So I'm in the company cafeteria today and as I turn to head back to my office I see my friend Amnon -- a quiet, humble engineer with a giant smile, and a warm nature.
Amnon waves "Hi" to me with that excited twinkle in his eye that I knew to be about the awesome launch from the Symmetrix labs this week, the Symmetrix V-Max.
When I walk over to his lunch table to share a quick congrats I turned to my right to say hello to the man sitting with him. I learn that this man, Haim, with a face I recognize but have not seen in a long time, is among the five original engineers on the Symmetrix platform.
I am Starstruck.
How to I describe why? These men are major contributors to a platform that has become one of the most well-known, long standing technology platforms in the industry. You can't send a text, book a flight, visit an ATM, trade a stock, make a purchase with a credit card, have a medical procedure, take a pill, or do most anything else in the course of your day without their work touching your life.
All that stuff I knew, and am used to ... and yet looking into the sparkling, proud eyes of a Symmetrix Founder, and an industry tech guru* on this week, where Symmetrix again captured the industry by storm, I was moved to my core. At that moment, I realized so much of the life I have built is largely related to the work and sacrifices these men and their colleagues have made.
And then, call me Amazed.
On returning to my office I check my email to find a bunch of the editorial reviews on this week's Symmetrix launch. One read unlike any tech review I am used to seeing. It was written by the editor-in-chief of InfoStor, Dave Simpson. Some excerpts follow:
Even the analyst community couldn’t resist hyperbole in covering this announcement. For example, Pund-IT Research’s Charles King and the Mesabi Group’s David Hill wrote that the Virtual Matrix Architecture and V-Max systems “are likely to incite a tectonic shift in the enterprise storage market” and that the improvements (relative to DMX-4) “range from the simply impressive to the seriously jaw-dropping.”
And, sending me agoogling, King and Hill noted that the Symmetrix V-Max systems are “based on highly integrated ‘layers,’ resulting in a delectably enterprise-class equivalent of a Sachertorte.”
In the past, every time EMC made a momentous move (say with the acquisitions of Documentum, RSA and VMware), I questioned their strategy and even predicted that some of their acquisition follies would end in failure. I was always wrong.
I quit nay-saying the Hopkinton honchos a long time ago. Sure, there are a few chinks in their armor, but they have more arrows in their quiver than a few of their competitors combined.
Wow. Thanks Dave Simpson!
This week has been exhilarating, and it is still only Thursday.
On Monday, I got a heart-felt and personal note inclusive of reflection on his life as a working parent from EMC founder Dick Egan on hearing of our Working Mother Experience Book. He told me to "Pass onto all the EMC working Moms (and Dads) my admiration for their outstanding work at EMC "... and of "how I am very proud of them." (He also enclosed his own self-published book of lawyer jokes -- which made me smile even more.)
On Tuesday, I saw masses of the company get engaged and rally around this new Symmetrix announcement. And that an unprecedented 13,000 customers took part via attending a virtual world launch. Cool.
On Wednesday, I had my mailbox flooded with emails from ecstatic people who have discovered the Working Mother Experience book -- like a former EMC woman sales rep/mom from the 1980s! -- and from ecstatic executives and employees involved in the successful Symmetrix launch. I even got a visit from an engineer who said, with an exasperated smile and shaking of his head, "I'm just having so much fun!"
On Thursday, I have a casual encounter with some humble stars and read some very remarkable reviews.
[*Amnon is so remarkable, btw, the Storage Anarchist dedicated a post to him titled, "I work with smart people" upon Amnon's receipt of an award that put him on a peer level with such tech gurus as the "fathers of" the world wide web; Netscape; Java; and the subject of analysis of computer algorithms.]
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Don't you find it weird that a person who has been with a company for almost 18 years could possibly say she is starstruck and amazed at stuff happening within her company walls? I do. I kind of can't believe it myself. It truly is weird. And I like it.
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