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February 28, 2012


Ken Carroll

This is a very interesting, well written and on-the-mark post. I can say this from direct & personal experience, one in which we produced considerable success by identifying & addressing the items you've highlighted here. Most of our IT groups didn't recognize how much things had really changed and were not producing critical results during the 2008 market turmoil. Only by fundamentally changing the model of cooperation between business & IT, taking risks with new processes and technologies, focusing on some related critical areas rather than boiling the ocean, working through organizational boundaries, building the right team with the right people including some new, financing it appropriately and over-communicating, did we clear the FUD and have what turned into foundational & transformative success. You have identified all the major hurdles in your article and I have also seen where these were not done leading to failures.

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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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