I hear a lot about change control these days. During the Churchill Club CIO panel discussion last week, Randall Spratt, CIO of McKesson Corp.
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With a name that's impossible to live up to, Genius Inc. launched what company CEO David Thompson called the industry's "first on-demand customer intelligence solution that turns sales professionals into sales geniuses.
On April 26, the Churchill Club held a panel discussion, "The CIO Agenda: Building the New IT" (podcast here). The panelists include four CIOs--Lars Rabbe of Yahoo (listen to my separate podcast interview with Raabe), Geir Ramleth of Bechtel Group, John Johnson of Intel and Randall Spratt of McKesson Corp.
Lars Rabbe has been riding a tiger. As CIO for Yahoo the last three years, Rabbe had to deal with the rapid growth and scaling of the Web portal's IT and infrastructure services.
In addition to apologizing to my wife and my Mom (both dedicated mothers that I would have liked to spend the sacred day with), I'd like to personally thank Gartner for ruining this year's Mother's Day by starting Gartner Symposium and ITxpo on Sunday, May 14. Even May 15 (the day after Mother's Day) is a bad idea since many of us have to travel on the 14th just to get there in time for the opening keynotes.
The other day, via CNET Networks' internal email system, fellow ZDNet blogger and TechRepublic technical director George Ou sounded an alarm about an urgent online banking issue he came across on the Web site for the SANS Institute. It probably didn't get the attention it should have.
BEA Workshop Business Unit veep Bill Roth takes a long walk down JavaOne memory lane (describing every year of the event since 1996). Feigning to pull no punches (BEA is a sponsor of JavaOne), Roth tries to capture the essence of each year's event with catchy headlines like Mobile Java (again), and "When in doubt, rename it again.
Joe McKendrick points to a post by Tim Bray where answers the question "What do you think we should do about SOA?" The context is a Rails conference.
This week, Intel headed into slightly uncharted waters when it announced a new brand for its business desktops call called vPro. The company also took such a terrible tumble on Wall Street that it has announced a major restructuring.
Worth reading: Ross Mayfield has come up with a way to deconstruct the concept of participation, peeling it back so that is has some granularity. Not all participants participate with an equal level of engagement, as illustrated in the Power Law of Participation Ross came up, below.