Joel, I remember Lou Gerstener was constantly dinged for not having "the vision thing" after IBM had been pummeled and humilated by none other than Microsoft over the failed OS/2 partnership. Gerstner stuck to his guns, kept the company together and scoffed at the vision thing. And he won. Microsoft has fallen nowhere near as far as IBM had by 1993, but it badly needs a shot in the arm. We'll see if that shot is Nadella.
I guess the next question is what should Nadella do in his first six months as CEO. With Gates and Ballmer still on the board w newcomer John Thompson and Nadella, I'd love to be a fly on the wall in those board meetings.
I share your view on Nadella, Chris. He seems right on paper and I could not envision car and plane guy Alan Mulally running the/a software giant. A digital background is required. As for Gates weighing back in, I am not so sure. I sort of see Ballmer and him as interchangeable. It sure isn't energizing the stock market today (DJ down 100 at this posting)
I like the start small approach...what they used to call a skunk works except that the chosen group does not have to be a secret. Like several have said here, this requires communicating values (new and old), rewards and goals to achieve the cultural transformation the CIO and others leaders are looking for.
Gartner says a quarter of large organizations will have chief data officers by 2015. Scattered across a dozen companies, they number about 100 with 65% in the U.S. and 20% in the U.K., according to a story in Cloudpro.com.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.