Its these times that make you think the whole exec team is playing poker with the street...
I really don't think Pat has it in him to take VMW to the next level. Its just maintenance from not and no innovation/evolution. The approval ratings on Glassdoor for the new CEO Pat is also a spot for concern.
As an ex-employee I think we really hit a stride when Paul was at the helm.
As for Pat he still needs to prove himself, only time and earnings will tell.
But since he was heading Intel prior, that should set a tone for what is coming to VMW.
My .02 cents ex-vmware (2006-2012)