My father loves Western movies, so I watched a lot of them growing up. Westerns tend to have “standard” characters that are easy to recognize, like the rough outlaw with a heart of gold, or the damsel in distress. But true Western fans will recognize another staple character – the snake oil peddler with dubious credentials, selling cures for all sorts of ailments. These peddlers travel from town to town spreading confusion and parting hard working folks with their money.
Today’s snake oil peddlers are the vendors who put the labels of “solutions” over the same old goods to meet the new needs of BYOD, Rogue IT, Big Data, and SDN. Here at the Microsoft Management Summit, I’m hearing from a lot of customers that see a lot of powerful visions across the industry, but the solutions themselves are little more than yesterday’s products with a “brand new” label, or vaporware showcasing mock-ups of products not available today.
As the Director of IT from a financial services firm that I met last evening put it, “Of course vision and product roadmaps matter to me. But I need products that solve my problems today, not a year from now.”
As I have mentioned previously, I believe Microsoft’s commitment to the Cloud OS leads to the most comprehensive and future-proof infrastructure solution. And it’s not just vision. It is real, with unique features that customers can take advantage of today. Want more? Here are some of the demos featured in yesterday’s MMS keynote by Brad Anderson:
To see these demos, please check out a recording of Brad’s keynote here. These demos are real, running on real code that you can deploy today. Can the infrastructure vendor you are evaluating really claim that?
If you haven’t done so already, I invite you to take Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Azure out for a spin. Let me know what you find!