Imagine - if an IT vendor had delusions of being a songwriter

Sometimes, the IT industry makes Downtime’s job very easy.

In this case, many thanks to BMC Software CIO Mark Settle, for demonstrating why IT types should never get ideas above their station.

What’s more, he even asked us to publish this – so on his own head be it.

Settle contacted a journalist based in one of Computer Weekly’s US sister-titles, remarking on an article on cloud-related marketing stunts. “It’s very, very clear that there’s a vendor feeding frenzy underway related to all things cloud,” he said.

“I was on a trip back from Asia recently and had a chance to reflect on how silly some of the cloud hype had become… so, to entertain myself, I developed a parody about cloud computing adapted to the music of John Lennon, specifically the song ‘Imagine’.”

You can see where this is going, can’t you? Like one of those slow-motion car crashes, its inevitability bounding across the horizon towards you…

“Take a look at the attachment and feel free to publish if you think it would entertain your readers,” he said.

Well, it certainly entertained Downtime. So here it is, in all its glory: one IT vendor’s attempt to be a former Beatle. Read it, and – as the saying goes – weep. Out loud.


By Mark Settle, after the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no raised floor
It’s easy if you try
No server racks around us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the meetings
That never have to be……

Imagine there’s no SAN farm
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no operators too
Imagine all the employees
Doing their jobs in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And we’ll surf the cloud as one

Imagine no fixed assets
I wonder if you can
No greedy users or insatiable developers
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the servers
Working for the world……

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
When our employees can work as one