Last week I interviewed Patricia Morrison, Motorola's CIO. She joined Motorola in July 2005 after stints at Office Depot, Quaker Oats (where she engineered the integration into PepsiCo's systems after the acquisition) and GE Industrial Systems. She is used to working with budgets in the hundreds of millions and trying to keep the IT wheels on the tracks at the same time as she is moving fast to adopt more modern and adaptable technologies.
In our interview, Morrison discussed efforts to consolidate Motorola's growing supply chain (in the third quarter Motorola produced 53.7 million units, which was more units than all of 2005) and consolidate network infrastructure. Using Web services Motorola has reduced cranking up a new supplier from several months to two to three weeks. She also talked about internal beta testing of its products, such as Q smartphone and WiMax wireless networking; the impact of RFID; dealing with 320 locations across 73 countries; getting at one source of the 'truth'; and the challenges of integrating acquisitions, such as the company's most recent catches, Symbol and Good Technologies.