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Ruben's EUC Industry Bento Box - April 2024

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Ruben Spruijt

Bento Box - April 2024

This End User Computing (EUC) Bento Box is a monthly selection of relevant and exciting content curated by yours truly. It is designed to be easily digestible and keep you up to date on the latest trends and developments in the EUC industry!

Inside the bento box, you will find various articles, blog posts, tools, white papers, videos, best practice guides, and more. Each entry includes a summary/description to help you maximize your learning with minimal reading!

So, whether you're an EUC geek, a seasoned professional, or just starting in IT, we're sure the Bento Box has something for everyone. Let's dive in!

Industry News & Insights

  1. What the Hex is EUC?

    EUC Hexagrid 1.0

    Over 12,000 individuals have already explored our EUC Hexagrid and accompanying whitepaper, gaining a comprehensive overview of the End-User Computing (EUC) ecosystem. The Hexagrid Infographic provides a visual outline, while the whitepaper delves into a thorough exploration of the EUC Hexagrid. Both resources offer a unique perspective of the EUC landscape that has not been seen before.

    The EUC Hexagrid is comprised of six main pillars and 26 sub-pillars, cataloging over 226 vendors! The extensive whitepaper also offers insights into the future with spatial computing, digital transformation, and artificial intelligence (AI). It covers key EUC themes, their organizational benefits, the structure of the EUC Hexagrid, and the unique composition and advantages of the EUC ecosystem.

    Click here to grab your copy of the whitepaper and Hexagrid infographic and gain unparalleled insights into the EUC ecosystem!

  2. Advancements in AI: Navigating NPUs, Microsoft Co-Pilot, and the Modern Workspace

    Recent developments have highlighted the synergy between artificial intelligence (AI) and the modern workspace. Intel's confirmation that Microsoft's Co-Pilot AI will soon operate directly on PCs has sparked discussions on the necessity of advanced neural processing units (NPUs) — specialized hardware designed for the efficient processing of neural network computations and AI tasks. The next generation of AI-driven PCs is expected to require at least 40 TOPS (tera operations per second) of NPU performance to handle these complex processes.

    Curious about NPUs? An NPU is a specialized hardware unit designed for efficiently processing the computations required for neural networks and artificial intelligence tasks. An NPU can significantly accelerate machine learning algorithms by working alongside the GPU and CPU, enhancing the performance and efficiency of AI applications in PCs, smartphones to servers. “NPU, the new AI chips explained” provides a deep dive into NPUs and their role in AI advancement.

    Intel Meteor Lake Processor

    A rendering of the Intel Meteor Lake processor die.

    To understand the significant impact of AI on workspaces and the increasing value of NPUs, consider reading these insightful articles:

    In addition to the in-depth discussions highlighted in these articles, for a broader overview of the technological landscape, explore “20+ AI Concepts Explained“ - a comprehensive guide to familiarizing yourself with key AI terms and ideas that are shaping our digital workspaces.

  3. The Parisian Chronicles: Brian Madden's Story of Tech, Travel, and Transformation

    Brian Madden offers captivating insights into the intersection of technology, travel, and industry transformation in a conversation with Elias Khnaser. He presents thought-provoking perspectives on the cloud's evolution in the enterprise world, suggesting that industry giants like Citrix and VMware have not fully embraced cloud-native solutions. In contrast, he highlights a “new guard” of truly cloud-native service providers including Workspot, Inc,, Dizzion Frame, and Cameyo, who are shaping the future without the constraints of legacy systems.

    Watch the insightful conversation:

    Here are some additional industry developments to keep an eye on:

    As the digital landscape continues to shift, developments around key players draw attention. The 'Euro-cloud consortium' confronts Microsoft over licensing practices, posing an ultimatum for change. VMware faces scrutiny as alternatives to its virtualization offerings are explored. Citrix takes a strategic turn with its invitation-only 'Platform' license and faces claims of significant price hikes for partner licenses. These shifts signal intriguing times ahead for the industry.

    Stay informed with the latest discussions and analyses by following these links:

    Interesting times…

  4. Insights from the 6th Annual Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index

    Nutanix's 2024 Enterprise Cloud Index reveals a significant shift toward the adoption of hybrid multi-cloud infrastructures as a standard for enterprises. This transition is fueled by the need for greater flexibility, enhanced data management, and robust security. Protection against ransomware remains a significant concern, with organizations planning to increase investments in safeguarding measures. In tandem with these security efforts, sustainability emerges as a key initiative, prompting companies to modernize IT frameworks to accommodate green practices. The report paints a picture of an enterprise landscape that is actively pursuing more secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible IT solutions.

    Nutanix Cloud Index

    For more detailed insights, visit the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index page.

  5. Exploring Digital Employee Experience (DEX) with Industry Experts

    Gain insights into the growing importance of Digital Employee Experience (DEX) and its transformative impact on today's workplaces through an insightful interview with industry specialists Luke Irvine and Ruben (me) 😊. How is Digital Employee Experience defined, and why does clarity matter for acceptance and implementation?

