Editor’s note: Connect Atlanta 2016 has come and gone, but you can relive all the announcements and tech excitement from your desk anytime. Watch all the Connect Atlanta keynotes on demand here.
It’s the official opening day of our fifth Connect Atlanta, and I am delighted to finally reveal the many product updates we’ve been working hard to perfect at VMware AirWatch. Here are my top 10 favorite moments so far at Connect.
1. First, I had the pleasure and the honor of kicking off this year’s Connect keynote and introducing my boss, Sanjay Poonen, head of VMware End-User Computing. In case you missed it, I shared some incredible numbers on just how far AirWatch has come, like the fact that more than 63,000 customers around the world use AirWatch, and 17,000 AirWatch accreditations have been earned since 2014.
2. Next, Sanjay outlined our digital workspace vision, including the power of VMware Workspace ONE —any app, any device. Sanjay also welcomed on stage Senthil Krishnapillai of SAP, Kevin Gilroy of Samsung, Steve Lalla of Dell and Sue Harris of Boeing to discuss each of their partnerships with AirWatch and their personal stories of digital transformation.
3. We introduced AirWatch 9.0, our unified endpoint management (UEM) solution, available today. Both AirWatch and Workspace ONE customers will gain new ways to manage Windows and benefit from streamlined Android, iOS and macOS deployments.
4. I’m also proud to say AirWatch officially supports Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR) endpoints. Blake Brannon and Sumit Dhawan followed up Sanjay’s keynote with that incredible news. We’ve partnered with industry leaders to accelerate IoT in the enterprise, and we’ve expanded AirWatch UEM to include wearable management capabilities. It’s evident that these new technologies will quickly emerge in the enterprise very soon.
5. Blake even live tweeted his view of the audience at the keynote using Microsoft HoloLens. Can you spot the zombies?
— Blake Brannon (@blakebrannon) October 4, 2016
6. Speaking of wearables, these futuristic technologies are finally ready for work—I saw it with my own eyes. This year, we have more than 60 exhibitors at the Mobility Expo, including makers of smart glasses and mixed reality devices. Smart glasses, like those on display from Recon Jet Pro and Skylight by APX Labs, are going to help manufacturers and employees in the field work hands-free while viewing instructions and data and make live “see-what-I-see” video calls. How much more would you love your work wearing something like this?
7. I met the founder of Yahoo Tech today, and this guy is the coolest. David Pogue has been writing about technology for nearly 30 years, and it showed in his keynote on our unrecognizable, new world of tech. David took us through our crazy new culture of sensors, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, real-time communication and on-demand services. David showed us that even the weirdest new gadgets and biggest tech flubs are just part of the grand innovation process.
8. I’m so excited to see the announcement today that AirWatch officially launched a new, free mobile device management (MDM) migration tool. In my own experiences with customers, I’ve seen the challenges of quickly moving data and un-enrolling and enrolling devices for thousands of users. So I’m thrilled to provide our customers with yet another innovative solution to accelerate their mobile strategies.
9. In other news, our popular email app, VMware Boxer, will soon support Apple Watch users! When you open Boxer on the Apple Watch you will see all of your emails, events and contacts. You can scroll through your schedule for the day, click on an event to see details and dial into meetings directly from the app. When a meeting is about to start, a notification will pop up on your Apple Watch with all the details, and you can even initiate a call here without opening the app.
10. Finally, our Women in Tech panel, Breaking the Glass, discussed the transformative ways that we can build more inclusive workplaces. My favorite pieces of advice: Anyone can be a leader right where they are, and we need to take advantage of technology to create work-life balance in our lives. Thank you to everyone in the room that participated in this essential discussion.
As Sumit and Blake said on stage, that’s not all. Stay tuned for more announcements from Connect Atlanta tomorrow.