The following post does not reflect anything about Activlan business guide line, just my personal point of view because I need and I want to make things clear for everyone.

People who know me know I chose every technology because I need the best one, the one that fit to requirement, budget etc… Now I can hear from time to time rumours going on (it always does, and for everyone…) But this one is about me and my relationship with some software vendors, and more exactly User Environment software vendors… I had to deal with small, large and very large contract last couple of years and I had to choose the best technology regarding the project I was working on. I had to choose the best one, not because I have a friend in AppSense or RES or Norskale, but I had to choose the software that was simply the one that fitted the need at the project’s moment. I don’t need to justify any of these choices to YOU (UEM softwares vendors) I need to justify my technical choices to my customers.

Since few years, some people are rumouring I don’t like RES, I prefer AppSense… That’s not true, I chose one of them few times, if I will need to do it again, I will compare again to check which product will be the best for my project (This is simple but it still need to be explained)

Now since few month I can hear people rumouring and asking me why I don’t like Norskale… So again, when I will have a project which need a User Environment Manager software, I won’t handicap myself by not looking around what Norkskale have to offer !

UEM software vendors, you sell UEM softwares (I know not only but yeah…) All of you are in my company’s toolbox, in mine, I use my tool box and chose what tool will be the best to help me to build my projects, sometime this is one tool, sometime some other. I don’t understand why this software vendor war is still going on and why it needs to be so dirty and lame. Just do the best product the cheapest possible and I can assure you I will choose you. That’s the fuck it ! < means “simple as that” 🙂

For everyone who is use to read my blog, I think this is the first time I “complain” about something here, so I don’t think it will happen again 🙂 I don’t have that much time to post new stuff, I have a lot of blog I need to finish to write and read again before posting it. It will come very soon, all very hot and very cool blog post 🙂

Have a wonderful Christmas and cheers everyone !

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  • Hi Stephane,

    Olivier here (CEO Norskale)

    At Norskale, we are not too sure how to understand your post. There was certainly no complaint on our side. Especially that as we have not been involved in any deal where you are present. Plus we are careful not to enter the eventual silly and counterproductive mudslinging contest that seemingly takes place on the UEM market.

    Tool choice is evidently the tech lead/architect prerogative and the only responsibility they have is toward their customers. That also means Architects have to do their minimum due diligence around solutions: having a look at it and eventually testing it.

    Unfortunately and despite a few attempts on our side, you have not had a chance to attend the basic 1 hour webex needed to look at what we do. Let alone testing it. So I am sure you must be reserving your opinion on which vendor to use. That is until you will find the time to have a basic overview of our capabilities.

    A few facts:
    1. We have won every customers that have done a POC with us over the last 3 months (i.e. since we started to sell the product) and all these deals were competitive with other options. Some of these deals are to global and key accounts who have thoroughly tested all options on the market.

    2. VUEM is proven to deliver a much faster and stable user experience than any other option

    3. Norskale has a TCO (license cost multiple time cheaper , service cost multiple time cheaper, management cost multiple time cheaper) many time inferior to the one proposed by historical players.

    4. We are so easy to use that any junior admin fresh from school is fully qualified in one day

    5. We are fully installed and configured in a couple of days. Maybe in a week for the most complex environment such as invest Banking, Pharma, etc…

    We would be very keen to show you what we do as I am sure you would agree your customer deserve the right to compare. So please let us know when you will want to see what we do. Just to make yourself an informed opinion.



  • Daniel LEGRAND

    Completely agree with you Stéphane.
    It’s a eternal discussion…
    And you (I too) follow the good way

  • Olivier,

    You miss my point here. I know what Norskale is doing, i like it and i find it very good to have another UEM software vendor in the party, in the end we have more evolution and innovations for a cheaper price.

    My point is, people speaking on my behalf to everyone around, i don’t like it and I’m tired of hearing bullshit.

    I wasn’t refering to Norskale or people at Norskale to make things clear (neither AppSense or RES in fact !)

    Have nice Christmas holidays