    • Observations on the current focus: Are businesses increasingly prioritizing DEX in their operations, or are they allocating budgets towards other initiatives?
    • Strategies for Implementation: For organizations ready to embrace DEX, what strategic paths are recommended?
    • Key Features: What key features do you see as essential to those strategic paths?
    • Gaps and Opportunities: Where do current DEX strategies fall short, and what areas need more attention?
    • The Future of DEX: Is the widespread adoption of DEX strategies on the horizon, or will it remain a specialized focus?

    The article linked below is an essential read for those interested in the future of work and DEX's role in improving organizational efficiency and employee satisfaction.


    🎯Read the article

  • Bonus:

    Click here for 10 great storytelling visuals and illustrations that will completely change your mindset about life.

    Distraction Devices

For the Geeks!

  1. OpenAI Speech-to-Speech Reasoning

    The rate at which AI is growing is crazy. Just watch this video:

  2. Dizzion Frame and Developers, the saga

    Andrew Morgan initially expressed skepticism upon encountering the idea of developers utilizing virtual desktops as their primary environment. This skepticism extended to Ruben's demonstration, which involved running virtual machines within a virtual desktop. In an excerpt from his post, Andrew states:

    “Ruben's demo focused on running Virtual Machines within a virtual desktop caused me to scoff and ask, tongue in cheek: 'but what about containers, bro?'”

    Andrew set aside time to explore various .NET concepts, committing himself to develop a containerized architecture and web application. By leveraging .NET 8, Angular, and Docker, and utilizing modern tooling within a virtual desktop hosted in Azure, his goal was to assess whether this setup could offer an engaging and efficient development experience.

    Docker Stack

    Docker stack

    Discover the comprehensive technical details, findings, and conclusions in Andrew's full article on LinkedIn. I'm positive the outcome of the developer use-case with VMs and containers will surprise you.

  3. FRP8 and the Future of DaaS: A Leap Forward with WebRTC Technology

    The “remoting protocol wars” are far from over in the eyes of this industry observer. Contrasts in design, functionality, and the experiences of users and administrators continue to distinguish the offerings from Amazon, Microsoft, Citrix, VMware/Broadcom, and Dizzion Frame. This article dives into those nuances, shedding light on the capabilities of Frame Remoting Protocol 8, including a demonstration of the user experience running Autodesk Software over a 2Mbps, 210ms RTT, 1% packet loss Virtual Desktop scenario. The full article can be found in the link above.

    FRP8 Demo

    Autodesk Revit running in a Frame-powered Virtual Desktop using FRP8

  4. ControlUp Community Radio Episode #3 Welcomes E2EVC Founder, Alex Cooper


    Join us for the third installment of ControlUp Community Radio, where host Douglas Brown sits down with Alex Cooper, the founder of the celebrated Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference (E2EVC). Known for fostering a collaborative space where the brightest minds in End-User Computing (EUC) convene, E2EVC has been pivotal in driving community engagement and knowledge sharing across the industry. In this episode, Alex delves into the inception, evolution, and the community-building spirit of E2EVC. Discover the intricacies behind organizing a leading EUC event, from curating speakers to shaping themes and celebrating achievements. Tune in for an insightful exploration of E2EVC's legacy and Alex's influence in the EUC realm. Don't miss this chance to gain an insider's perspective — listen now!

  5. Is Performance Always Guaranteed on an Azure VM?

    This article from Leee Jeffries of GO-EUC presents a thorough investigation into the reliability of performance in Azure VMs, crucial for End-User Computing (EUC) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) environments. His article examines the variations among VM SKUs and their influence on EUC workloads. Employing specialized testing methods and custom benchmarks, Jeffries offers a data-driven analysis of Azure's performance stability under various conditions. Dive into the comprehensive results and conclusions in the complete article.

  • Bonus:

    A standout session begins with a crystal-clear abstract. Ensure your title grabs attention, your problem statement resonates, and every detail from spelling to product names is spot-on. Structure your abstract to guide attendees through the problem, context, and takeaways, setting the stage for an impactful presentation.

    For step-by-step guidance, check out Tracy van der Schyff's infographic on abstract perfection. Plus, catch NVIDIA's CEO in action during the 2024 Keynote for a masterclass in audience engagement.


    NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang at GTC 2024

Thanks for reading; if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me!

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Ruben Spruijt
Field CTO, Dizzion

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Ruben Spruijt is an accomplished Field Chief Technology Officer (CTO) specializing in End User Computing (EUC). In this influential role, Ruben contributes to company and product strategy, alliances, analyzes EUC technology trends, provides product and industry insights to fellow (executive) colleagues, and establishes and leads vibrant communities of customers, partners, and ecosystem partners. Ruben is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), NVIDIA GRID Community Advisor, and was in the Citrix Technical Professional (CTP) program and VMware vExpert for many years. He is based in the Netherlands where he lives with his wife and three kids. This tough mudder travels the world spreading tokens of knowledge hidden in stroopwafel from the land of nether. Everywhere he travels, he shares information and sprouts understanding. He frames his experience in End User Computing so that others can learn the root of the technology, and what is most important in life.