VMworld 2016: This is my Schedule

Like many of you, I am also looking forward to attending VMworld this year. As I did last year I’ve not filled my schedule completely with sessions. Back to back sessions are difficult to attend because of attention span, so I’d had to make some choices.

This is just a quick post, listing the sessions I have booked for myself, in the hope that it might help someone who hasn’t chosen/finalized their sessions yet. For the last couple of years, my focus has been on SDDC (Software-Defined Datacenter) and Cloud technologies in general and that also reflected a bit in my session selections.

In the evening there are many vendor sponsored parties, including the famous vRockstar at the HardRock Cafe, The Veeam party in Octa and the VMware Benelux Village party of which my employer KPN is Diamond Sponsor.

A complete list of the parties can be found at the vbrain.info site

So, without further ado, here is the list:

Monday, 17th of October 2016

  • Building & Enabling a Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director – a Perspective for Service Providers
  • Route To Market Session – vCloud Network Service Provider Partners
  • How to Respond to the "Bring Your Own Data Center" Trend
  • NSX Operations with vRealize Suite
  • Business Value of Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility
  • The Practical Path to NSX for Partners

Tuesday, 18th of October 2016

  • Build True Hybrid Clouds: See How Service Providers Can Use NSX to Extend Customer On-Premises Data Centers
  • The Power Hour: Deep Dive, DevOps, and New Features of PowerCLI (by Luc Dekens and Alan Renouff)
  • Innovations from Cloudera and VMware for Virtualizing Hadoop
  • Run a Hybrid Application Across VMware and Google Cloud Platform (by Martijn Baecke and Jay Marshall)
  • Seamless Security and Compliance in a Hybrid Cloud Architecture

Wednesday, 19th of October 2016

  • How to Set Up a Multicloud IT Portal to Deploy, Manage, and Control Applications on Private and Public Clouds such as AWS and Azure
  • Designing a Data Center in the Cloud: A vCloud Air Perspective
  • vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive (Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort
  • An IT Architect’s Guide to the Software-Defined Data Center
  • VMware and KPN building a Hybrid Cloud
  • Deploying a Validated Automated VMware Hybrid Cloud

Thursday, 20th of October 2016

  • Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with VMware vCloud Availability
  • VMware Chief Technology Officer Panel – Trends and Futures (Joe Baguley, Shawn Bass,Ray O’Farrell,Paul Strong)
  • Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere: Part 1
  • Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere: Part 2
  • Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation

If you’re new to VMworld, I would advise to keep some time for “Solutions Exchange”, “Hang Space”, Live chats and other things too. I will be blogging/tweeting from the event so it would be great to meet you (my Twitter handle is:@Mind_Judo). Don’t forget to say hi!

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AWS Summit 2016 – The Netherlands

Afgelopen dinsdag waren we vertegenwoordigd met een groot KPN-team op de Summit van AWS in Nieuwegein. Het was voor mij de tweede Amazon Summit dit jaar, maar met ruim 1400 bezoekers deze was weer totaal anders dan de summit van afgelopen Maart. Het begon zoals altijd met een indrukwekkende keynote door Werner Vogels waarin hij sprak over de ontwikkeling van AWS en de vele features die zij bijna wekelijks uitbrengen.


Leuk om te zien (en stiekem toch een beetje trots) dat een Nederlander CTO is bij zo’n global company. Zoals ik al eerder gezien had van Werner weet hij werkelijk waarover hij praat en heeft hij een interessante visie op Cloud en de ontwikkeling van AWS.


Een van de testimonials tijdens de keynote was van Blendle. Jean Mertz (CTO Blendle) sprak over de uitdagingen die zij meemaken in de ontwikkeling van hun product. In Nederland is Blendle redelijk bekend als de pay-per-article digitale krant. Momenteel groeien ze enorm in het buitenland, met name in Duitsland en Amerika. Elke dag zenden zij een nieuwsbrief uit met het meest interessante nieuws voor jou. Ze doen dit voordat je naar je werk gaat, dus er moet een grote load verzonden worden in een vrij korte tijd (800.000 emails onder 2 uur).  O.a. hiervoor maken ze gebruik van technieken van AWS.


Gedurende de dag waren er diverse breakout sessies over Microservices on AWS, Serverless Architecture (functie georiënteerd) en Customer Testimonials. De een was beter dan de ander, maar wel goed om te zien hoe het in de praktijk werkt.


