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June 07, 2011


Doug Rainbolt

Chuck, no visit to Melbourne is complete until you’ve visited Lygon Street. And forget the tennis. Spend time instead going to an Aussie Rules Football match; preferably Carlton versus Collingwood. It will provide you a real sense of what the people of Victoria are made of. If I’m not mistaken, the players on the field run on average, 10K per game. And contact is encouraged.

The Australians are in fact early adopters for many of the reasons you alluded to. Something else that I picked up while briefly living there was just how collaborative they are. Community takes precedence over individualistic pursuits. I first learned this when designing pay incentives for a team I managed following an acquisition. Our new Australian team yawned at the notion of individual incentives but demonstrated great enthusiasm when presented with group goals. And it was something as simple as taking the entire team to the half-day cricket match if the mates collectively met the company goals. They achieved, and off we went. And it was certainly less expensive than the alternative. And it is this collaboration at a macro level that I think accelerates their rate of new technology adoption. It also probably also shapes their perspectives too on the use cases involving big data access. Designing rich integrated collaborative processes into cloud based applications will probably be the practice.

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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.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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