Shouts and Murmurs from Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Florida


Last week at Gartner Symposium ITxpo, I walked the halls, attended sessions and listened to many customers talk about what they are learning at one of the most important and largest CIO forums in the world.

Gartner and the representative vendors here all confirm that another structural shift has occurred with the advent of big data, mobility and cloud computing.

While customers are excited about the possibilities of these transformative technology trends, many feel overwhelmed. This maxim sums up the practical realities when folks return home and have to think about where to begin.

“There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know.”
— Donald Rumsfeld, 2002

Our customer panel comprised technology and security executives from Netflix, Genomic Health and Universal Music Group. This group confirmed that cloud computing provides tremendous productivity improvements and capital efficiency with positive effects to the bottom line. Whether you choose to embrace or ignore this computing trend, it is the “now” of computing.

The most gratifying part of the show has been demonstrating the power of Netskope. Every prospective customer that saw our demo walked away confident that they can have the conversation with their lines of business on how to safely move forward with the cloud.