Fundamental Case Study: VMware, Inc. (VMW)

Globalist | August 16, 2019

VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) seems to be forming a pattern of major movements, providing only some crumbs of outlook for market participants trying to figure out its next move. Now trading with a market value of 58.68B, the company has a mix of catalysts and obstacles that spring from the nature of its operations. As the day-to-day narrative ebbs and flows for this company, it is more important than ever to step back and get a bird’s eye view of the fundamental reality under the surface of this story. It’s generally a good idea to start with the most fundamental piece of the picture: the balance sheet. The balance sheet health of any company plays a key role in its ability to meet its obligations and maintain the faith of its investment base.

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Virtual Machine Manager opens up abundant possibilities. You can set up and run various virtual machines, including Windows, Linux, or Virtual DSM, on one Synology NAS. What's more, you can also test a new software version in a sandbox environment, isolate your customers' machines, or increase the flexibility of your server.

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Virtual Machine Manager opens up abundant possibilities. You can set up and run various virtual machines, including Windows, Linux, or Virtual DSM, on one Synology NAS. What's more, you can also test a new software version in a sandbox environment, isolate your customers' machines, or increase the flexibility of your server.

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Identity Orchestration Company, Strata Identity Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Strata Identity | January 04, 2023

Strata Identity, a company that provides identity orchestration services, has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a global organization focused on promoting best practices for secure cloud computing. Strata Identity will work with CSA members on projects related to the open source IDQL Standard and identity orchestration. The open source IDQL Standard and identity orchestration are two ways that Strata Identity is working to make cloud computing safer. Strata Identity's platform allows incompatible cloud identity systems to work together, allowing customers to unify access policies and governance. The company is also a founding member of Hexa, an open source identity federation software, and the IDQL Standard for policy orchestration. Strata Identity wants to make cloud computing safe for its customers by helping them bring their access policies and governance together. "Lack of interoperability between individual cloud identity platforms and their legacy on-premises brethren is holding back app modernization and cloud migration projects. We look forward to collaborating with the CSA’s extensive community of vendors, enterprises, and industry influencers to advance open standards for cloud identity orchestration." Eric Olden, CEO of Strata Identity Eric Olden, CEO of Strata Identity, said the company is looking forward to collaborating with the CSA to advance open standards for cloud identity orchestration. The CEO of the CSA, Jim Reavis, said that Strata Identity's expertise in multi-cloud identity orchestration will help CSA members deal with problems related to app modernization. Strata Identity is going to work with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) to help advance open standards for cloud identity orchestration. About Strata Identity Strata Identity has made a name for itself as the leader in identity orchestration for hybrid and multi-cloud environments with its innovative Maverics platform. This recipe-driven solution enables organizations to integrate and manage even the most incompatible identity systems while preserving a consistent user experience. By separating applications from identity, Maverics makes it possible to use modern authentication methods like password-less login and enforce consistent access policies without having to spend a lot of money refactoring source code.

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VMware SASE and SD-WAN Helps Organizations Take a Holistic Approach to Networking and Security

