Archive for March, 2011

Opening day across America….closing day at Nimsoft

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Anyone else find it strange that the World Series winners don’t have opening day at their own ballpark? Seriously….at the Dodgers….

Anyhow, no time for that…we are busy closing business….it’s our busiest 48 hours of the year….nearly there!

2 more days….

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The end of the fiscal year is nigh…..two more days for us to wrap up business. We are still working over 100 separate possible transactions….hats off to our legal and finance team who are the hardest working people in the company at this time of the year.

After the close of the year on Thursday, we have our major product announcement coming on Tuesday, and then Wednesday we all meet to start the sales/technical training for our next fiscal year. The lucky few will be off to President’s Club the week after and so, as it ends….it begins.

Given that we now have operations in Asia Pacific and Latin America, to add to our operations in Europe and North America….there are many people working almost around the clock.

Emails were flying at 4am this morning….

We live in interesting times…

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I read two separate articles over the weekend.

Article 1 – foreclosures higher than ever, new house sales lowest ever, housing market likely to put US economy into recession again, jobs not picking up….doom, gloom

Article 2 – It’s official…Silicon Valley is back in a bubble. VCs are investing huge amounts, valuations are through the roof, irrational exuberance has returned….the good times are back

Talk about a tale of two realities/perceptions….

Here is my anecdotal assessment:

#1 Yes, private company valuations are very high

#2 Yes, many companies that are being invested in probably do not have staying power but others will generate huge returns

#3 Yes, it is becoming very difficult to recruit people in Silicon Valley – tech people are in great demand

#4 Yes, I cannot sell my house so I rented it out instead

Weird huh?

174,079th member of LinkedIn

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Received this from LinkedIn today….174,079 doesn’t really feel like early adopter but maybe when compared to 100 million members then it is.

Anyhow…nice touch I thought

Dear Gary,


I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn’s first million members (member number 174079 in fact!*). In any technology adoption lifecycle, there are the early adopters, those who help lead the way. That was you.


We hit a big milestone at LinkedIn this week when our 100 millionth member joined the site.

Major announcement – webcast details……

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Nimsoft is changing the game once again.

Don’t miss our announcement and panel discussion, live from Silicon Valley on April 5th from 8am-10am Pacific Time.

Register now for the webcast: http://live-webcast.com/events/nimsoft/announcement/registration.htm

During the webcast, we will announce our next solution designed to support the requirements of IT organizations as they move into the next level of modern IT.  This solution allows service providers and IT organizations to efficiently deliver IT Management across both internal and external IT infrastructures–including SaaS, hosted, and public and private cloud environments.

In addition, I’m very pleased to have several Nimsoft customers on our modern IT panel including Ticketmaster and HCL.  The panel will discuss the future models of computing that comprise modern IT.

John Verity, former Business Week Reporter and Technologic Partners Analyst will monitor the panel and take audience questions for an interactive event.

Are you kidding me? Whatever dude….

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I rarely comment on press posts, particularly when they include spin from companies that claim to be our competitors but actually that probably lay awake at night dreaming of how to be half the company that we are.

But…this one was just toooo funny. First, the full article is available here http://www.echannelline.com/usa/story.cfm?item=26665

It was published today on eChannelLine USA, authored by Mark Cox.

It contains comments that were attributed to the CEO of a company called uptime software. I believe that uptime provides monitoring software for small businesses. Look at these comments from their CEO:

“We were compared to Nimsoft the most, but they have pretty much disappeared in this space since CA Technologies bought them last year,” he said.”That has also left a lot of unhappy partners who used to work with Nimsoft, and that creates a real opportunity for us, because they can see a similar product in up.time….”

Some facts:

#1 When we analyze who customers evaluate as competitors to Nimsoft….this so called competitor never shows up anywhere near the top of the list, in fact I don’t think they are even in the top ten.

#2 Nimsoft has disappeared? We are signing more new logo customers than ever and continue to set new records for bookings performance. But, it is true that we see them less this year than in previous years – but our business is growing rapidly. Hmm….draw your own conclusion.

#3 A lot of unhappy partners that used to work with Nimsoft….really? I wish someone would name them because our customer and partner retention rates are excellent and we continue to sign an incredible number of new Service Provider partners.

Oh well….good luck out there. The world is littered with failed monitoring companies.

I understand that many companies would like to emulate the success of Nimsoft.

We made it!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Yes…we made it through the first year of our CA acquisition and overall I’d say that not only did we survive but we thrived.

We have doubled our headcount, increased our geographic reach, started to dominate certain markets (service providers…) and have had very little turnover of employees.

There have certainly been some challenges. Many of the things that we are doing are very new for CA and CA have had to adapt many existing ways in which they operate in order to support Nimsoft. But, for the most part they’ve been willing to listen, learn and make the necessary changes. I must say that I’ve been impressed.

Of course it helps (just a little!!!!) that we’ve had incredible executive support reflecting the vision of the executive team.

And…coming next….a major announcement at the start of April that will make people sit up and take notice. An announcement that will make people realize that Nimsoft is here to stay and is the future. In fact, for anyone that thinks that “it’s only a matter of time before CA fully integrate Nimsoft” – I think this will really signal the intentions to be very different from that.

But, we’ve got a quarter and a financial year to close before then and everyone is very focused in doing so.

Can’t wait to make the announcements…..amazing stuff.

Nimsoft now available for iPhone and iPad

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Yes….go to the App Stor and a Nimsoft application, that will allow existing customers to access Nimsoft User Interface through iOS devices, is now fully available.

Enjoy it and please give us your feedback.

Interesting comment

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

There was an interesting comment recently added to a historical post. Worth a look here. http://garyread.com/?p=587#comments

1 year on….

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Next Thursday, which also happens to be St Patrick’s day, is the one year anniversary of the CA acquisition of Nimsoft.

Promise to write some thoughts but sounds like a good excuse for a Thirsty Thursday?