The enterprise software market is not that different than the real estate
market - where you are positioned in the market is everything.
In the nerdier-than-thou Bay Area, moving from VMware to BMC is not the most
obvious move, so here are some of my thoughts on my decision.
At this point, I have started 2 companies (Persistence, Medaid), gone public
once (PRSW - never again!), sold 3 companies (Persistence, WaveMaker,
Reportive) and led one spinout (Pivotal).
Figuring out what to do next was a challenge.
I had always felt that in evaluating a job, team comes first and opportunity
comes second (or in Jim Collins-speak, first who, then what).
When I was first introduced to BMC, I spoke to Eric Yau and was impressed by
his vision about transforming BMC — I felt it was very similar to the
transformation project I had worked on at VMware. As I met with other BMC
executives, I... (more)
Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog
Ben Worthen of the Wall Street Journal recently posted an entry about Web 2.0
adoption. He cited a Forrester survey that concluded Enterprise Web 2.0
solutions would gain broad adoption in 2008 despite clear CIO resistance to
the siren call of blogs and wikis.
As a strong proponent of Web 2.0 in the enterprise, we at WaveMaker want very
much to see a rapid adoption of these technologies at the corporate level. On
the other hand, wishing won't make it so - the grab-bag of technologies and
ideas that constitute Web 2.0 are bound to confuse the IT commu... (more)
ZapThink just produced a good report on the state of Web 2.0 tools entitled
"Evolution of the Rich Internet Applcation Market." In the report, Jason
Bloomberg and Ron Schmelzer of Zapthink highlight a critical gap in most RIA
solutions: the inability to access data from within the UI. They then point
to this as a major source of competitive advantage for Adobe: "Adobe stands
alone as the only vendor who offers a commercial, RIA-specific data access
product." It is probably not completely fair to expect Zapthink to include in
last week's report a product that was released last wee... (more)
Cloud computing offers significant economies in deploying and managing
applications. While enterprises are not yet ready to move mission-critical
applications to cloud computing, CIOs and CTOs are increasingly wanting to
create applications that are "cloud-ready."
A cloud-ready application is based on an architecture which provides the
flexibility to deploy the application to either a traditional data center or
into a private or public cloud infrastructure. This flexibility ensures that
enterprises can take advantage of cloud computing benefits whenever they
Being cloud-r... (more)
It is amazing how many open source software companies out there are trying to
get hit by the same $1B bolt of lightning that hit MySQL without realizing
that the MySQL result is not repeatable.
Looking at the current batch of big data high flyers, from TenGen to Cloudera
to Hortonworks, each seems to be vying for the same kind of ubiquitous usage
that enabled MySQL to get a more than 20x multiple. What they don't realize
is that the failure of early open source acquisitions to deliver substantial
value to owners has made buyers much more wary.
Companies like MySQL were valued bas... (more)