening very quickly, as cloud was “born” in 2006. “Most” are still figuring this out. And, he shared his view, that all of this is just as transformative as the industrial age.

How does this all related to VMware? Pat announced that VMware Cross Cloud Architecture – which is VMware Cloud Foundation together with cross-cloud services – “completes” the software defined data center (SDDC).

I’m not certain that we’re close to “complete” when it comes to SDDC nor cloud. However, as it comes to HPE Education and our mission – this relates to the cloud and digital platform skills that IT teams need to develop. If IDC is correct, that 1 in 3 IT jobs will be cloud jobs by 2020, then there is a large skills gap that needs to be filled. And, we think our cloud instructors and mentoring opportunities are right on target to help.

In case you don’t know – and we’re hearing from our booth team that many people still don’t know – we also offer VMware training from HPE. We are a global VATC which means that our training is fully authorized by VMware, and is the same type of training – but with the added knowledge that our team brings of HPE technologies and platforms.

On Day 2, O’Farrell the VMware CTO continued the cloud theme outlining a vision for containerized apps and management with something called the Photon Platform. NSX still figures prominently, and this is still one of our most popular VMware courses at HPE.

If you’re interested to talk to our team, stop by the HPE booth at VMworld. We’d love to see you and find out what type of skills you might need to prepare for the digital platform of the future.

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