This best practices guide provides instructions for delivering Microsoft Office 2016 to managed macOS devices using the VMware AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management™ Product Provisioning feature. For a complex and nonstandard application such as Microsoft Office 2016, Product Provisioning serves as an alternative to the standard practice of installing the application directly on a device.

The procedures in this guide do not apply to a specific macOS-based hardware model or to a particular VMware AirWatch deployment model. The instructions provide guidance, but do not represent strict design requirements.


This white paper provides configuration guidelines for provisioning Microsoft Office 2016 as a product to employees on managed macOS devices.

Use the procedure outlined in this paper in any of the following ways:

  • Learn how to provision Microsoft Office 2016 to macOS devices.
  • Customize the provided configurations to address Microsoft Office 2016 use cases not covered in this paper.
  • Use the provided configurations as a framework for identifying and provisioning other complex applications.

To find out more, download the whitepaper now.

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Transforming Data Management

Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2), the latest generation of the world’s most popular database, is now available in the cloud, with Oracle Cloud at Customer, and on-premises. It provides businesses of all sizes with access to the world’s fastest, most scalable and reliable database technology in a cost effective and flexible hybrid cloud environment. 12.2 can seamlessly scale from entry-level to the largest database workloads, enabling customers to take advantage of proven enterprise class capabilities to run database development, small to mid-sized business applications, and departmental and large mission-critical applications in the Cloud and/or on-premises.

The Information Technology (IT) industry continues to introduce innovations that promise faster access to enterprise information, deliver more insightful analysis, and take advantage of the agility and flexibility of the Cloud. Data is the lifeblood of every business, and to help customers transform the access and value of enterprise data, 12.2 introduces new and enhanced functionality, particularly in these three areas: Continue reading “Transforming Data Management”

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Using Strategic IT for Competitive Advantage

We are living in a digital economy. In order to remain competitive, companies know they must invest in IT. But that knowledge is not enough; they also must know where those investments should be made. Simply investing more in existing IT tactics is not sufficient. Enterprise technology has gone through a major shift, and understanding that shift is a prerequisite for a winning game plan.

Consider the case of cloud computing. The first step in cloud adoption is generally the migration of an existing system. By doing this, businesses can learn several lessons about operating in a cloud environment—integration, application monitoring, data security—but at the end of the day, most companies are simply running old IT systems on new models. For true competitive advantage, a cutting-edge approach involves redesign of both systems and workflow, requiring a different set of investments in technology and skills.

To fully appreciate this approach, companies must ask some basic questions. How is today’s IT different from an organizational perspective? Which driving factors are contributing to the flood of new technology trends? What are the behaviors that stem from this fundamental IT change? And, ultimately, what steps should a company take to move forward? Any focus on individual tools such as cloud computing or Internet of Things or artificial intelligence may solve a short-term problem, but the answers to these central questions will give businesses the knowledge and ability to thrive in the long term. Continue reading “Using Strategic IT for Competitive Advantage”

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Managing and Monitoring Apache Kafka® with Hortonworks Streams Messaging Manager

With the growth of Kafka adoption in all major streaming initiatives across large organizations, the operational and visibility challenges associated with Kafka are on the rise as well. Kafka users want better visibility in understanding what is going on in the cluster across the four key entities in Kafka: producers, topics, brokers, and consumers.

Different personas in the organization have different challenges with Kafka. For a platform operations team, it is the lack of visibility at a cluster and broker level and the effects of the broker on the infrastructure it runs on and vice versa. While for a DevOps/App team, they want to know how data flows between the four entities and understand the key performance metrics (KPMs) of these entities. For the governance and security teams, the questions revolve around chain of custody, audit, metadata, access control and lineage. SMM caters to all these diverse needs across different personas. Continue reading “Managing and Monitoring Apache Kafka® with Hortonworks Streams Messaging Manager”

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Introducing Windows Server 2016

Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed you that have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or at very least you have seen it from afar! This book introduces you to Windows Server 2016, which is the next version of Windows Server. No matter what your area of expertise, this book will introduce you to the latest developments in Windows Server 2016.

Each chapter has been written by either field experts or members of the product group, giving you the latest information on every improvement or new feature that is included in this version of Windows Server. This information will help you to prepare for Windows Server 2016 and give you the means to develop and design a path to introduce Windows Server 2016 into your environment and take full advantage of what is to come. This book is being written at a time when the product is still evolving, and it should be noted that things might change or not appear in the final version of Windows Server 2016 when released. All guidance in the chapters is meant to be tried and evaluated in a test environment; you should not implement it in a production environment. Continue reading “Introducing Windows Server 2016”

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