Industry Awards

I’ve always been a proponent of industry awards. I can recollect my first awards ceremony representing Citrix back in the late nineties, the host was a relatively unknown Graham Norton, it was such an honour to receive the award on behalf of my company, customers and partners but also the creators of the products. In the software industry it is such an accolade for the developers to know that the software they are producing is award winning!

I always encourage my clients to enter appropriate awards and I aim to at least get them to be a finalist, winning is just icing on the cake. This year has been a really good year for my clients’ success in winning awards. Liquidware was a winner at both the US Best of VMworld awards and the European awards. The US BoVM awards are product focused and the European ones are focused on customer projects. FlexApp was the winner in the Digital Workspace Awards in August and DAS Group UK won the European Best Desktop Virtualisation and Mobility Project as well as being named Best in Show for their use of Liquidware’s Stratusphere UX solution. Liqudware was also a finalist in the Computing Technology Product Awards in the Digital Transformation Product category. However, the winners are selected by voting and as Red Hat won a LOT of the categories, I feel these awards are not so good to enter. If you’re a smaller company how do you gather enough votes to beat the bigger companies?

Last year, Droplet Computing won the UK Innovation and Entrepreneur award at the prestigious BCS and Computing awards. This year I entered them again but this time in the Emerging Technology category. It was a great moment at the awards ceremony to see the team collect this award. The only downside to them winning two years on the trot is they want me to attain a hat trick and secure a win in 2020!! No pressure then 😉

My tips for successful awards entries are to always write it from the value of the technology perspective; not just how the product works but why it delivers business value. Ensure you’re entering an appropriate category and have fully understood the entry criteria, plus, don’t use BS bingo, be succinct and write it so that the judges can garner very quickly what your submission is about and the uniqueness of the solution. You can read an in-depth blog here for further tips and tricks.

And remember: you gotta be in it to win it!

UK VMUG UserCon November 27th

I’m so excited to be attending – and presenting – at the forthcoming UK VMUG UserCon on 27 November, with the preceding evening being the vCurry, which I am also looking forward to. I missed the event last year, so am also super excited to see the new location at the National Space Centre.

As others have already blogged about, the vCommunity is a big part of the attraction to this annual event, as well as the awesome sessions the organisers have arranged. There will be the usual VMware glitterati there in the shape of Joe Baguley, Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan, but there are some amazing community sessions too, check out the agenda here. The agenda lists two roundtable sessions, both to be held in Breakout 7, Rocket Tower. The first one is at 2.15pm with the second one at 3.00pm. I will be hosting a session at both times; the first one is on Personal Branding, so if you’re interested in how “Brand You” can impact your career, pop along to that. The second one is a demo of the community analysis site, WhatMatrix in conjunction with a couple of the community contributors. This session is an absolute MUST ATTEND if you’re responsible for evaluating technology for your company. We’ll focus on a VMware comparison so you can see how the site works and the type of output you can obtain – all for free!

And, of course, the whole event couldn’t take place free for attendees without the sponsors, so please do make sure you go check them out.

Finally, in advance of a fab event, I’d like to thank Simon Gallagher, Dave Simpson, Linda Smith and Chris Dearden for carrying on the mantle of being the organising committee. I know how much hard work and heart ache goes into organising this annual event – I take my hat of to you all!

Looking forward to seeing many of you in less than two weeks!!

February London VMUG and March Rimmary

Time flies when you’re having fun says the old adage….. or in my case, as I’ve not posted since last December, when you’ve been plagued by flu and colds 🙁 Poor excuse for not posting, but by the time I’ve done the horses, walked the dogs, checked email and then started work for my clients, I’m exhausted!

I did have a ‘window’ of not being too poorly to attend the first London VMUG of the year in early February. The agenda was a good one, with a very interesting plenary session by Ed Hoppitt of VMware.

My key takeaway from Ed’s presentation was VMware really is now a single platform to run all things – hence his hashtag #RunAllThings – irrespective of the workload. Prior to Ed was the gold sponsor Nexenta. I’ve known about them for a very long time, but never sat in on one of their presos. Their technical presenter was very good despite English not being his native language – which he apologised for many times and really didn’t need to! Key takeaway was they have a 10 TB community version for homelabbers that can be accessed here.

