Firstly, I hope that you, your family and community are safe during these difficult times. For capioIT, this week is a time of positive reflection.
The world in 2010 was a very different place. A lot can happen in 10 years.
- AWS opened its first Asia Pacific Region in Singapore – it now has nine regions,
- Salesforce had revenue of US$1.3B. Last quarter revenue was US$5.1B.
- HP was a US$126Billion integrated company that sold everything from Printers to Processing Services.
- Xero had 17,000 subscribers; it now has 2.4 million.
- We were excited by the launch of the iPad, now consumers and businesses have the choice of 5 iPad form factors.
- I didn’t have any kids under 10, and now I have two high schoolers and a uni student at home.
- Game of Thrones had not launched on TV, and Netflix was almost two years away from releasing its own content.
- And, perhaps most bitingly, for those who follow Rugby and the Wallabies, it was “only” 8 years since Australia had won the Bledisloe Cup. Now it is 18 years …..
capioIT was also born
September 23rd marks the 10th birthday of capioIT. A low key celebration given the times in which we live, but I am proud that not many small businesses, in the analyst world or otherwise have been blessed to achieve that. I had big dreams when I went out on my own to set up an analyst firm that was independent, close to the market and innovative in thought, approach and outcomes. I believe that we are still fulfilling those goals and ambitions; I have never lost sight of them, and cannot wait for the next ten years.
I have engaged with countless IT and business executives at all ends of the world. We have been able to help clients with issues that range from the expected such as cloud strategies, migration to digital accounting and government procurement of IT. Then there are the more unexpected projects such as shopping centre car parking technology, road toll billing systems automation and identifying a technology services provider for a resources company in Mozambique.
We have focused on what matters to the business and technology market. The shift towards real digital has accelerated, although not without difficulties. Data should lead everything, Cloud is accepted as the future, the customer experience is central, and IT works more closely with the business and can deliver measured outcomes. These are all reasons to be optimistic about the next ten years, despite the difficulties faced at the moment resulting from the COVID pandemic.
Thank you to everyone that has supported us, to friends, colleagues, partners, vendors and enterprises. I could not have done it without the support, and I look forward to the future.
The final word cannot ignore that capioIT was established on Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. That may not have been a coincidence; I guess you could say I was Born to Run capioIT.