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A thought leader, visionary, and practitioner, Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on analytics, business intelligence, and the architectures to support these initiatives. Dr. Imhoff has co-authored five books on these subjects and writes articles (totaling more than 150) for technical and business magazines.

She is also the Founder of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, a consortium of independent analysts and consultants (www.BBBT.us). You can follow them on Twitter at #BBBT

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Steve Mills, IBM Senior VP, has issued an internal memo announcing a significant split of the software group into a solutions and a middleware division. The shake up includes some very senior executives as well.

I just read an exclusive article in Information Week on this shake up. Here are the details:

1. Big change -- Ambuj Goyal is out. He has been shifted laterally to IBM's Systems and Technology Group (ouch) and will report to Rod Atkins, STG's Senior VP.

2. The Solutions group will be headed by Mike Rhodin -- former Lotus executive. Reporting to him will be Rob Ashe, GM of business analytics (former CEO of Cognos) which will include Cognos and SPSS, Alistair Rennie, GM of Lotus, and an unnamed GM for industry solutions (frameworks and enterprise content management)

3. The Middleware group will be headed by Robert LeBlanc (formerly led IBM's software sales and marketing team). His reports are Craig Hayman, GM of application and integration middleware, Arvind Krishna, GM of information management, Danny Sabbah, GM of Rational, and Al Zollar, GM of Tivoli.

These moves will enhance IBM's Smarter Planet iniitiative started last year, according to Mills, by helping the company find high-value and high-growth opportunities.

Wow -- it will take time to digest this major overhaul but I find it interesting that IBM has split the information management from business analytics so completely. Probably a logical split given that information management is so much more than just BI or analytics.

I look forward to your thoughts on this huge change to IBM's organizational structure.

As always, yours in BI

Claudia 


Posted January 13, 2010 11:51 AM
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Must be nice to wanted -- at least Mark Papermaster must be feeling the -- um -- love from his former and current employers. A federal judge ordered the former IBM executive recently hired by Apple to stop working for that company. I guess the big question remains... WHY?

Last Friday, Judge Kenneth Karas ruled that Mr. Papermaster must "immediately cease his employment with Apple until further notice". Sheesh, the guy was only on the job as Apple's new VP of devices hardware engineering since last Tuesday.

A bit of background -- IBM sued Papermaster (I never tire of that guy's name) on October 22 2008, claiming that he had signed a non-competition agreement in 2006 that prevented him from working for competitors for one year after leaving IBM. So -- since when is Apple a big competitor of IBM's? Sure there is some overlap in the area of servers, PC, and microprocesses. But -- really? I can't wait to see the next generation of Mac commercials. Instead of John Hodgman as a PC, he will morph into a blade server or something. Given what these ads have done to Microsoft, if I were IBM, I would let this one go.

IBM did try to lure Mr. Papermaster back with a heck of deal: a substantial pay raise plus one year's salary if he would just "refrain from working for an IBM competitor for one year". Dude, you must really dislike your old boss to turn that one down.

Apple hired the new guy to run their iPod and iPhone engineering group. Apparently his IBM knowledge of confidential IBM trade secrets will cause IBM "irreparable harm" according the law suit. Off hand, I would say this law suit will cause the company more irreparable harm but what do I know? Maybe IBM is thinking of getting into the music device business -- certainly a bit late to come to that party. Maybe they are creating a mobile device with an earth-shaking interface, fun and innovative applications, remarkable capabilities... Nope too late for that one too.

So, as of Friday, his employment with Apple is on hold at least for a couple of weeks. The judge set up a conference for November 18 so that the two companies can discuss an expedited schedule for discovery and trial.

Stay tuned to find out if the master of engineering can bring that expertise to Apple or not.

Yours in BI success and good luck, Mr. Papermaster!

Claudia

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Posted November 10, 2008 3:26 PM
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Last week, Bill Gates gave what was billed as his last keynote as a full-time Microsoft employee at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He chose not to do a maudlin look backwards at all that he has done since 1975 but rather to look forward to his last day at Microsoft and his predictions of where the tech industry will be in the next decade. It was both a very funny and very poignant keynote...

A large part of his last keynote was dedicated to a video of what his last day at Microsoft would be like. It contained a string of stars and well-known individuals along with a lot of self-deprecating lines from the larger-than-life man himself.

It starts with the news report from Brian Williams about his departure, goes to his work out with Matthew McConaughey, and continues with his "busy" schedule for the rest of the day. There are his attempts at getting a new job with his famous friends (my favorite is the Jon Stewart piece) and finally ends with him cleaning out his desk and driving off in his Ford Focus (with his box of stuff on the top of his car). It is brilliant!

Ah, we will all miss the guy but perhaps none more than the Microsoft employees. But the good news is that he will take over the reins of his charitable foundation ( the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) -- a worthwhile way to continue his contributions to the world.

