EMEA Insight: Ich bin ein Berliner…..

  ….4 German words with which most Americans of a certain generation will be familiar. When President Kennedy made his infamous speech, Berlin was going through a political maelstrom and tensions across the city were high. It was extremely divided, metaphorically as well as literally. Things have moved on pretty significantly with respect to Berlin […]

Start with the Workload

My colleague Matt Watts offered up a provocative video blog post back in May entitled “The demise of tier 1, throwing ‘flash grenades’ at Fortress VMAX” and an even more incendiary one called “You’re buying flash from who?” more recently.  Judging by the comments on that one, it touched a nerve with several ex-NetApp employees […]

Ferry does Dylan – and not very well.

Album review – Bryan Ferry ‘Dylanesque’. In a series of very occasional album reviews on this site, here are my reflections on ‘Dylanesque’, Bryan Ferry’s homage to Bob Dylan. Granted it is about 7 years too late to be reviewing it and I suppose anyone who thought about buying it either did so at the […]

FlexPod: What’s in a name?

Most corporate IT budgets are flat or are reflecting minimal annual increases. CIOs are being tasked with delivering more for less. That’s broadly the sum of it.  “Deliver innovation and put IT to work to drive the top line, oh, and do it without increasing costs” is the message from the board. CIOs have never […]

Here comes some more product. Put out the bunting? Yes, I think so…..

Whoa hey! NetApp introduces another new FAS system. Read all about it! (well, two systems actually, see here). Put out the bunting and open the champagne. Depending on your starting position you might possibly be thrilled about the introduction of both the new entry-level FAS system, the 2500 and also the FAS 8080 EX, the […]

Some thoughts on leadership

Last week I delivered a briefing to 40 of our most able managers in EMEA. It was a small part of a week-long training course that they were undertaking on many aspects of leadership and strategy. I was there primarily to talk about how marketing (my function) is supporting the corporate strategy, but towards the […]

What UK & European Startups can learn from Israel

This post was originally published on Forbes.com on 6th June 2014. How difficult is it to create a European startup in a technology discipline? How does it compare to the USA, the home of the startup?  What are the cultural differences that seem to put America—in particular the San Francisco Bay area—ahead of the game? Alan […]