Frost & Sullivan | November 01, 2022

The last two years accelerated Information Technology (IT) trends that were already underway: rapid increase in the adoption of cloud, multi-cloud, and internet of things (IoT); a smarter edge for use cases such as modern retail, healthcare, and manufacturing; and a distributed workforce, where employees can be anywhere. Software-defined (SD) WAN technology eliminates the traditional WAN connectivity challenges associated with distributed enterprise applications and IoT devices that held back this acceleration. The need to more securely connect distributed users to cloud-based applications is driving the adoption for software-defined, cloud-delivered security. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) combines the flexibility of SD-WAN technology with a full suite of security services it delivers from the cloud. SASE points of presence (PoPs) provide networking and security functions closer to the user, enabling fast and more secure access Frost & Sullivan's latest white paper, As Edge Computing Gains Traction, the Business Case for SASE is Stronger than Ever, explores how market trends highlight the demand for the cloud-delivered networking, compute, and security architecture that SASE delivers. As public cloud adoption levels continue to increase post-pandemic due to hybrid and multi-cloud configurations, businesses should: Integrate edge computing as part of hybrid cloud architecture to optimize and more securely connect edge locations back to data centers and cloud-hosted applications. Implement hybrid and multi-cloud configurations to become more distributed and easily build, deploy, and continually optimize app delivery, for a more competitive edge. Support hybrid work trends and optimize user connectivity to cloud-based applications. Auto apply security conditions to users accessing enterprise applications based on the user identity and the context to mitigate risks and protect digital assets. VMware SASE is an example of the right way to secure and speed access in this distributed landscape through cloud-delivered SD-WAN Edge devices, Gateways, SASE Orchestrator, Edge Network Intelligence™, and Edge Compute Stack. The global network of scalable VMware SASE PoPs delivers apps to users reliably, quickly, and more securely over a single management interface. The VMware SASE product family delivers enterprise agility through a cloud-first open architecture, superior digital experience with rock-solid SD-WAN connectivity, security based on zero-trust principles, and operational simplicity with vendor-agnostic Artificial Intelligence for Operations that can help predict and prevent problems before they occur. About Frost & Sullivan For six decades, Frost & Sullivan has been world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success.

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Remote Work is Here to Stay and Canadian Companies That Offer It Have Competitive Edge

globenewswire | December 16, 2022

Remote work is here to stay and employers offering it have a competitive edge when it comes to retaining and recruiting employees, according to a survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. Three-quarters of businesses (76%) that have offered remote work since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic say they are continuing to allow their employees to work remotely. The most cited reason is to help attract and retain employees (66%). Nearly half of employers (49%) say remote work has had a positive impact on their company as a whole, while only 15% say it has had a negative impact, and the remainder say it has had no impact at all. What’s more, a plurality of employers (46%) say remote work has not impacted employee productivity compared to when they were in the company’s physical workspace. Nearly a quarter of companies (22%) reported their employees became more productive, though one-third (32%) of companies say their employees became less productive with remote work. The ability to work remotely has become a basic requirement for an employer to stay competitive in many industries, according to Hanif Hemani, an Express franchise owner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “Quite simply the ‘genie is out of the bottle’ and most employers have offered and continue to offer work from home options,” said Hemani. “Remote work isn’t going anywhere and, in fact, employers are using this flexibility as a recruitment strategy.” Hemani says hybrid work weeks have become the most popular remote work model. “Most businesses are electing a hybrid model requiring employees to be in the office for a set number of days,” he said. “Typically, I am finding that the 3 consecutive days in office is a popular and good option, as all employees are available for face-to-face meetings on one set day of the week.” There are some potential drawbacks to remote work. “Recent insights from some large surveys have warned that remote work can stifle innovation, as employees tend to interact (remotely) with only the same group of people, and cross divisional collaboration and cross pollination of ideas can become less frequent as innovation can often occur from in-person ‘watercooler’ interactions,” said Hemani. “Remote work can also cause a disconnect between employees and their managers which can lead to problems down the road.” But there are also many benefits to offering remote work. “Remote work is popular and desired by many employees, and if employees are happier, this should lead to better engagement, which can lead to better productivity,” he said. “If employees are more engaged and more productive then the employer will benefit. In addition, if employees are more satisfied, they will be less likely to leave which will save companies time and money not having to deal with turnover and recruitment.” When, and if, the country’s labour shortages ease, it remains to be seen if fully remote or hybrid workplace options are as prevalent,” Express Employment Professionals CEO Bill Stoller. “As long as productivity doesn’t suffer, offering a remote work option for employees has many benefits and is a popular incentive shaping many companies’ cultures right now,” he added. “While this arrangement may not be feasible for everyone, competition for top talent is still fierce, so it may be worth a try.” About Bill Stoller William H. "Bill" Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international staffing franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and related brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. About Express Employment Professionals At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 586,000 people globally in 2021 and 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com/CA.

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