Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to watch our CFO Mark Garrett sit down and interview EMC’s president and COO David Goulden at a Churchill Club event held at the Four Seasons Palo Alto. It was a lively conversation given the duo’s history – Mark and Goulden go back 11 years to when EMC first acquired the company Documentum where Mark was CFO. More than a decade later, the two came together to exchange their thoughts on the Big Data landscape, with their conversation covering everything from the art of successful M&A to the “third platform” as EMC’s strategic focus. According to Goulden, quoting analyst firm IDC, the first platform was mainframes, second was client/server, third is cloud/mobile/social. Platforms aside, there was a lot of discussion about EMC’s federated model, where some acquisitions run as separate companies including standalone sales forces, while other acquisitions are integrated. Mark kept the interview dynamic and drew quite a few laughs. If he ever decides to leave the CFO world, we think he has a future in creating a business talk show and giving Charlie Rose a run for his money! If you missed the event, you can watch the full conversation between Mark and Goulden below.