Monday, August 20, 2007
Welcome to RT Writer's blog - for all things related to the ITUG Community. In particular, to topics consistent with the theme of my colum "Real Time View". As you may recall from the first column I wrote back in the July - August 2007 issue, then:
"I am writing it with the expectation of presenting a slightly different view of NonStop than might be presented elsewhere and I am writing it to generate further discussion. I am openly soliciting your feedback and I can assure you I will be reading all correspondence that I receive."
By way of introduction - for some time now I have felt that there was opportunities to open more a direct dialogue with the community and so this is very much a prototype that I am looking at to market to a wider cross section of the community. Most of you know me - I have been involved with the NonStop server since my early days at Netlink Inc out of North Carolina. The company's R&D center was in Sydney - but as we looked for additional funding we ran across Tandem Computers and eventually, they made an investment. I was so impressed with the folks I met (folks like Andy Hall, Jeff Tonkel, Suri Harish, Bob Marshall, and so on) that I returned briefly to Australia so that I could join Tandem.
I then held a number of positions before becoming the group manager responsible for a great group of Communications and Networking product managers - Wil Marshman is still with HP NonStop long after I left. From one company with Australian roots (Netlink) to another (Insession) wasn't a big step for me - and over the past 10 years or so I enjoyed working with Insession and later, Insession Technologies after ACI purchased the company. Now I am with GoldenGate - a company I first ran into in my early days at the original Insession - so yes, there's been some continuity to the steps I have taken with my career over the past couple of decades.
This is just background and I do not plan to dwell too much on this - it's just level setting and filling in some blanks for those that may not know me as well as others. The important thing for me is looking ahead - what's going to happen now that Tandem has found a great home within HP.
So, to get started, what did we all think about the recent HPTF&E - how many events do you go to each year? Are they meeting you needs - all of them? Some of them? I am particularly interested in the overall positioning of the NonStop server suite - and whether you value HP's commitment to this product line.
Again, this is the first appearance of my blog - so let me know ...