Guest post – Michael Miller, Vice President, Alliances and Marketing, SUSE
To accelerate our growth as we become an independent business unit, SUSE is re-doubling our focus on the enterprise Linux market. We will continue to deliver a rock-solid and easy-to-manage platform for the key environments our customers demand – physical and virtual, on-premise and in the cloud. We will focus, innovate and lead, by delivering solutions that help IT and the business become more agile, efficient and responsive.
As a result of this increased focus on our core market, we will better align our future investments with business results. Focusing on what matters most to customers is the key to our innovation strategy and will drive the growth of our business. This has meant reductions in certain areas, such as Mono. However, Mono remains part of the SUSE business and should customer demand for Mono products accelerate, our development efforts will rapidly respond. Regardless, we will continue to provide maintenance and support for all Mono products – MonoTouch, Mono for Android, Mono Tools for Visual Studio and SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension.
Our robust support for other OSS projects continues as strong as ever. We're ardent supporters of openSUSE, Linux kernel, Xen, KVM, GNOME, KDE and Linux-HA, among countless others. Since the company's founding in 1992, open source has been at the heart of our business and we look forward to playing a pivotal role in numerous open source communities for decades to come. SUSE remains a Gold Member of the Linux Foundation and we are privileged to provide financial support, development contributions, technical expertise, mentorship and promotional support to many of the people and organizations that make our Linux ecosystem so dynamic.
We're excited about the future of SUSE, as our increased focus will help us better serve customers and ultimately take share in this rapidly growing market. IDC's recent report on the Linux market shows that Novell/SUSE has increased our market share in each of the last three years – the only vendor to do so! With an even sharper focus on our core business, greater prominence for the SUSE brand, and closer collaboration with customers, partners and communities, we're aiming even higher.