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Ruben's EUC Industry Bento Box - May 2024

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Ruben Spruijt

Bento Box - May 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. It's Springtime for AI! Brian Madden's Dutch VMUG Keynote

    In his keynote, Brian shared his mixed feelings about AI—his fascination with technology, tempered by a fear of having "missed the train." He worries that AI has progressed so rapidly that he might not be able to catch up, regardless of his efforts to learn. However, Brian offers a hopeful perspective with his "seasons" model of a career, which views different periods as spring, summer, fall, and winter, reflecting one's evolving engagement with technology. Encouragingly, he suggests that AI is still in its 'spring' phase—fresh and burgeoning, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to explore and grow together.

    If there is one video to watch or article to read in this month Bento Box, it is Brian's session. He is a master in storytelling, his impromptu comedy classes, deep knowledge about EUC and energizing interest in AI mix very well together in this excellent session. The content isn't only technical but also can be applied to personal life, careers, product portfolio, Lifecyle of companies etc. A great watch!

    Brian Madden's Dutch VMUG Keyonte

  2. Ted Talk: What is an AI anyway? By Mustafa Suleyman, CEO of Microsoft AI

    In this thoughtful talk, Mustafa Suleyman discusses how AI has grown from a little-known technology to a major force that could change how we live. He shares a story about his young nephew asking, "What is AI?", which shows how complex and significant AI really is. Mustafa suggests thinking of AI as a "digital species," meaning it's more than just a tool—it's a kind of partner that could help shape our future. Mustafa also talks about the importance of carefully managing AI development to make the most of its benefits while avoiding risks, like machines acting on their own without human guidance. He emphasizes that AI holds incredible potential to improve different areas like healthcare and education but stresses the need to approach its development thoughtfully to ensure it benefits everyone. This perspective on AI challenges us to think deeply about how it fits into our world and our future.

    For more insights, this engaging and brief video can be accessed above. Additionally, consider exploring further discussions on AI, including the implications of regulation in “Law prof predicts generative AI will die at the hands of watchdogs” and the findings of the “2024 AI Index Report” from Stanford University.

    Mustafa Suleyman - Ted Talk

  3. You're Not Guaranteed a Spot on the Team by David Heinemeier Hansson, CTO of 37signals

    The notion that a workplace is "like family" is often misleading and used by management to demand excessive dedication without equivalent commitment in return. Instead, a more fitting analogy is that of a professional sports team, as suggested by Netflix. In such a team, each member must continually earn their spot by meeting the team's standards. This setup acknowledges that not everyone can maintain their position if they fail to meet these standards, reflecting a more honest and performance-oriented approach. Workplaces should strive for a balance of being enjoyable and rewarding without the familial expectation, recognizing that everyone has different capabilities and fits, much like players in different divisions of a sport.

    For further reading on this topic, David's blog post offers insightful perspectives. You can also delve into related discussions in his article, "Enough problems to go around."

  4. How ASML took over the chipmaking chessboard with ASML CTO Martin van den Brink

    At the SPIE Advanced Lithography and Patterning Conference in San Jose, industry leaders gathered to honor Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and discuss the future of chip technology. Martin van den Brink, CTO of ASML, emphasized the company's role in sustaining Moore's Law through advancements in lithography technologies such as EUV. He compared the exponential growth in transistor density to the rice and chessboard problem, highlighting the relentless push to meet increasing computational demands. ASML's innovations continue to drive the semiconductor industry, ensuring the ongoing relevance of Moore's Law in the face of new challenges. MIT Technology Review engaged in a conversation with the departing CTO Martin van den Brink to discuss ASML's ascent to industry leadership and the ongoing relevance of Moore's Law the complete interview linked above.


  5. Google Cloud Next '24 keynote in under 14 minutes

    At Google Cloud Next 2024, Google announced significant advancements in their cloud and AI technologies, including over a thousand product updates since the last event. A major highlight was the introduction of the Gemini 1.5 Pro model, which dramatically improves AI performance and understanding of complex information, beneficial for industries like healthcare and finance. Google also unveiled enhancements in hardware, such as new GPU capabilities and a custom CPU for data centers. They showcased the integration of AI across Google Workspace with new features aimed at increasing productivity and security. Key partnerships and customer applications, such as those by McDonald's and Goldman Sachs, demonstrated the practical uses of Google's AI innovations. The conference emphasized Google's commitment to driving the future of cloud computing with powerful, generative AI tools and a robust infrastructure to support them. For a detailed summary of the keynote, click the link above.