De marketplace stond vol met vendoren en partners van AWS. Van Rackspace (de levering van Managed Diensten) tot CloudMasters (levering van architectuur op AWS). Op de Marketplace sprak ik met AWS gebruikers, andere partners en degenen die partners zouden willen worden. De gesprekken gingen over cloud architecturen en optimale operationele modellen, maar ook de ontwikkelingen van AWS en concurenten. De duidelijke focus onderwerpen voor bijna alle bedrijven: veiligheid, automatisering en managed services.


Een bijzonder hoogtepunt voor ons was het interview door Werner van KPN CFO Jan Kees de Jager over de KPN partnership met AWS, Innovatie, IoT en Cloud. Goed om te zien dat KPN hierin een presence had en onze visie op de Cloud en Digitale Transformatie binnen KPN en andere bedrijven.


In de Closing Notes sprak Werner over de rollen binnen de veranderende techniek en hoe wij hieraan kunnen bijdragen, als KPN, maar zeker als individu.

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Developing Motivated and Engaged Employees

For a few months now I’ve focused on what good leadership is to me and to co-workers and read quite some bit about Emotional Intelligence vs IQ and Mindfulness. I even followed some training on these topics.

The main tools I use to consolidate all my news is Flipboard, so I created a Flipboard Magazine for all feeds regarding that what MindJudo focuses on.

A thing I was looking into is how a good leader motivates people and teams, and what it is that motivates us individually.

I found some interesting articles worth sharing, one in particular I would like to share with you on the Psychological Needs to Developing Motivated and Engaged Employees, so here it is:

How people are motivated

Definitions on motivation vary widely, with elements including commitment, goal alignment, enjoyment, and performance, just to name a few. Despite the fuzziness surrounding employee engagement, organizations spend more each year trying to solve the puzzle of developing a motivated and engaged workforce. It’s clearly a complex issue that seems to get more complicated by the day.

Focusing on the Basics

Trust is the foundation of any successful, healthy, thriving relationship and it’s essential to your success as a leader. The Great Place to Work Institute has documented that committed and engaged employees who trust their management perform 20% better and are 87% less likely to leave the organization. What does that mean for leaders? To a large extent, the way you lead your people has a dramatic impact on their level of engagement on the job.

Three Psychological Needs

Autonomy, relatedness, and competence are three of the main factors that shape a person’s motivation and the level of trust you have in the relationships with your team members has a direct influence on the quality of each.

Competence – People have an innate desire to continually develop competence in their skills, talents, and abilities. Continuous growth and learning is critical to help people address the challenges and obstacles that come their way, and neglecting to develop the talents of your people is akin to leadership malpractice. Trust is also a competence that leaders develop; it doesn’t “just happen.” When leaders don’t establish high-trust relationships, their people feel unsafe and uncertain in their roles. They don’t take measured risks, innovate, or express their creativity. They hold back, withdraw, and begin to doubt their own competence. People who feel a lack of confidence in their competence are ill-quipped to handle workplace challenges. They quickly become overwhelmed and give up, while those who feel strong in their competence are able to flexibly adapt to changing business conditions.

Relatedness – We are hardwired to have interpersonal connections with other people to one degree or another. Your people are much more than worker drones showing up to do a job for eight hours. They are complex, rich, dynamic people with amazing life stories and the relationships they have at work are primary threads in the tapestry of their lives. When it comes to trust, there are two layers of relatedness: proximal and distal. Proximal trust is the trust you have in your relationships with your immediate boss and co-workers, and distal trust is the trust you have with your boss’s boss or those at even higher levels.

A primary way to foster trust with your people (in both proximal and distal contexts) is demonstrating care and concern for relationships. Praise, recognition, and building personal rapport are all great steps in building trust. Also, make the effort to share more information about yourself and the organization to increase transparency and authenticity with your team. The Johari Window (below) is a helpful model that illustrates how you can improve communication and build trust with others by disclosing information about yourself.


Autonomy – Most people think distrust is the opposite of trust but it’s not—the opposite of trust is control. Leaders who compulsively try to maintain control erode their team members’ sense of autonomy and squash their sense of motivation. It’s human nature to desire independence and to feel in control of our lives. That desire doesn’t stop at the office door. You can develop peoples’ autonomy by helping them be clear on the goals they have to achieve and the boundaries they’re operating within and then giving them the authority and responsibility to get the job done the way they see fit. As much as possible, engage them in designing the work systems, creating the metrics used to manage their work, and evaluating the quality of everything they produce. When people are in control of achieving the goal they take more ownership and use their discretionary energy to help the organization succeed. Helping employees develop autonomy is not “letting the inmates run the asylum.” It’s giving them the space and freedom within defined boundaries to manage their work with an ownership mentality.

