It's been very impressive to watch all the changes that the combination of EMC and VMware have been enabling for IT.  Organizations are getting greater uptime, higher performance, and easier access than ever before for all their mission-critical applications -- all while reducing operational costs.

 

Impressive.  And here in the "Everything VMware at EMC" community, we have some of the best seats in the house for watching it all.

 

But it doesn't stop there.  Other transformational changes have been in the works for a while.  Depending on where you sit, you've either seen them as they've been developing, or you're just starting to see evidence now, but either way EMC has transformed their relationship with their partners -- and the biggest beneficiaries of this transformation are our joint customers.

 

I first saw the changes start a little over two years ago.  I'd be working on material intended for internal distribution within EMC and would get an instruction to make sure we also created a version that could be shared with partners.  The EMC Community Network site launched, bringing with it great open conversations with partners and customers, and has become a central resource for partner (and customer) information.

 

But, it's been in 2012 that we've seen three changes that confirm that EMC is really going all-out to work more closely with their partners:

 

Point of Evidence #1: Sharing of Information with Partners

This year at the VMware Partner Exchange conference, EMC shared full roadmap information with partners during the opening session of the EMC Partner Bootcamp.  EMC's never done such an open sharing before.  In fact, EMC's even made the other Partner Bootcamp presentations available for download from this community.

 

Point of Evidence #2: The Upcoming Global Partner Summit

Partners go to EMC World every year, but this year, EMC is giving them special focus and is holding their first-ever Global Partner Summit.  If you're an EMC partner going to EMC World and haven't registered for the Summit yet, don't miss out!

 

Point of Evidence #3: Management of This Online Community

My final point of evidence of this transformation of EMC's relationship with it's partners is, perhaps, a little more personal, but it is, nonetheless, no less evidence of a significant change in the way EMC relates to partners.

 

In a recent change, I'm no longer working for EMC.  I'm now working for Accunet Solutions, who partners with EMC (and VMware).

 

After fairly brief discussions about what the "right thing" to do about management of this online community, I am very pleased to announce that I will be remaining in my role as the "Everything VMware at EMC" Community Manager.

 

This forum won't become a soapbox for me or my new employers. It will remain, as it has always been, a great source of information about everything in the intersection of EMC and VMware, served up, as always, by our vibrant and very active community of users.

 

I've always been a huge fan of both EMC and VMware.  I'm personally honored to continue to serve this community in this capacity, as I have the past two years.  Looking forward to many more.

 

And looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at EMC World!