It’s that time of the year, when our students are being sent off to the next stage of their lives, filled with big ideas and platitudes from a multitude of celebrity speakers. Some great examples include the recent commencement address given by Stephen Colbert, that now-famous High School teacher who told us “you’re not special”, and of course the prophetic talk by Steve Jobs.
Like all good speakers, I want to start by thanking you, storage industry leaders, practitioners, stakeholders, and influencers throughout the industry. And of course I want to thank the customers who, driven by continued 50+% annual data growth, generated by a growing array of digitized transactions, mobile and sensor devices, continue to buy our products and invest in our future.
I especially want to congratulate the accomplishments of the storage industry on a fruitful year. So far 2015 has been one filled with news, innovation, and accomplishment. A full and growing cohort of storage offerings, alternatives, and new entrants are now filling the aisles of data centers around the globe.
Congratulations to you, the storage class of 2015!
No commencement address would be complete without a touching, personal story. My first job was in Accounting, cost accounting to be exact. And I witnessed the transformational power of digitization. I was tasked with converting a cost accounting department from being ledger pad-based to being spreadsheet-based. That generated a lot of spreadsheet files. More importantly, it allowed for fast consistent creation of product cost models, easier ongoing edits of analyses, and greater accuracy in the accounting of projects – many of which were important, defense related jobs. I learned first-hand how data improves the way business operates, as well as how it changes the lives of the people who work with it – in this case, the gentlemen who had been going through a lot of pencils before my arrival.
Here’s an inspirational quote: It was the industrious Henry Ford who said, “There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” Let’s look at some of the key accomplishments of our business so far this year. Here are your 2015 storage class valedictorians:
It will be this generation’s task to deliver on the storage roadmap to a data-hungry world. The question each of us face, is not whether to evolve what we bring to market, but whether we will lead the evolution. I believe the world’s prosperity is a direct result of how well the data infrastructure products of today and tomorrow deliver on the ability to support a continued, blistering velocity of data use and growth.
Leaving here, you, the storage class of 2015, carry with you the respect of IT. You represent an industry with the power of innovation on your side. And you are here at a time in history where you will bring to bear the most positive impact towards the betterment of mankind.