In early 2014 I started hearing from a good amount of our SAP clients the shift and interest of exploring various Cloud hosting models for their SAP landscapes as well as the need for more flexible consumption models to run their infrastructure for SAP and SAP HANA.
This accelerated later in 2014 which helped us at EMC drive to create better relationships with the worlds best SAP and SAP HANA Cloud Service Providers. I was fortunate to be part of conversations with Virtustream’s CEO Rodney Rogers and his senior executive staff together with EMC executives to create a partnership with Virtustream around SAP in the US in late 2014. The partnership agreements were actually signed Dec 24th 2014 and then launched at SAP FKOM in Jan 2015.
We had a fantastic time working with Virtustream in Q1/Q2 2015 including leveraging their solutions, people and software IP in the SAP ecosystem including building an xStream powered Vblock for SAP and SAP HANA Solution.
I got a chance to present our joint story at many events including SAP Sapphire which was a ton of fun.
In late May 2015 EMC announced the acquisition of Virtustream for $1.2B, which then subsequently closed July 9th (a day after my birthday) to create “Virtustream”; an EMC Federation company. In Q3/Q4 Virtustream announced some exciting additions to the Cloud family with EMC’s Storage Managed Services (SMS), VCE’s Cloud Management Services (CMS) and EMC’s Object Store as a Service offering (Rubicon) to bring the organization to 15+ Data Centers Globally and around 2,000 people.
After 12 years with EMC and exactly one year after the original Partnership agreement was signed, now Dec 24th 2015 I accepted an offer to join the Virtustream team January 1st 2016 in a Global SAP Alliance leadership role to create the next chapter in my career. I will be focusing on evangelizing and driving client & partner SAP and SAP HANA Managed Cloud business globally, launching the SAP HEC Global Premier Partner GTM working with SAP and clients as well as being part of the team that looks at Virtustream’s SAP & SAP HANA solutions roadmap.
There is no doubt in my mind that Virtustream is leading the way to innovation and execution when it comes to helping SAP clients managed their SAP and SAP HANA Cloud workloads on-prem, off-prem or in hybrid scenarios. I am extremely excited what 2016 will bring for our SAP Clients, Partners and EMC Federation employees as it relates to our SAP business.
I am inspired for “the Next Chapter”…
Happy New Year 2016 and see you at FKOM in Las Vegas and Barcelona in January!