By Len Rosenthal, Chief Marketing Officer
From incredible sports moments like the Cubs finally winning the World Series, to the unprecedented political happenings in the U.S. and abroad, 2016 was the year of change. And for the Virtual Instruments team, this couldn’t be more true. A merger, an acquisition, product enhancements and new executive hires all factored into our journey to define the application-centric IPM market.
This year started and ended with customer-driven decisions. Earlier in 2016, we successfully merged with Load DynamiX, the leader in storage performance analytics. Our customers had been asking for tighter integration between Load DynamiX Enterprise and VirtualWisdom, and what better way than to physically merge the two companies? The pairing provided immediate customer benefits, as the combined offering gives them a predictive understanding of how the adoption of new networked storage technology will affect their application performance.
Fast forward to the end of 2016: Virtual Instruments acquired Xangati, a hybrid cloud and virtualization performance management company. As the industry transitions to a hybrid data center model, the acquisition of Xangati strengthens our ability to provide better application and infrastructure performance visibility. The addition of Xangati, combined with the Load DynamiX merger, brought us closer to our goal of a purpose-built, application-centric IPM platform that is truly vendor-agnostic, analytics-driven and delivers performance insight in real time.
But success isn’t just about the technology. It’s also about the people. We merged three unique company cultures and welcomed talented new members across our engineering, services, QA, and sales organizations, and in the end, came out with the strongest possible team. New leadership hires such as president Ray Villeneuve and senior vice president of engineering Lisa Alger brought fresh perspectives and helped drive these new teams to success.
Customers have been at the core of our business decisions since the beginning of Virtual Instruments, but this year we took that to an even deeper level. I am thrilled to be able to announce that VI also achieved profitability in 2016, our first year in the black.
So, I’ll end this post with a simple message: thank you. Virtual Instruments has the best, most forward thinking customers in the industry. You push us to innovate and stay on top of our game. I pledge that we’ll keep that up in 2017 and beyond. I’m excited to see what we can do together.