With the North East VMUG holding their meeting the same day, there was a little Twitter banter going on, starting with the chair’s pic of the Geordie Shore crew:

A justifiable retort 🙂

The next session I attended was Matt Evans’ WorkspaceONE presentation that focused on Windows 10 management. My final session was Igel Technology who presented some great real world use cases and conducted a live demo – kudos! I had to leave so missed Dave Ruddle presenting on blockchain, which is a shame as wanted to learn more about Gospel, his new company. Haven’t seen Dave for a while when one of his previous companies (Nimble) was sponsoring London VMUG.

I also missed the live announcement of the UK VMUG event date, but saw it on Twitter, mark your diaries now folks!

 

February melded into March and here we are starting off the event silly season! Which events are you attending? I’ve got the following in my diary

  • Citrix User Group, March 20, Manchester
  • Cloud Expo, March 12-13, ExCeL London

In contrast, I’m doing some PR work for some industry friends regarding the results of a survey they recently conducted in the high tech industry. Some fascinating results that will be made public soon. Suffice it to say, our industry does not make the most of its most expensive asset – their workforce!

Next up in my community activities is a team call with other board members and consultants of WhatMatrix, there’s been some exciting developments with the platform and new categories planned, so looking forward to catching up with everyone soon!

Finally, I’m getting more engrossed with Liquidware’s corporate and local activities due to their success and expansion. So, am looking forward to March, and, despite having a mini heatwave in the UK in February, the dull start of March is great for not being distracted by going out horse riding but knuckling down and focusing on my clients.

Have a good March everyone!

Exciting new addition to hiviz-marketing client list

I am very excited to announce that iboss has chosen to work with hiviz-marketing to support their EMEA expansion.

iboss is an established cloud based cyber security company in the North American region, that is redefining the way in which cyber security is delivered and managed. Their Secure Cloud Gateway delivers for today’s decentralized world and is the only visionary in Gartner’s 2017 Secure Web Gateway Magic Quadrant.

With over 85% of the current industry using appliance-based web gateways, iboss’ architecture is fundamentally different in that cloud nodes can be deployed anywhere (public or private) providing path to cloud and totally focused on securing the user without the burden of appliance management. They have a powerful IP portfolio with over 100 patents and was founded in 2003 by entrepreneurs Paul and Peter Martini.

They’ve recently recruited a couple of ex-VMware folks, namely Ted Ranft and Craig Talbot to head up global and EMEA sales respectively and have engaged with me to create awareness and ‘air cover’ to assist their GTM in EMEA. To date they’ve had a strong business here in the education sector, but the strategy now will extend to the mid-market and enterprise commercial sector.

Not only do they have very cool technology, they are working with some very large organizations, such as Microsoft, to deliver protection for corporate data through public cloud integration.

So, if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional security that will protect your users wherever they roam, provide them the best experience when accessing the cloud and reduce your management and procurement costs, please take a look at iboss!

Nutanix’s acquisition of Frame

Well, this news lit up my Twitter feed late last night/early this morning. From a technology perspective, I think this is a good move by Nutanix – it will, however, be interesting to see how the Street reacts when it wakes up in a few hours. While the news hit my attention, what grabbed it more was the commentary by a certain exec at VMware.

A few years, after an acquisition that VMware made, an individual that came over in that acquisition started to use Twitter as a platform to convey his rather inflammatory opinion about the competition. I was always surprised that VMware allowed this level of derogatory remarks to other industry players – and indeed people too – but he was just branded a bit of a renegade and maverick. He wasn’t super high up in the food chain and has, subsequently, left but I was always mystified as to how a publicly listed company allowed employees to express such venomous views. He is now a CEO of a small start up and he has certainly ‘toned down’ his tweets!

Certain employees of Nutanix are well known for being bolshy and posting controversial social media messages, but I’ve never witnessed its leader, Dheeraj Pandey being anything other than business like and to the point. Therefore, I was impressed by his composure on Twitter earlier in response to Sanjay Poonen’s tweets…… Why do executives of publicly listed companies lower themselves to ‘tit for tatting’ spat tweets? Why? It’s just not necessary, it’s not professional and it’s not acceptable in my view.

I always advise to take the high ground, don’t stoop to others’ levels of unprofessionalism – don’t be a keyboard warrior, if you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t put it out on social media. This really is social media 101 and to those that infringe it, you make me cringe every time I read your tweets, so please, please grow up and stop throwing stones in the playground!