Evolution of Application Management

It is rare to look back upon technology trends over 10 years, especially in the enterprise management software space. If you were a Gartner or Forrester analyst, this would be part of your job, but for the general practitioner, understanding the larger macro trends in IT management help balance all the Twitter traffic on the…

When & How to Listen to your Board of Directors on Product Plans

Jointly blogged by Laurent Gharda & Wayne Greene Laurent is the CEO and founder of LinMin Much is discussed in the Product Manager blog space around listening to your customers and driving your product direction to the most valuable features and capabilities for your customers. Sounds like eating cheesy nachos and a ballpark frank smothered…

Misty Place for the Clear Future of Services… (Part 3 of 3)

Emerging Science of Services – RADMA Conference 2006 – Lake District, UK By Guest Blogger – Kemal A. Delic As we sensed that the end of the splendid Camelot days was approaching, we tried to envision a very distant future in which services will represent the major part of the economy (+75%).  Thus, we thought…

Once Upon a Time we Thought Analytically… (Part 2 of a 3)

By Guest Blogger Kemal A. Delic Looking back into the recent history of IT industry developments, one can easily observe the domination of hosting platforms—representing an intricate infrastructural entity combining technological systems and a clever business model. The most important feature of the dominant, global platforms is the ability to scale smoothly. You provide the…

Secrets of the Partner Series – Technology Partners – Part 1

A sign of a very healthy product (software or hardware) is a robust ecosystem of partners with product integrations.  Just look at all the third-party products for the iPhone (or Surface Pro 4 which I am typing on now).   My first role at VMware was to Product Manage from the Business Units point of view…

Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 2 – Conflicts

Wayne:   Bill, on our first blog on Channel Partners we covered a lot of ground on this issue, especially on setting up the motivational structure for those channel partners versus our direct sales force.  When we were setting up enablement we had many discussions on curriculum for enablements: what was the 101 course, the 201…

You and Your Product Depends on These Two Things

There seems to be a big uptick in Product Management-centric blog posts and advice.  Each of those articles tells and extends the group experience of the PM community.   As a colleague mentioned to me, the domain of the PM has extended from managing the hardware or physical product, to firmware and to software.  You have…

Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 1

Your manager tells you to take the new product that your organization is developing and take it to 10M in revenue in 1 year.  No sweat you think, we have this great direct sales force of sales specialists who are selling a different product and top notch sales engineering.  Perhaps they can be swayed to…

We Need an Updated Roadmap!

How many times have I heard this?  To a product professional, the product roadmap is a hot topic.  How often should we update it?  Who will do the work aggregating the details from all the Product Managers?  Who has to approve this?  Where is the customer feedback?  What about the field reaction when they don’t get…

Engineering Versus Marketing Versus Product Management Driven Organizations

This blog will be a bit controversial.  Having worked in many organizations across hardware and software and services, I can see the conflict between product management and engineering.   When the balance between these two departments is just right, great products are produced and customers are listened to and are happy with the outcome.  All too…