After having lived in China since May 2012, I’ve been fortunate to have met with the leaders of most multinational software companies, leaders of local firms as well as industry analysts. My inspiration for this blog is based on a conversation I had with a senior leader at a leading “cloud” provider. (more…)
I’m sitting in the Taiwan airport on my way to Guangzhou. We just completed the Informatica World Tour in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan, and I’ve had the opportunity to deliver the keynote presentation, Maximize Your Return on Big Data.
All of our audiences exceeded our expectations. We had 50% more attendees than planned. Why? Big data. It is a hot topic and everyone is trying to determine how to leverage big data in their enterprise to get a competitive advantage. At the event, I made the point – if you’re not trying to understand how to leverage big data in your enterprise, your successor will. Kitty Fok, the IDC China Country Manager, spoke after me. Her consistent comment was – “if your company isn’t looking to leverage big data, you will be out of business.” (more…)
I had a conversation with our CFO last year regarding securing the enterprise to support mobility. I said the answer is really easy. In fact, it will reduce cost. (more…)
I recently returned from China and Hong Kong after having met with several CIOs, media and analysts, as well as delivering keynotes focused on customer centricity. When I return to the US after traveling, I’m often asked about the state of IT in the geography I was just in. I’ve been to both China and Hong Kong several times over the past few years, and from my perspective, IT is maturing at a very rapid pace in that region.
During prior trips to Asia, it felt like the old days of data processing. I would speak with senior IT leaders and they were more concerned with the “blocking and tackling” of IT, and not looking at how IT can provide a strategic competitive advantage. Specifically in China, IT leadership was comfortable scaling by applying people to the problem rather than using commercial software. (more…)
Tony Young, Informatica CIO, shares his views about how IT organizations can contribute significantly to bottom line business benefits. He discusses the traditional IT “Keep The Lights On” model, where nearly 80% of IT spend is focused on maintaining existing infrastructure and 20% on innovation. Moving forward, Tony is shifting his focus, as well as his teams, toward a majority of time and resources being focused on innovation. Informatica’s CIO also shares his views about which technologies he is most excited about this year, including virtualization and cloud. Tony also discusses how he is making the user experience at Informatica as seamless as possible for all employees, no matter what location they are in, role they have or device they are using.
What technologies are you most excited about in 2011 that will help you drive more high level activities?
In the February 26, 2011 edition of InformationWeek, Chris Murphy wrote a compelling article reinforcing the need for IT to move faster. He highlighted several CIOs and what they are doing to move more quickly. Examples included:
- Dropping project cycle time from six to three months based on analyzing project data and baselining techniques
- Developing data centers and software development models that work off of a common set of standards for everything (factory approach)
- Deploying a minimal set of functionality, e.g. iPod touch for POS, and then seeing what suggestions for new innovation are unveiled
- Adopting new delivery models such as Agile (more…)
Many of us read reports from industry pundits as well as the latest industry rags and hear the “experts” describe the latest trends. A lot of these for the most part, don’t come to fruition. The most unfortunate part is that our bosses and internal customers read these reports as gospel and we spend our time debunking a lot of the myths.
An area that is much hyped is the Cloud. The question is whether or not this is fact or fiction. Today, I will focus on SaaS in particular, as even the word Cloud conjures up conflicting images. In my world, SaaS is real. The most compelling metric is that in 2010, the number of Cloud apps exceeded our on-premise apps, and the impact on our business and IT has been profound. Let me repeat, SaaS exceeds on-premise apps! (more…)
At Informatica World 2010 in Washington, D.C., we had several key announcements for the Informatica Marketplace. There was such a high degree of interest at the event that our booth at the Partner Pavillion was stacked three-deep with people trying to get more information.
Why so much interest? Developers understood the value. They saw the opportunity to be the “hero” in their organization. They saw three key benefits:
1) Extend their capacity
2) Solve problems faster
3) Improve productivity (more…)