Log Management Authors: Dana Gardner, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, David H Deans, Carmen Gonzalez

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Log Management

@CloudExpo: Article

HP: Let's Give Peace & Meg a Chance

Fixing Silicon Valley is More Important than the 2012 Election

The gold bubble has burst. The dollar is up, and the price of oil is down. All that nasty talk about replacing the dollar as the world's currency has abated for now. Good. Maybe we can get back to the basics of business.

But there are some things rotten in America.

Rose-Garden Politics
Politically, the United States seems to be in an era similar to the English Wars of the Roses, in which two powerful families seem so intent on killing off each other off that they make take the nation down with them. Flying the blue-rose banner, the Kennedy-turned-Clinton dynasty.

Under the red rose, the Bushes. We cannot rule out a Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Busch election in 2016, and it's still not certain that a Kennedy will never again aspire to the White House.

As divisive as the political scene is - and yes, it can also be compared to America's own antebellum era - at least it can be explained. The country tore itself in two in the 1960s over the Vietnam War and simmering social tensions, and the battle continues in an especially contentious way today.

What's Good for...
But corporate America drives the economy, and nothing will improve until business leaders climb out of their jets to visit places other than Switzerland and Idaho.

This is nowhere more acute than in Silicon Valley, that great driver of innovation and economic progress for the past three decades. What else can explain the inscrutable insanity found recently at HP, Yahoo, Cisco, Netflix, and to some degree even Google and Facebook?

Has something gotten into the water? Is there a stupid-virus going around? Is there a hidden relationship between the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers and Silicon Valley? Or is life simply too easy for these people?

HP (Grimace, Slap Forehead)
HP is the most egregious example. It's one of the original Silicon Valley companies. It's the original garage company. It was a training ground for The Woz and Steve Jobs. It's the world's largest technology company. And it has been tragically inept in finding an effective CEO for years. It is not unfair to say, in my opinion, that HP has become a decadent culture at the top.

Although it's neither nice nor a writer's job to say someone should be fired, and I sure don't want anyone to say that about me. But Mark Andreessen should be fired from HP's board. His recent, breezy encomium in the New York Times about how software is "eating" the world dismissed the hardware business and touted all the software investments he was making personally.

Does he now wish to take any of this back given that HP's software-and-service-only strategy has blown up on the launch pad? As he leaves, he should no doubt take any number of other HP board members with him out the door.

To Govern or To Lead
Which leads to HP's new CEO, Meg Whitman.

Meg ran a disastrous gubernatorial campaign in California, highlighted by a story of firing her illegal maid that provided a classic rich-person stereotype - entitled, cloistered from society, mean-spirited when things hit the fan.

She also provided a details-free plan about how she was going to fix the state's problems, other than firing 30,000 state employees (which a governor would not be allowed to do) and removing the state's horrible $800 small-business filing fee (an idea I loved but which applies to a very small number of people).

So What? Can She Run HP?
So she failed as politician. Many business people do. She must be happier now, because she has an easier job with better pay.

Word has gone around for years about the dysfunction of HP's board (no matter who's on it), and a very public fight broke out during Carly Fiorina's reign that has never been fully resolved. Maybe there will be a new era of peace with Meg.

Can she run HP? I don't know, but I did know (along with every other sane person) that Leo Apotheker could not.

We all know that Meg has no experience in running an enterprise IT company. But she surely bought a lot of enterprise IT at eBay. And she started her career as one of those consultants who convince big companies to overpay for IT.

If Meg can act less regal than Fiorina or Apotheker, and less horny than Hurd, she might just make it (if newly retitled Executive Chairman Ray Lane doesn't decide he's really running the company).

Remember, Lou Gerstner took over IBM with no experience in the enterprise IT business, and promptly declared that the last thing the company needed was a vision. Strong, controversial words, that made many question whether he was in over his head. It turns out he wasn't.

So let's give peace and Meg a chance.


I don't know Meg Whitman personally. I'm about the same age as her, and I think I'm taller than her. And though I didn't get this job, I'm OK with that. I don't bear Meg any ill will.

Anyway, I'd probably do something stupid like listen too much to the WebOS fanatics or get nailed uttering cynical comments about how vendor lock-in drives services and runs the enterprise IT industry. So the HP board probably made its one and only wise decision in recent years by not giving me a shot at the job.

Meg got off to a poor start, in my opinion, by using her failed political Twitter site to tweet about her new job. But as Larry Ellison said in effect, while dismissing Jonathan Schwartz during the Sun takeover, great blogs are nice, but business execution is what counts. I'll try not to get too hung up over Meg's Twitter account.

It's more important to ask: Can Meg become less aloof? Can she forget that she doesn't need the money, and work work work as if she does? Can she focus on operations and not get distracted by new acquisitions (eg, Skype)? Is she the real deal or just another lucky phony? Perhaps most important, what if Ray Lane decides to turn on her the way he did on his old friend Leo Apotheker, and Mark Hurd before that? Will Ray allow Meg to run HP?

There's no Steve Jobs here to return and rescue the enterprise from the clutches of a Sculley, Spindler, or Amelio. Meg really needs to get it right. Ray really needs to let her.

If she does, we can only hope there are others out there like her to run Yahoo, Cisco, and Netflix (and maybe Google and Facebook). The economy and nation depend on it. Forget the 2012 presidential election - what's going on now in Silicon Valley is more important.

Finally, if there's a connection between the success of the 49ers and Silicon Valley, then we have one more reason to encourage Larry to buy the team and fire the Yorks. Immediately. 

Follow me on Twitter

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rat...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...