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vmware and Salesforce - Partnership --> VMForce

(notes from SFDC and vmware announcement) Paul Maritz Goals -           IT needs to transform into a service -           Reduce complecxity -           Flexible, agile IT service delivery -           Transform underlying computing architectures Cloud Arch -           Journey starts with virtualization -           Charting a path for existing and new applications Developers -           Want efficiency, extensibility -           Found SpringSource; Spring programming framework; write enterprise apps in an easier way; open source -           More than 50% of new Java code is leveraging Spring; more than 2/3 of Java developers are using Spring -           But there is more to it; need SaaS integration, need Security -           95% of enterprise companies leverage vmware; SFDC is industry leader in SaaS -           Combine strengths of both companies Marc Benioff – SFDC CEO 2000s – mobile internet computing Social networking surpasses email usage – July 2009; significant changes in Int

Top 8 Reasons Why IT Becomes Irrelevant

Reason #8 - IT Doesn't Understand the Business. When IT cannot answer two fundamental questions about the business, then IT will never be a trusted business partner. Those two questions are 1) What are the business strategy, goals and objectives? 2) What are the business' operational processes and policies? Reason #7 - IT is Not Proactive. This is what can be referred to as the "The business didn't ask for that" syndrome. Unfortunately this is more the norm than the exception. IT fulfills it's stereotype as an 'order taker' and waits until they get a request from the business teams before they do anything. Reason #6 - IT Team Infighting. Philosophical and political divisions inside the IT team cause things to grind to a halt. "I am not going to get credit", "I don't want that other person to be successful" or "I want them to fail so that I can take over" are all examples of infighting. Reason #5 - Safer to do Not

Cyber Terrorism

We are all hearing more and more concerns about Cyber Terrorism. On May 29, 2010, Obama announced a new Cyber Security Plan and " He referred to 'spyware and malware and spoofing and phishing and botnets,' all different approaches to what he called 'weapons of mass disruption.'  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/30/us/politics/30cyber.html The most recent, highly publicized cyber attack in January was more coordinated and sophisticated than many security experts had ever seen. Wired Magazine had an article with this quote: "H ackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by the anti-virus firm McAfee. “We have never ever, outside of the defense industry, seen commercial industrial companies come under that level of sophisticated attack,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, vice pre

Frederick Huntsberry - COO of Paramount Pictures - HCL Conference 2010

(Notes from Frederick’s presentation) CyberCrime has graduated to a “for profit” business Used to be about bragging rights CyberCrime Piracy Websites – now part of mainstream Ownership can be traced back to organized crime 4 clicks to download pirated movies Eg- google search for “watch movies online” First result is a pirate web site – “pirate leach site” Hulu is the only legitimate web site on the Google page Click on first web site – search for “Shutter Island” You will view all the locations in which the movie file is located All pirated content Click first link takes you to DivxLink – will play Shutter Island movie Sound quality very good; legitimate look and feel; premium advertisers and financial institutions; streaming vs download Hard to distinguish good guys from the bad guys pirate sites in some cases look more attractive than legal sites Tremendous number of jobs at risk; wages; taxes Not just movies but all intellectual property Some sites are directly tied to organized

Bill McDermott - SAP CEO - HCL Conference 2010

Shift in power from the company to the people People and customers first – everyone has choice Most frustrating to a CEO is that IT responds to requests with “it will take years and millions of dollars” Projects must be “on value” vs just on-time and on-budget The New Enterprise – as a result of the economic crisis Transparency, Effectiveness and Efficiency Shared Services like in HR and Finance; frees up cash to spend on innovation Paradigm Shift Cloud + In Memory + Device Any device in real-time Very focused on in memory solutions On Premise, On Demand and On Device – the reality of the new enterprise Must be efficiently integrated “Some companies out there feel like they need to build the whole stack” (oracle) SAP is focused on an open stack – their “Force Multiplier” Against vendor lock-in; innovation on top Value-Add SAP + HCL

Vivek Ranadive - Founder of Tibco - HCL Conference 2010

SW will be completely decoupled from database Enterprise 3.0 vs Enterprise 2.0 Enterprise Service Bus in Memory Cost of solid-state memory continues to Google/Facebook etc – all of them run their businesses in memory; db is only to store Companies with the “2 second advantage” will be the winners; respond within 2 seconds Exploding data Enterprise 2.0 is still focused on CRM systems; hundreds of millions being spent by companies; delayed, slow; largely static data; silo’d apps; app server for development; continually seek info; “I wish I knew”; data is in rows/columns (two dimensions) In Enterprise 3.0 - Every sub-transaction is an event; example Harrah’s and Gary Loveman; needed immediate customer response; every single slot machine pull is an event; every event communicates through the ESB; SOA with Service Bus as nervous system; end to end biz processes; real-time rules engine – anticipates what is going to happen; event server instead of app server; info comes to you; “enterprise

HCL 2010 Conference - Social Networks Discussion Panel

Loretta Brown – Cisco -           Striving for greater diversity within the org; breaking down barriers between layers -           Trust increases; more engagement; more collaborative Susan – Merck -           Compressing time to market through social networking -           Research community in “Merck Connect” to share and collaborate -           Proprietary information but also need public spaces Dave – MTV -           Lots of tools; grass roots selection -           Wiki as a centralized knowledge repository; knowledge capture -           Needed to “force” people to use one common solution to get the most value -             -            

HCL 2010 Conference - Social Analytics Panel Discussion

Universal Studios Eg – Launch of Harry Potter; fascinating to watch the amount of social media activity Marketing 101 – customer’s opinion matters more than any other Power has shifted more to customers -           Much easy to share experience with friends/family Now all employees can be marketers; education is key; company policies CEO is more informed; reading what people are saying about product/service Look for trends, news – filter out the noise Eg – looking for up and coming entertainers; social media provides a competitive advantage Categorize, rank that data They have a dedicated team focused on social media Line between IT and business is blurred Adoption at exec level is a challenge; eventually however the CxO staff will have grown up on social media so it will be less of an issue Elsevier - $3B business B2B – identifying personas Before you apply analytics, you need to profile your customers online Social networks – recognition that people are already part of a group Doct

Gary Hamel Speaks at HCL 2010 Conference

Idea – score the quality of emails Who are the natural leaders? Every employee will have a “leadership score” Management 2.0 -           Cellular structures -           Radical decentralization -           Natural hierarchies -           Internal markets -           Communities of passion -           Self-determination- expand scope of choice; Google’s 20% -           Permeable boundaries -           Transparency to build Trust -           Peer Review – used in academia Individuals join Communities to make an impact High Performing Organization Eg – TopCoder – run competitions; best code wins; 11k coders; 220k members; 30 contests/week Eg – Cisco’s i-Zone – thousands of ideas