We had the pleasure of gathering in Washington D.C. last week with a number of our federal customers and partner Carahsoft, for a day of sharing vision, answering questions and listening to feedback at the Federal User Group Conference. We had the honor of hearing from Jeanne Morain, a systems management and cloud-computing expert, who gave a thought-provoking presentation on embracing digital transformation.
Not surprising, the federal government market is increasingly building great software to better serve the country, and CollabNet is pleased to play a role in that effort. It was great to have our CEO, Flint Brenton, come into town and share some of his market insights and industry trends with our event.
Here’s a quick recap from Flint’s remarks:
Open Source, SaaS and the Cloud are the three main disruptions in the market.
Though these buzzwords are part of every IT worker’s vocabulary today, there’s no escaping the fact that sharing source code and hosting on the cloud are creating challenges for large organizations, and government agencies in particular still have a lot of catching up to do.
There is a steady move toward pure-cloud consumption.
Even within highly regulated and strict environments like federal government, more software build, test, deploy and release are moving to the cloud. There is still a hybrid approach in place, but security and reliability standards continue to increase, making the inherent benefits of cloud computing more accessible to all types of organizations.
Every Company is becoming a software company.
Yes, software is certainly eating the world, and the rise of IoT and machine-to-machine is forcing traditional manufacturing companies to become software companies. A great example of this today is the automotive industry. Flint’s kids drive used cars and he likes to stay on top of their maintenance issues. These days 50 percent of the maintenance he takes care of are software updates.
The developer is edging out the knowledge worker.
Developers, many of them fresh out of college, today drive today’s economy. These developers can often find work anywhere they want, and in order to recruit the best talent, agencies need to provide the same tool set that the developers had available to them in university.
The monolithic product tool suite is out and best-of-breed is in.
We have been seeing this trend rising among our customers, and public sector customers are no exception – organizations have a highly heterogeneous IT infrastructure, and no longer build their stack with one vendor, but rather take a best-of-breed approach.
We also heard from a few other members of the CollabNet team. Scott Rose, senior director of product management, gave us a preview of changes and updates coming down the pike for TeamForge in 2016. And Kevin Hancock, senior director of worldwide field operations, presented a very nice product demo of the latest improves to TeamForge. Many in attendance were especially delighted to see how our continued commitment to tool integration and end-to-end visibility are playing nicely into DevOps initiatives.
In closing, Flint inspired our federal friends and the CollabNet team by encouraging everyone to share their goals and write them down. He referenced a study he once heard from Dale Carnegie, proving that those who go public with their ambitions are five times more successful. It’s always a great time to set goals!
One of our customers eagerly asked at the end of the day when the next user group would be. “I want to go back to my office and tell everyone, ‘you all need to come to this next time!’” she said. What nice feedback. And the answer is—soon!