With Partnerworld right around the corner, I have asked our business partners for their thoughts on the autonomic village which will make its debut next week. The first set of comments come from Scott Safe from Network Physics, one of the companies you can find in the autonomic village.
1. Scott, Do you think the AC village is a good idea and what do you hope to demonstrate?
Well Dave, Seeing is believing. Clients have a skeptical eye to the vendor -- but respond warmly when the function is there to discuss, debate, and see how it can and cannot be applied. The village will create buzz - which will bring in more partners to want to participate, which will provide more solutions to clients, proving the fact that Autonomics is real.
2. How does autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
Integration with IBM's autonomic self-managing capabilities provides the extra edge in responding to customer problems. Autonomics takes Network Physics's unique insight into application infrastructure integrity, performance, and security offered by the NetSensory solution, available as a data source for self-managing autonomic solutions to take that extra step - isolate, fix it, and ensure it's back in service. What's manual work and effort today, is not affordable in the future. Cost-constraints and cost-cutting is forcing out the repetitive work.
With IBM standing behind Autonomics, this validates the approach NP has taken in the market - and the validation represents opportunity to partners who need leading edge solutions to compete in today's market.
3. What will Partners expect to see 1 year from now at the AC Village?
Well, it will probably be called AC City by then. The growth and interest will drive this. Second, we can definitely see customers joining the venue to discuss the benefits they have seen out of autonomic computing solutions. They do get excited about the technology, because it does solve significant problems they have, and more importantly, it does provide a return on investment that meets what they are being driven by - automate and reduce costs.
Thanks for your comments Scott! AC City! I like it!