Mike has spent 30 years at HP in development, product management and latterly, product marketing.
Mike's team is responsible for marketing cross-IT solutions for HP Software including cloud, application transformation, and converged infrastructure.
Knowledge is power and really understanding customer needs is leverage no matter who you are. The hope would be is that the CMO and CIO would have similar, deep and current understanding of customers and be in lock step in how to approach and manage them. Attending sales meetings is a great idea assuming real customer knowledge is on the display there (you know what sales meetings can be like, Deb-:)
It was a remarkable feature and showed the human side of long job searches. You knew they were out there, but getting individuals to open up is difficult. Sometimes, their severance packages legally bars them from even mentioning their former employer.
Great point about that getting fired is often the best thing than can happen. It sets some off on wonderful new paths...and others, as you say, "sink into paralyzing depression." Very sad.
I learned long ago that no one is indispensable...from Gates, Jobs, Brin and Zuckerberg on down. Everyone runs up against the limits of their abilities.
Enterprises are being crushed by the weight of their bloated application portfolios, according to a new 40-page report from Capgemini entitled "Application Landscape Report 2014."
"The weight of application landscapes is reaching critical mass; disruptive technologies have emerged. It is no longer a question of “whether” to rationalize, but rather “when” and “how” to do it," the report says in the executive summary.
The number of small/medium businesses in the world is growing. This is, of course, recognized by governments – many Prime Ministers and Presidents are looking to SMB’s to lead their countries out of recession.
I see this trend inside HP marketing. We are increasingly using SMB’s for campaign material generation, newsletter generation, and so on.