Lydia Leong

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Bimodal IT, VMworld, and the future of VMware

by Lydia Leong  |  August 25, 2014  |  1 Comment

In Gartner’s 2014 research for CIOs, we’ve increasingly been talking about “bimodal IT”. Bimodal IT is the idea that organizations need two speeds of IT — call them traditional IT and agile IT (Gartner just calls them mode-1 and mode-2). Traditional IT is focused on “doing IT right”, with a strong emphasis on efficiency and [...]

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AWS 2Q14 and why the sky is not falling

by Lydia Leong  |  July 28, 2014  |  7 Comments

Amazon posted weaker 2Q 2014 results for Amazon Web Services, leading some to speculate about competitive pressures despite continued enormous growth in usage. Investors are asking, probably reasonably, what’s going on here. Is the overall market for cloud computing weakening? Are competitors taking more market share? Or is this largely the result of the price [...]

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Impressions of IBM Pulse

by Lydia Leong  |  February 25, 2014  |  1 Comment

Once upon a time, IBM Pulse was a systems management conference. But this year, IBM has marketed it as a “cloud” conference. The first day of keynotes was largely devoted to IBM’s cloud efforts, although the second day keynote went back to the systems management roots (if still with a cloudy spin). IBM has done [...]

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Vendors, Magic Quadrants, and client status

by Lydia Leong  |  August 22, 2012  |  2 Comments

I’m writing this blog post for vendors who are in Magic Quadrants or who are hoping to be in Magic Quadrants, as well as the Gartner account executives (AEs) who have such vendors as clients and prospects. It’s in lieu of having to send an email blast to a lot of people; since it’s more [...]

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Specific Tips for Magic Quadrant briefings

by Lydia Leong  |  August 10, 2012  |  Comments Off

This is part 2 of a two-part post. The first part contains general tips for Magic Quadrant briefings, applicable to any vendor regardless of how much contact they’ve had with the analyst. This second part divides the tips by that level of contact. Richard Stiennon’s UP and to the RIGHT, which provides advice about the [...]

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General Tips for Magic Quadrant briefings

by Lydia Leong  |  August 10, 2012  |  Comments Off

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post called “What Makes for an Effective MQ Briefing?” This is a follow-up, with my thoughts somewhat more organized. This is part 1 of a two-part post contains the general tips. The next post contains tips that are applicable specifically to each of the three types of vendors. [...]

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AR contacts for a Magic Quadrant should read everything

by Lydia Leong  |  August 7, 2012  |  1 Comment

Something for analyst relations folks and the PR firms that help them, to take note of when participating in a Magic Quadrant: Read every communication that you’re sent, in its entirety. One might think this would be a simple thing, but multiple years of experience have shown that this is not the case. Granted, sometimes [...]

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The art of the customer reference

by Lydia Leong  |  August 6, 2012  |  3 Comments

In the course of my career at Gartner, and my pre-Gartner life as an engineering director who spent giant piles of money on purchasing technology that was often very early-stage, I have spoken to an awful lot of customer references. I’m about to soon dive into the reference-a-thon that a Magic Quadrant represents (we call [...]

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What would make the Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant better?

by Lydia Leong  |  July 25, 2012  |  1 Comment

At the risk of opening up a can of worms: As a user of the Public Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant — either as a technology buyer looking to make a vendor decision, or as a vendor looking to understand the market, what would make the document better? Understand that I cannot change the process itself [...]

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Do Amazon’s APIs matter?

by Lydia Leong  |  April 7, 2012  |  Comments Off

For those who have been wondering where I personally stand in the brouhaha over Amazon, Citrix, Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Rackspace, HP, and so on, along with the broader competitive market that includes VMware, Microsoft, and the Four Horsemen of management tools… I should state up-front that I hold the optimistic viewpoint that I want everyone [...]

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