For the Geeks!

  1. Zero Trust- Dope or Nope.

    Sami Laiho, a fellow Microsoft MVP, delves into the essence and application of the zero trust security model, stressing the importance of understanding the concept over specific products. With a humorous yet informative approach, he explains zero trust is not a product but a strategy that involves verifying everything and assuming breach, which leads to significant security improvements when applied correctly. Drawing from his extensive experience and real-world examples, Sami emphasizes that zero trust, despite being an old term, remains profoundly relevant in today's security landscape. He advocates for its positive framing—shifting from a restrictive to an enabling viewpoint to win over stakeholders, highlighting that security is not only about prevention but enabling secure and efficient work environments anywhere, akin to Starbucks or the office. Sami's engaging session is shared in this month's Bento Box for its valuable insights and entertaining delivery.

    Sami Lio, a fellow Microsoft MVP - Zero Trust, Dope or Nope

    Sami Lio, a fellow Microsoft MVP - Zero Trust, Dope or Nope
  2. Proxmox vs ESXi in 2024 Pros and Cons by Brandon Lee

    This article provides a detailed comparison of Proxmox vs VMware ESXi in 2024: This guide examines the advantages and disadvantages of these virtualization technologies to assist you in choosing the right option for your home lab or professional environment. Since Brandon Lee's last review, the virtualization landscape has experienced significant changes that everyone has seen - VMware and Broadcom. The impending acquisition of VMware by Broadcom has introduced uncertainties that impact VMware customers and home lab users alike. This article will evaluate Proxmox and ESXi, taking into account the recent industry shifts, to help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each platform. The full, detailed article is linked above. If you are looking for a detailed feature overview of ProxMox 8.2, check out this article.

    Proxmox vs ESXi

  3. Uncover the Performance Impact of Microsoft Teams 2.0 by Blair Parkhill and Leee Jeffries, Login VSI

    As the transition from classic Microsoft Teams to the new Microsoft Teams v2 unfolds, recent studies have uncovered potential issues with resource consumption in both VDI and DaaS environments, affecting scenarios with and without offloading. If you're keen to learn about the implications of Teams 2.0 and Azure Virtual Desktop, this webinar is essential viewing. Challenges are on the horizon with the introduction of Teams v2, and they're not to be overlooked. Join Blair Parkhill and Leee Jeffries at Login VSI, for an enlightening session that will help you navigate these changes. Secure your spot now to ensure you're prepared to optimize your Teams experience by clicking the link above.

  4. Azure Diagrams

    For those of you frequently tasked with creating Azure diagrams, check out this fantastic resource: Azure Diagrams. It's an excellent tool for quickly and easily designing Azure architecture. The Architecture Advisor feature allows you to create diagrams collaboratively, offering advice on integrating services and their optimal use in your architecture.

    • Build architecture diagrams interactively
    • Receive feedback and suggestions on design and integration
    • Compare services for similar tasks and use cases
    • Explore example use cases and scenarios

    Thanks to Shane Ochotny, Harsha Konduri, and Bret Myers, for creating amazing tool.

    Azure Diagrams

  5. Announcing General Availability of Frame App 7: Elevate Your Desktop Experience by Yangzhi Zhao, VP of Product at Dizzion

    Three years ago, we launched Frame App to enhance our browser-based Dizzion Frame with features like better USB support and secure browsing. As browsers improved, we integrated more features like multi-monitor support directly into the browser. However, Frame App is still necessary for advanced USB device compatibility and secure, restricted browser environments. We're excited about the new Frame App 7, now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It's built with the Electron Framework for greater stability and includes features like Google Sign-In and improved USB device connectivity. Frame App 7 also sports a fresh design, a true full-screen mode, automatic activation of cameras and microphones, and new troubleshooting tools. More updates and integrations are on the way, so stay tuned!. Frame App 7 also is available in the IGEL OS 12 App store, included in the UniCon eLux 7 GA and Stratodesk software. Click the link above to read the full article.

    Frame App 7 running on macOS

    Frame App 7 running on macOS

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.