Earlier in the year I said that joining EMC would turbocharge Pivotal Labs’ business, and that is certainly proving to be the case. Today I am very pleased to announce the launch of Pivotal’s new product management practice, expanded design services, and the opening soon of two regional offices in Boston and Los Angeles, as well as our first office in Europe, to be based in London. To help guide the company during this growth stage we have appointed several executives to lead key business functions.
Our product management and design services can now help clients plan, define, prioritize, and design their entire product and strategic roadmap to promote greater efficiency throughout the entire development process. We can take great satisfaction in knowing we are helping our clients build quality products and deliver them to market faster through our focus on a creative culture and uniquely disciplined processes.
No doubt those of you who spend any appreciable time at Pivotal will have noticed a few new faces in the hallways. I am delighted to formally announce several executive appointments:
- Edward Hieatt, who has served as our Vice President of Engineering, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer;
- Matt Eng has been appointed Chief Financial Officer;
- Drew McManus will lead the new design and product management practice as Vice President of Product;
- Melissa Dyrdahl has joined as Vice President of Marketing.
At the end of the day it’s all about delivering results faster while continuing to focus on improving the customer experience. Our clients have asked Pivotal for these new services, and we are proud to be able to deliver them.
I’m delighted to announce the acquisition of Pivotal Labs by EMC. When we founded Pivotal, many years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine the company we would become. But thanks to our dedicated employees, and the support of incredible clients and partners, we have succeeded in creating something unique. Along the way, we’ve challenged conventional methods of software development, and we’ve built a culture that encourages discipline while fostering creativity.
Throughout the years, we have occasionally had conversations with investors and other companies whose resources would provide us with greater flexibility in growing the company. But we’ve been very selective, and haven’t pursued those opportunities in the past.
In 2011, EMC became a client, through their Greenplum division. From the start we were impressed by EMC’s reputation and the respect they have for our culture and development methods. The more we explored the possibility of working with EMC, the more intrigued we became about what we could accomplish together.
For EMC, acquiring Pivotal provides expertise that enhances their ability to meet customers’ needs for cutting edge software development. EMC is confident that our methods can bring substantial benefits to the complex challenges of Big Data.
For Pivotal, I’m confident that joining EMC will turbocharge our business - allowing us to do more, faster - without changing our culture or the practices that are core to our success. We’ll increase the number and variety of clients we work with both in our current locations and in new offices as we expand to additional locations; we will invest in more resources for Tracker; and - equally important - we are committed to continuing to work with the most promising and most interesting start-ups on the planet.
I’m exceptionally proud of what all of us at Pivotal have built, and I’m looking forward to an extremely bright future as part of EMC.