Yours in BI success,

Claudia


Posted January 8, 2008 1:59 PM
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Sun Microsystems has decided that its stock ticker for 21 years just doesn't reflect its new face. The company, formerly known as SUNW, now wants to be known as JAVA. Good move or bad?

And here's a quiz for you -- what does SUNW stand for? Think you know? Read on...

Yes -- Sun decided on August 23 that it will change its NASDAQ stock symbol to JAVA to reflect its devotion to the computer language. According to Jonathan Schwartz' blog: "I know that sounds audacious, but wherever I travel in the world, I'm reminded of just how broad the opportunity has become, and how pervasively the technology and brand have been deployed. Java truly is everywhere."

Uh huh...

I highly recommend that you also read through some of the 364 comments (at the time of this blog) on his blog regarding this move. Here are just a few:

"In the minds of many people, Java == slow. With all the recent rebranding, the first thing we always have to do is to convince the customer that no, the desktop window manager is not written in Java, the directory server, etc. etc. is not interpreted and slow."

"What a TERRIBLE idea! When we used "Java" in the name of all our software products a few years ago, customers were confused and frankly just laughed at us-- Java Desktop System was the prime offender, as it mostly uses no Java technology whatsoever. We're still licking our wounds and only just beginning to change the name of JDS now in OpenSolaris. So why use it for a company where most of the staff and products aren't Java-related either?"

"As a Sun investor I see this as a horrible idea. Not many people know that what the W in SUN stands for, and it really doesn't matter. What does matter is JAVA is more of a limiting factor than this illusion of infinite possibilities, Java is only a single platform and not representative of all of your wonderful products. SUNW allows for more possibles instead of being known as only the Java company. This is a sad day. :( "

"What a waste of money. How do all the people you're laying off soon feel about this? How many of their jobs could you have saved, how much security to worried families, with the money this must be costing Sun in admin fees?"

Ouch!

And my own -- for those who may want to buy some of Sun's stock? Do you think they will know that Sun now starts with a "J"? Call me old fashioned but I would think most people would look up a company by some of the letters in its name...

I think I now know what happened to the marketing person who came up with the brilliant idea to get rid of the old Coke flavor -- anyone remember that one?

Now for the answer to my quiz -- SUNW stood for Stanford University Network Workstation -- a respectable albeit academic acronym. What must Scott McNealy think?

Yours in BI and rebranding success,

Claudia


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Posted August 28, 2007 10:56 AM
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Ron Powell (publisher of the B-EYE-Network) sent me an email about a recent survey of 450 Directors of publicly traded companies (with revenues of over $1 billion) conducted by Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Apparently most corporate board members are really good at talking up a good story about how they support aligning IT with the corporate strategies they develop. Unfortunately their actions say otherwise...

Here are some of the key findings from the survey:

1. Ten percent of boards relegate IT matters to a board committee. Geesh -- you mean they don't even talk about these matters in the actual Board meetings? Guess not -- see the next bullet...

2. Only 11 percent of boards even discuss IT at every meeting. Something as critical at IT infrastructure, direction, funding, etc., gets ignored almost 90% of the time?

3. Fourteen percent of the directors say that their boards are "completely and actively involved" in IT strategy. Let's hear it for these intelligent Boards and their repective companies. I wish I knew who they were.

4. At least those that report effectiveness in executing IT strategy admit that it correlates to better financial performance. Perhaps the other 86% of the respondents should sit up and listen.

5. According the the survey, 52% of the respondents say their board will NOT be spending any more time on IT over the next three years than it currently does.

6. Interestingly enough, the results indicated that when the CEO leads the discussion, boards are more involved in IT. The CEO gets it -- even if the rest of the directors don't...

This in the face of overwhelming evidence that there is a significant correlation between the attention paid to IT and corporate performance. Shame, shame!

Kenneth Porrello, a principal with Deloitte Consulting, states "...a gap exists between the emphasis the board appears to place on IT and the steps they are taking to address it. Many directors and senior executives blame this gap on the number of things that have been hitting the board's agenda and a resulting lack of time". Yeah, right -- like excessive executive pay, for example? Maybe investigations into compliance issues?

Mr. Porrello continues "...this excuse is becoming less credible given the growing importance of IT". Yes, indeed, it is important. According to T.K. Kerstetter, President and CEO of Corporate Board Member, "...technology and IT are key business strategies and typically are accompanied by capital budgets reaching as high as a billion dollars in larger companies. The days of not understanding IT in the boardroom are gone, and I expect we will see more CIOs and CTOs invited to serve as board members in the years ahead".

I can only hope his prediction comes true.

Yours in BI (and Board attention) success.

Claudia


Posted April 8, 2007 2:19 PM
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