Today, I am attending the funeral of Tomoaki Sawada, also known as Sawada-san. To me, he was a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. We met four years ago. Back then, I had visited Japan three times, in 1991, 1999, and 2006. Now, I live in Tokyo one week a month, and owe this lifestyle to him. I had an early interest in Japan, and Sawada-san turned it into a love affair. I would fly over the Pacific, and he would take me over the bridge that brings two cultures together. [Read more…]
Following Intalio’s presentation in London yesterday, Aditya Tuli wrote a critical yet constructive post commenting on the announcements we made recently. I have to agree with most of Aditya’s points, and would like to take advantage of this opportunity to clarify a couple of items. First, Intalio|Cloud is indeed targetted at larger organizations, especially the Managed On-Premises option, mainly because this product was designed in partnership with our larger customers. That being said, Intalio|Cloud is also available to much smaller teams, with the On Demand option. Second, we said very little about Intalio|BPM Community Edition indeed, and I will make sure to cover it in more details today in Helsinki, tomorrow in Brussels, and later this week in Paris and Frankfurt. Furthermore, we remain fully committed to our community, and have just put the final touches on Intalio|BPM Developer Edition, which will be formally released on June 16. Aditya, many thanks for your feedback and support. I very much look forward to your comments in Intalio|BPM and Intalio|CRM once you find some time to play with them.
We just signed our first two Intalio|Cloud Managed On-Premises customers. More soon…
We just released a screencast showing how to model and execute a process from a spreadsheet! This is what we call a Process Table, and it’s part of the new release of Intalio|CRM to be available on June 2nd. Congratulations to Antoine and his team for this amazing piece of work, direct result of our Dogfood Project, and first creation of what will soon be called Intalio Labs.
As many of my readers know, I love computers. At any given point in time I use a couple of desktops and three or four laptops. But I have a real fascination for larger systems, which is why I studied parallel computing in graduate school. Today, I fulfilled one my dreams: building a really large machine. We just published some more details about the Intalio|Cloud Appliance Model C1 Mark I, including a full list of components, and detailed specifications. This is a superlative computer in every possible way, with the most cutting edge hardware and software money can buy. Serial Number 00000001 is standing proud in our new data-center (the same as Facebook’s), waiting for us to put some serious load onto it (our on-demand offering is currently hosted on Amazon EC2).
Here is what the Mark I gives you:
- Standard 19” Rack
- 16 Compute Blades
- 16 Storage Blades
- 32 Quad Core Intel Xeon X5570 2.93GHz CPUs
- 128 CPU Cores
- 2.3TB 1333MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 24.5TB Solid Stage Drive Database Storage
- 560TB Hard Disk Drive File Storage
- InfiniBand QDR Networking Fabric
- Gigabit Ethernet Networking Connectivity
- Directly Attached SAS Storage Connectivity
- 1 Management Server
- 1 Screen, Keyboard, and Touchpad
We’re now working on the Mark II model, which will break the Petabyte barrier.
When announcing a new product or a new strategy, some things usually get lost in translation, either because you did not get a chance to personally brief the journalist or analyst who wrote a piece on your announcement, or because the story just wasn’t solid enough. To my surprise, none of that happened with the launch of Intalio|BPM, Intalio|CRM, and Intalio|Cloud last week. While we released four new products (including a hardware appliance) and laid out a fairly complex story, everybody got it, down to the most subtle details of our business model (managed on-premises). Some of the best articles came from Brenon Daly, James Taylor, and Phil Wainewright.
It looks like we hit a chord…
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Intalio and never dared to ask.
Over the years, Intalio has made numerous contributions to the developers community, through the creation of many Open Source projects, and the donation of code bases worth millions of dollars. After ten years, we feel that time has come for us to support other communities as well, and we are creating the Intalio Foundation to support this effort. As a first project, the Intalio Foundation will make our business applications available to communities of non-profit organizers, artists, and solo entrepreneurs. The Foundation’s initial endowment will be one free user account for every ten accounts of Intalio|BPM and Intalio|CRM On-Demand sold between June 1st 2009 and May 30th 2010, with an initial grant of 100 seats worth over $100,000. If your organization qualifies for such a grant, or you know an organization that does, please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We just published our utility-based pricing for private cloud computing.
We did it! Today, Intalio successfully released Intalio|BPM Business Edition, Intalio|CRM, Intalio|Cloud, and the Intalio|Cloud Appliance, plus a working version of the ultra-cool Process Table built for the Dogfood Project, powered by a preview release of the brand-new Intalio|BPM Developer Edition and fully integrated with Intalio|CRM. Registrations for Intalio|BPM and Intalio|CRM On-Demand are now open, and everything seems to be working flawlessly. Of course, we’re still in Beta for both products, so bugs are to be expected, but at least we’re live. We also announced two acquisitions: ProcessSquare in Germany (we never formally announced it until now) and CodeGlide in Argentina. A short version of our big story is available on this press release, and the full story is on the updated Intalio website. Rock on!
Tomorrow, Intalio will release four new products, two of which are available on-demand, and one is made of atoms rather than bits. We will also announce the closing of another acquisition that is taking the company to a whole new level. As a result, we had to make significant changes to our website, move to a much larger data-center, implement native multi-tenancy in many parts of our product stack, integrate our online applications with our marketing automation, salesforce automation, billing, and accounting systems, all while putting the final touch on Intalio|BPM 6.0. In other words, we’ve been pretty busy. If you want to know more about what’s going on at Intalio, check our website tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10am PDT, or join us for the launch party.
While Facebook is moving out of Palo Alto downtown, Intalio|Cloud is moving into the same datacenter used by Facebook. We just received our first blade servers from HP this morning, and are working around the clock for the May 19 launch. If you want to know what this is all about, join us for the launch party.
On May 19, 2009, Intalio will change the forecast on cloud computing.
Meet us at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at 10AM PST.
Intalio is days away from closing an acquisition that will be quite a game changer. While we were working on this deal, the quarter shaped up pretty well from a bookings standpoint, and we decided to raise our target by 15% two months into it. Today, I am pleased to report that we not only made our original target, but we also exceeded our revised target by another 3%. Not bad in such challenging economic times… In the meantime, another family got a new addition yesterday: Tao Aidan Chang Ghalimi made his way out to the world, just in time to close this quarter in style. Exciting times…
When I started Intalio ten years ago, I wanted to build a Transactional Workflow System. Intalio’s CTO Assaf Arkin did not like the term “workflow,” which he felt carried too much legacy, hence we re-branded our product a Business Process Management System (BPMS). That was back in June 2000. Since then, the term BPM has been largely over-exposed, and failed to describe the completeness of our vision. Later on, Gartner came up with the concept of a Business Process Platform, and we adopted it, although quite reluctantly. More recently, Cordys started talking about a Business Operations Platform, and this terminology really resonated with me. To a large extent, what we’re building is akin to a Business Operating System, but this term has been used to describe many different things (Cf. Wikipedia), and the word “System” fails to describe a platform that could be used across organizations’ boundaries (for what used to be called B2B). Therefore, we shall call our product a Business Operating Platform. [Continue…]