On October 17, the Wall Street Journal reported that IBM revenues have now declined for six straight quarters. IBM has told financial analysts that the company is capable of generating revenue growth in the low to mid single digits, but the fact is that IBM has not achieved that kind of growth since 2011. According to the report, IBM’s hardware revenue has fallen by 17%, with the hardware unit losing $167M, and the growth in the software business has gone from 4% to -1% (in other words, the software business has shrunk). Continue reading Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?
VMware’s Management Strategy continues to evolve, both on its own and as a part of the vCloud Suite. At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware made an important series of announcements that both clarified strategy and demonstrated significant progress in some important areas. Continue reading VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy
In Management Frameworks Will Die we make the case that frameworks have failed because no one product can monitor everything, because management frameworks cannot be modernized to meet the needs of the Software Defined Data Center and the Cloud, because frameworks are too painful and expensive to maintain, and because customers prefer the “try it before you buy it” model of buying management software to the enterprise license agreement approach favored by the framework vendors. Continue reading What is Going to Replace the Legacy Management Frameworks?
We are at an unprecedented place in the history of the computer industry. Both technical and economic forces are at work to drive innovation at an unprecedented rate and scale. These forces are creating new types of uses of IT services, new applications, new platforms, new infrastructures, and new models for selling and buying management software. Any form of management software that cannot address these new environments, and keep up with rate of change will die. It is therefore inevitable that management frameworks will die. Continue reading Management Frameworks Will Die
At VMworld 2013, one of the three imperatives for IT was to “Replace Management with Automation”. This builds upon some things that VMware has been doing for quite some time, and restarts an initiative that was first kicked off by Paul Maritz a few years ago. One the one hand VMware has been replacing manual management with automation for quite some time. On the other hand, VMware has talked about automated problem resolution in the past but never delivered. All of this inevitably leads to the notion of automated service assurance. Continue reading VMware Rejoins the Automated Service Assurance Debate
One of the themes of VMworld 2013 was “Virtualize Everything”. In other words, virtualize 100% of your x86-based applications. In fact Virtualize Everything was one of the “Three Imperatives for IT” that VMware made the major themes of the show (we will discuss the other two in subsequent posts).