Trust and motivation work hand in hand. Leaders who develop high levels of trust foster an environment where an employees’ autonomy, relatedness, and competence are allowed to flourish.

Source: MindJudo op Flipboard

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This Curse-Laden Guided Meditation Will Help You Give Fewer F*cks

In a perfect world, meditation is all soft smiles, cooing voices, perfect posture, and no flinching. Heck, in a perfect world, you probably wouldn’t even need meditation.But this is the real world, people—and to deal with it, you may need something a bit more…aggressive.

Introducing F*ck That Meditation, a unique alternative to traditional mindfulness that embraces the F-bomb and other curse words as a cathartic release. Short-filmmaker Jason Headley created his own guided meditation around the concept, featuring phrases like “Just feel the fucking nonsense float away” and “With each breath, feel your body saying f*ck that.”

(Heads up: Things get a bit more graphic halfway into the video, so you may wanna plug in your headphones.)

Seems ironic, even counterproductive, to use profanity as a source of purification, right? But check this: “A swearing type of meditation can be an absolutely wonderful release,” says global meditation expert and life coach Tom Cronin. “When you have emotional toxins in your system, you need to expend that negative energy to get them out. They won’t just go away on their own. Curse words are, by nature, vigorous, angry words. Saying or even shouting them can clear the anger.”

Source: This Curse-Laden Guided Meditation Will Help You Give Fewer F*cks | Womans Health Magazine

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NLVMUG UserCON recap




Ook dit jaar was er weer een UserCON vanuit de VMware User Group community in Nederland. Net als andere jaren weer gehost in 1931 in Den Bosch.Nadat vorig jaar al bekend was geworden dat NLVMUG het grootste VMware UserCON in de wereld was geworden, leek het alleen maar meer mensen aan te trekken met inschrijvingen richting de 1100 deelnemers. Een groot succes dus voor de organisatie.



De opening Keynote was dit jaar in handen van Kit Colbert, Vice President en CTO van VMware voor Cloud Native Apps. Kit sprak in zijn keynote over de toekomst van IT met de opkomst van Microservices en container infrastructuren. Zijn kijk op hoe een gemiddelde IT-er van traditionele IT naar een DevOps manier van denken en werken zal gaan was hierbij zeker interessant.


Na de keynote was het mogelijk om verschillende sessie bij te wonen op het gebied van SDDC. Zo waren er sessies op het gebied van Automation (vRealize 7 is onlangs uitgekomen), Workspace (met VMware Workspace ONE) en uiteraard Containers. Het leuke van een UserCON is dat een groot gedeelte van de content ook echt uit de community komt. Een van de sessies op de VMUG heeft zelfs zijn vuurdoop gehad bij KPN in de afgelopen SDDC avond, exact 1 dag voor de NLVMUG.


Omdat het in Den Bosch is en de innerlijke mens ook versnaperingen nodig had werd ook op de marketplace hieraan gedacht.



De after-the-break keynote was dit jaar in handen van Google. Leuk om te zien dat VMware ook de mogelijkheden biedt aan concurrerende platformen en diensten. Jay Marshall (Chief Cloud Platform Engineer) van Google sprak over de ontwikkelingen van Google in het gebied van Cloud en hoe Google omgaat met de enorme hoeveelheden aan data die zij op dagelijkse basis verwerken. De focus hierbij lag vooral op disruptive en het snel kunnen ontwikkelen en publiceren van codes voor hun diensten.


Een van de diensten waar VMware op dit moment een enorme ontwikkeling in ziet is vSAN, waarbij er een stuk van de storage aan de voorkant van de server wordt geregeld, in plaats van op de backend. Hierdoor is het mogelijk om nog sneller, nog meer capaciteit aan te bieden en hiermee overhead van IOPS uit te sluiten. Duncan Epping, Chief Technologist van VMware, sprak hierover in mijn laatste sessie van de dag. Duncan is vanaf het begin betrokken geweest bij de ontwikkeling van dit product en kan hier vanuit zijn ervaring makkelijk de praktijk-link leggen naar klanten.

Als ik terugkijk op gister denk ik dat het een super geslaagd evenement is. De jongens zijn er weer in geslaagd een verbetering door te voeren in kwaliteit en dat zie je echt. Ik ben in het afgelopen jaar een aantal usergroup events geweest (in binnen- en buitenland), maar ik ben er nog geen tegen gekomen van deze opzet en formaat. Well done!

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