Even though it’s only Wednesday, VMWorld is starting to wind down a bit. Most of the major stuff takes place Tuesday and Wednesday morning, so as a vendor, it’s a good time to finally catch our collective breathe. It’s been a fantastic show for BMC with a steady stream of demos, great conversations with customers, and a ton of excitement for what we have to show. Most of the demand has been for our flagship cloud product, Cloud Lifecycle Management. Everyone at the show either has a cloud initiative, or is thinking about starting one so it’s a good time to be a cloud vendor. Of course picking up on this trend, many companies are cloudwashing products which are only vaguely cloud – but people seem to be pretty wise to that fact at this point.
I will do a full postmortem next week when I’ve had more time to digest everything, here are some quick bullets about what I’ve observed so far:
• Enterprises and service providers are moving past the “kick-the-tires” phase with cloud and starting to realize that if they don’t have a strategy in place soon, they’re going to be at a competitive disadvantage. One piece of sage advice I heard this week was that it’s important to take the perspective that not taking action is an actual decision. Organizations that aren’t pursuing a cloud strategy should be making that decision consciously, knowing the risks of doing nothing.
• Customers are getting savvier about what it’s going to take to deploy production clouds. I’ve been very impressed with the general maturity level of the folks I’ve had conversations with. They realize that automated provisioning is not enough for cloud, and that management functions like capacity optimization and end-user experience management are essential for a successful cloud deployment. What’s more, to get cloud outside of a development environment, they know they’re going to need governance and policy in their cloud.
• IT as a service is going to dominate the conversation for years to come. It was no accident that this was the main topic of Paul Maritz’s keynote this year. I agree wholeheartedly, the most productive IT organizations will take a service-centric approach to meeting their business goals with IT. They will need a strategy to get there, and the technology to enable it. It’s an exciting time to be in IT. It’s worth pointing out that there are 45,000 people at Dreamforce this year, and that it’s the largest IT show in the world.
That’s it for now, so stay tuned for the full wrap-up coming next week. At the show? Watching from afar? Let me know what you think!