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What a day! What a debate!


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A wide range of CIOs and IT heads joined us at our Redstone Symposium yesterday to hear presentations from some of our partners including Aruba Networks, Brocade, EMC, CommScope, Exinda, Huawei, Lancope and VMware, as well as our very own Larry Dutton, Simon Gay, Andy Leahy, Felix Moleele, Mark Stephenson and John Roberts. In the exhibition room, partners were also on hand to talk one-to-one on topics as diverse as cabling, intelligent infrastructure management, security, collaboration, broadband, WEEE recycling, data destruction, DDoS, asset management, network monitoring, IPv6 and of course the cloud. Phew.

What was interesting was that despite the breadth of topics up for discussion yesterday, common themes began to emerge and underpin many of the debates.

At the top of the list has to be the increasing importance of software as a driver of the way the CIO delivers technology to the enterprise – whether that’s as an enterprise app store, BYOD, standardisation of cloud services or through automation. Whoever you spoke to – hardware, software or network providers – everyone understood that the key to software remaining at the top was how it was delivered.

As ever cloud dominated many of the conversations, but what was interesting was how it has now touched so many parts of the business and the industry. Whatever product or service a company sells, there’s a cloud delivery model to support it. One of the key debates occurred around whether the industry will see more specialisation of cloud service providers, with the CIO acting as the broker to receiving ITaaS.

On a personal note, it was great to have the opportunity to meet with partners and customers – old and new – and to hear about what’s happening with them. With the pace of change in our industry ever increasing, whatever sector you operate in, sometimes it’s nice to take time out to say catch up or simply share experiences and stories. Indeed even some of our clients find it valuable to meet each other, talk through common business challenges and some will continue communicating after the Symposium.

Thanks again to all of those partners who put time and effort into helping make the event a success, and to those that took time out to attend.



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