It’s my pleasure to announce that I have joined the team @Apprenda to drive the next era of computing through Platform as a Service!
For more than a decade, I’ve seen how a powerful partner ecosystems can drive the IT world to become more “manageable,” case in point being my last 12 years at Citrix Systems. Citrix has always been about managing applications and understands how integral it is to the enterprise. From its server-based computing days to its leadership in Desktop Virtualization solutions today, Citrix has always prioritized building a strong alliance network to provide its customers the right solution to manage their apps, data center and desktops cohesively. And before Citrix, I was at BMC, where innovation in application management was pioneered.
Having spent the past year talking to and advising companies focused on cloud, virtualization, mobility, app delivery and big data, I wanted to get back to app delivery and be a part of solving the problems that haven’t been and couldn’t have been addressed in the past.
Sinclair Schuller, a real IT visionary, and I met just as I was leaving Citrix. Sinclair sold me on the idea that the end state of the industry is hybrid cloud and that any web app can be made to work as a cloud service. The fact is, IT likes the self-service nature of the cloud, but wants to run their own data centers with the guaranteed ability to push workloads and apps to the cloud on their own timeline… the key to success was building/masking the complexity and making things simple… (sounding a lot like one of my longtime mentors, Mark Templeton @ Citrix)
Apprenda’s Open PaaS stack for .NET continues to grow, examples of how partnerships have already benefitted customers include Apprenda Azure, Private Cloud Solutions Suite (PCSS) as well as Apprenda’s extension into Microsoft’s Service Management Portal.
My experience working and partnering with great companies like Microsoft, Citrix, Dell and BMC will serve Apprenda well in leading to solid partnerships and cloud development.
Thanks for the continued support, partnership and friendship, the adventure continues…