Adding SlideRocket to the VMware Portfolio

This is an interesting acquisition for VMware. Looks like they are adding a missing piece to their end-user computing portfolio with SlideRocket. What I like is that it’s a modern application built for the cloud. It’s no secret that we are seeing and will see more, and more, applications be delivered from the cloud.

According to the VMware Press Release:

The acquisition of SlideRocket advances VMware’s vision for a modern end-user computing model leveraging cloud computing to securely deliver access to applications and data from any device, where and when a user needs it. Presentation software is second only to email as the most widely used business software. Delivering this critical business solution in a modern, cloud-oriented model will help VMware drive a new model for end user computing for the enterprise.

“The modern end-user environment is mobile, social, collaborative and delivered via the cloud – characteristics that legacy PC-era technologies could never have anticipated,” said Brian Byun, VP and general manager, VMware. “VMware is at the forefront of building the core cloud computing infrastructure and enables users to gain ever greater value from cloud-based solutions. SlideRocket’s cloud-based architecture, innovative design, and strong integration with other cloud applications and services have transformed a decades-old business productivity software and redefined the way we consume and communicate information."

I was not initially excited about this announcement, but I will be giving it a try. It will be interesting to see how they incorporate SlideRocket into the portfolio and what they will be changing, if anything. One thing is for sure, VMware is working hard to deliver a complete one-stop solution for customers.

What were your initial thoughts when you heard about this acquisition? Is this something you think your IT team will offer to their end-users? Please let me know on Twitter, and thanks for reading.