Observations from Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2013


I’ve been at Gartner Symposium ITxpo for the past few days attending sessions and talking to people at the Netskope exhibit booth. I thought I’d share a few of my personal learnings from this event.

First and foremost, the interest in how enterprises can best use the cloud resources is palpable – many attendees are focused on what lies ahead in making their organizations more productive and focus on innovation. From what I heard, many have eagerly embraced cloud as a way to take advantage of the efficiencies. Others have adapted their existing criteria for IT purchases to make sure they make the right choices for the cloud-resourced apps. Everyone is ready.

As I unpack the use cases behind the spirited discussions, one thing that stands out is that a credible solution for managing cloud apps and cloud security needs to be flexible. There are customers who monitor all access from any device since their goal is to secure data access, there are others who want to monitor usage of ‘authorized’ devices and there are others who only want to monitor the sanctioned apps accessed by users through corporate credentials.

Another observation I had was that the ability to uncover the apps being used is almost always is seen as a starting point – but the value lasts a proverbial day. Admins want to know how the apps are being used and they are even more interested in enabling use while keeping common sense policies in place.

Finally, folks I’m talking to want to know the vendors they trust to secure their access to cloud apps are themselves secure. The most educated of the attendees who stopped to talk with asked about the security of our own infrastructure. Providing them details behind our SOC-2 compliant data centers builds further trust that we have built an enterprise-grade solution right from the get-go.

We at Netskope are helping companies from a variety of verticals have the confidence to fully participate in the cloud.