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December 07, 2007



Good one, Chuck. Another item that is talked about a lot but which I think we're only just beginning to understand is the global dimension. The offshoring-for-cost trend has morphed into globalsourcing-for-expertise, and the result is a massive cross-cultural coordination/collaboration problem. All of a sudden we're in a world where the component parts of IT/business processes are distributed globally. IT is pretty well set up now to deal with the network communications and time zone aspects of this, but not so much on language, culture, etc. Everybody I talk to is struggling with some dimension of this. To "use the brains of others" as you put it, or build the "social computer", somehow you have to first develop understanding of the cultures those other brains came from...

Chuck Hollis

Hi Tom -- you're right, I missed this big one.

Not only do I see the effect you're talking about in spades, I also see IT organizations struggle miserably to "open up" their castles to allow the organization to work productively with others.

Not a week goes by when I don't meet someone who's struggling with this issue -- they need to collaborate globally, but their IT model assumes that no one can be trusted.

Hard to say which way this one goes!

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

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