What do VMware and Salesforce.com have in common?

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
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VMware and Salesforce.com separately say "yes" to HTML 5 at their respective flagship conferences this week.

HTML 5. This week at VMworld in Las Vegas and Dreamforce in San Francisco, both companies pushed HTML 5 as a "write once, deliver everywhere" mechanism. IT managers who are hearing about the "consumerization of IT" might use this time to ask, "how much longer can IE 6 be the corporate standard web browser?"The answer might be influenced by the platform. On a traditional desktop, used by one person, processing routine work using Microsoft desktop installed tools, the answer might just be, "IE 6 will be around until the building is torn down."

For mobile workers and workers for whom social collaboration is the norm, the answer is "IE 6 isn't supported today."

It's not insignificant that 20,000 attendees at VMworld and that many or more at Dreamforce embraced the message of HTML 5.

If I may characterize in very broad strokes, the VMworld audience was composed of "the face of IT" as we like to say at eWEEK. In the trenches, operations people and their managers. The Dreamforce audience is much more of a sales and marketing crowd, but still heavily tilted towards "the face of IT" that is prone to be a tablet-toting, cloud-sourcing, service customizing kind of person. That so many people from these two important areas of IT professionals nodded "yes" when the keynotes sounded the call for HTML 5 adoption, signals to me that the keynote is worth paying attention to.

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