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CIOs listen up: You are what you measure!

IMG_1614-Edit_SML.jpgA few years ago, Dan Ariely, a professor of behavioral economics at Duke University, wrote for Harvard Business Review that “You Are What You Measure.” In the column, Ariely explained that people alter their behavior “based on the metrics they’re held against. Anything you measure will impel a person to optimize their score on that metric,” he says. Remembering this, I have been asking CIOs over the past year what they measure to get a better sense of their strategic or tactical orientation.

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The “third platform”: Is your IT shop ready for the cloud-mobile age?


The folks at IDC have dubbed these as the days of the “third platform” in IT, where mobility, cloud, big data, and social media intersect. In a recent Discover Performance interview, Frank Gens, IDC’s chief analyst and senior VP, shared his thoughts about the third platform, innovation, his participation in HP’s Enterprise 20/20 project — and how IT leaders can prepare their departments for the future.

The third platform is a change just as big as the make-or-break crossroads that IT went through in the late ’80s during the PC era. IT’s current epoch is a period when the adoption of the third platform will be the differentiator between enterprises that adapt and thrive, and those that will wither if they miss the boat.

Companies have arrived at today’s crossroads, Gens posits, because “mobile devices are redefining and stretching the edge beyond where the PC took us.” In place of the old client/server model, he explains, we have the scalability, simplicity and cost-efficiency of the cloud model. “And you’ve got the mobile networks connecting the core and the edge,” he adds, “at a range where you can be almost anywhere on the planet and you’re connected to the digital world.” Gens sees upcoming generations of mobile devices connected to cloud services as “the new foundation for what people will be doing for the next 20 years with IT.”

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  • Mike has been with HP for 30 years. Half of that time was in R&D, mainly as an architect. The other 15 years has been spent in product management, product marketing, and now, solution marketing. .
  • Maurice was appointed VP of Customer Experience for HP Software in 2014 after a career in hardware, software and services at DEC, Compaq and HP. He reports to the GM of HP Software, Robert Youngjohns
  • Paul Muller leads the global IT management evangelist team within the Software business at HP. In this role, Muller heads the team responsible for fostering HP’s participation in the IT management community, contributing to and communicating best-practice in helping IT perform better.
  • Rafael Brugnini (Rafa) serves as VP of EMEA for HP Software. Joining in 1996 and has more than 20 years of knowledge and experience linked to HP. He resides in Madrid with his wife and family, and in his spare time he enjoys windsurfing.
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  • Chief of Staff for Software & Information Management IT at HP, driving business and IT initiatives, as well as executive, employee, and customer communications and management of change for the CIO of HP Software.
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