Bert Odinet is the Global CIO at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. A Fortune 500 company, Freeport has operations in the North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Freeport is the world’s largest publicly traded producer of copper and molybdenum. And it’s the single largest taxpayer in Indonesia, where it owns the world’s [...]
The upside of free markets is that they typically bring out the best in everyone. The downside is that free markets are crowded with vendors who compete for your business. That’s good and bad for CIOs. The good part is that you have more choice and more leverage over pricing. The bad part [...]
Tod Nielsen is Co-President of Applications Platform at VMware, the global leader in virtualization technology. When I asked Tod to list the major challenges facing organizations as they move toward greater use of the cloud, his reply focused on people and processes – and not on technology. Here’s a summary of what he [...]
While we were collecting data for our new book, “On Top of the Cloud,” we asked several of our sources to list the due diligence questions every CIO should ask before moving an IT service into the cloud. The responses we received from Trae Chancellor were truly exceptional, and I wanted to share them with [...]
When Clifton (Clif) Triplett confronts a complex IT challenge, he often reflects on his 10-year career as a U.S. Army officer. “Saying ‘no’ was not an option,” says Clif. “We were expected to build systems that could survive being blown up or infiltrated.”
Dave Smoley is SVP and CIO at Flextronics, a Fortune Global 500 design, manufacture, distribution and after-market services company. Based in Singapore, Flextronics operates in 23 countries – it is truly a global enterprise.
Complexity can become a challenge for large companies. Smart companies strive for speed and simplicity whenever possible. That’s one [...]
I recently had the opportunity to interview Steve Phillpott, the CIO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals. Steve is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and he spent several years as a naval aviator, flying jets from aircraft carriers. Like pilots everywhere, Steve is extremely careful. But once he’s determined the risks and figured out [...]
Everyone, it seems, has their own view about the evolutionary stages of IT. It usually sounds something like this: First came the mainframe era, then the client-server era, then the PC era, then the Internet era, then the SOA era, then the cloud era …
But after speaking recently with Esat Sezer, I [...]
Becky Blalock is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Atlanta-based Southern Company. With 4.4 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Southern Company is the premier energy provider in the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a [...]
Innovation comes in many forms and dimensions. You can find innovation in every part of the enterprise: procurement, HR, finance, IT, operations, organizational development, product development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, distribution, fulfillment, customer service. Human beings are born to innovate. It’s part of our DNA.