Last week, the European NonStop User community travelled to London for the eBITUG conference which was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tower Hill. A total of 266 attendees – customers, vendors and HPE delegates - showed up which, I believe, is a record number for the European event. So, well done to the BITUG committee for putting on a successful show!
The highlight of the first day in many ways was the keynote speech given by no other than Jimmy Treybig, founder of Tandem Computers in 1974 and Venture Capitalist.
He gave an insight in what it takes to implement/instigate/initiate change in an organization or even an industry – courage and patience (and some luck). Another key element in driving change is sharing your strategy and vision with staff and key stakeholders in order for people to understand and to make the journey with you.
According to Jimmy, in order to make any business successful you need to put your customers and customer satisfaction first. At Tandem, this was key – as many will remember – and with it the legendary Tandem Culture which was built on trust and respect.
If it wasn’t for people like Jimmy taking the opportunity (and the risk) when they did we all would not be in this much valued NonStop business of ours. Quite an impressive thought!
The second keynote of the day was by Andrew Bergholz, Senior Director NonStop Engineering, and he talked about the Future of NonStop and mapped out the journey of NonStop from where it is today to a virtualized NonStop in the future.
Andrew’s key messages were:
- There is a mission critical renaissance
- Digital core is critical to business transformation
- HPE is committed to NonStop innovation
Andrew also gave a glimpse of what lies ahead for NonStop long-term based on NonStop X, virtualized NonStop and Database services. Things like specific Telco offerings, Utility markets, Internet of Things and even Blockchain are all application areas where the NonStop fundamentals could play a significant part.
Dave McLeod, Director HPE NED EMEA, happily reported that the first 6 months of the fiscal year have been very good indeed and his team was able to overachieve on its targets. HPE continuous to roll out the NS X systems and is reaching a tipping point where NS X approaches 50% of the NonStop business (in EMEA). Dave remains optimistic about the rest of the year and presented the future platform choices for customers
1) converged NS X systems
2) virtualized NonStop
3) a combination of the two.
Most demand for virtualized NonStop is to come from the Telco space followed by Financial Services albeit mainly on test and development systems. He reminded everyone of HPE NonStop’s track record of the past years in announcing and delivering NS X, Yuma and vNS. The future of vNS will see new database capabilities supporting the digital core concept that Andrew spoke about in his presentation.
From comForte’s point of view and being one of the sponsors of the event, it was a great couple of days and we surely managed to make an impression with the James Bond theme.