CA World 2016 has come and gone, but its impact in the industry still reverberates. It was easily the most impactful and engaging CA World of the seven in which Simeio has participated. It’s always fun to see old friends and make new ones!
It started with an invitation to the Partner Advisory Board. Simeio was invited, along with other strategic CA partners, such as Deloitte, PWC, EY and HPE. The Board received a presentation about the latest developments in the CA security product lineup. The members of the Board provided feedback about the messaging of CA’s newest products. The opportunity to collaborate at this level was a reminder of the strong, strategic partnership Simeio enjoys with CA.
The Partner Summit was held the next day. Session after session hosted by members of CA’s leadership team, including Mike Gregoire, CEO, and Adam Elster, President Global Operations, emphasized the strategic importance of partners to CA’s near and long-term business plan. It was exciting to see the revenue targets that SVP John Eldh, Global Channel Leader, is expecting from CA’s strategic partners.
At the end of the Partner Summit, CA recognized partners who had delivered outstanding value in the past 12 months. Imagine our surprise when Simeio was named a finalist for the Partner of the Year in the Disruptor category! But the best was yet to come… Simeio WON the Partner of the Year award in the Delighting the Customer category! Tony Jennings, CA’s North American VP of Channel, presented the awards. The Simeio teams that work on customer sites as well as remotely, from our global Identity Intelligence Centers, truly deserve the credit – this is THEIR award!
The next day, CA’s Mo Rosen, GM of the Security BU, delivered the Keynote Address for Security. At the conclusion of the Keynote, he presented Customer VIP Awards. We were thrilled to learn that our customer, Best Western, was named VIP Customer of the Year for “Progress”. Harold Dibler, Denise Tedeschi and Boyan Vassilev accepted the award on behalf of the Best Western team. This recognition happened right on the heels of Best Western Hotels & Resorts receiving recognition as a finalist for ISE North American Project of the Year award in the Commercial category. Today, Best Western secures its 25 million members using Simeio IDaaS powered by CA Security: CA Identity Suite, CA SSO and CA Advanced Authentication.
Later in the conference, Simeio had the privilege of hosting two educational sessions:
- Ed Pascua moderated a discussion between Harold Dibler and Boyan Vassilev as they explained the different phases of the Best Western project, the value delivered to the business and the key lessons learned.
- Dave Culbertson, VP, Global Advisor (CA), and Shawn Keve (Simeio) shared insights from a detailed survey of 210 C-level executives.
To put an exclamation mark on our CA World experience, Simeio was featured in a press release with CA and quoted in a CRN Magazine article. The buzz and activity at CA World, the quality of the sessions, and most important of all, the enthusiasm expressed by so many satisfied customers make it evident that CA is on the right track with their strategy around CA Security. We’re excited about what’s ahead and can’t wait for CA World 2017!
Ed Pascua, SVP Channel Sales
and the Simeio Team