Interviews

  • SAP CEO Bill McDermott on why Concur is worth $8.3 billion

    By Chris Kanaracus | 20 September, 2014 04:19

    SAP's announcement that it will pay US$8.3 billion to buy business-travel and expense software vendor Concur might have generated less initial buzz than the companies hoped, given it was almost simultaneous with the revelation that Larry Ellison has relinquished his CEO seat to become CTO and executive chairman of Oracle.

  • OpenDaylight Executive Director spells out where this open source SDN efforts stands

    By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:57

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is the public face of the Software Defined Networking movement, spelling out requirements and defining standards. The group's board includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs on the data center side, and Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Communications on the service provider side. Additionally, there are close to 150 members, from global telcos to startups. To get a sense of where the movement stands, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked down ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt, who spent 20 years developing network architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems, Hewlett Packard and Bay Networks.

  • Open Networking foundation (ONF) Executive Director on the group's achievements, goals

    By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:44

    OpenDaylight is a Linux Foundation Collaborative project that is building an Open Source SDN controller. To find out how the effort is going Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with Neela Jacques, who joined the OpenDaylight project last November as Executive Director.

  • Q&A: David Gage on Microsoft's new Cloud partner focus

    By Allan Swann | 09 September, 2014 14:35

    ARN 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, David Gage, took some time out from Microsoft’s Annual Partner Conference to discuss the company’s channel partner programme across 2014.

  • EMC CEO defends federated business model, debunks storage myths

    By John Gallant | 04 September, 2014 06:35

    There's EMC and then there's EMC.

  • What's the CIO's role as marketing builds its digital empire?

    By Elizabeth Heichler | 15 August, 2014 05:12

    The corporate landscape captured in marketing guru Larry Weber's new book, "The Digital Marketer: Ten New Skills You Must Learn to Stay Relevant and Customer-Centric," is one where the CMO might be seen as increasingly moving onto the CIO's traditional turf. Weber sat down with IDG News Service recently to talk about how that relationship can work in the successful digital enterprise.

  • Interview: Spark Digital sets itself a three-year turnaround target, but that is just the beginning

    By Sathya Mithra Ashok | 11 August, 2014 09:17

    Spark is not just about a name change to a 27-year old company that has become synonymous with connectivity in NZ, or the slightly confouding primetime TV ads that have been airing since Friday last week. According to Tim Miles, CEO of Spark Digital (formerly Gen-I), the brand change is reflective of deep internal changes that the firm has invested in to take its customers on a digital journey, and to ensure that it is ready for future challenges.

  • Cisco describes its SDN vision: A Q&A with Soni Jiandani

    By John Dix | 24 July, 2014 00:10

    Soni Jiandani is one of Cisco's serial entrepreneurs, having been a key member of the teams that developed everything from the Nexus 5000 to Cisco's Unified Computing System (which in five years has leapt to the top of the x86 blade server market in North America, according to IDC). Today Jiandani is Senior Vice President of Cisco's Insieme business unit, the group pushing the company's Software Defined Networking vision. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught with Jiandani to get her take on how SDN plays out.

  • NetApp sets its sights on cloud data management: A Q&A with CEO Tom Georgens

    By John Dix | 22 July, 2014 06:50

    Moving virtual servers around a hybrid cloud environment isn't hard, but managing the data is. That's why NetApp wants to be "the enterprise data-management standard across the enterprise," says CEO Tom Georgens. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with Georgens to get his take on what changes in the cloud computing world.

  • Early user of VMware NSX net virtualization tool extols fine grain controls

    By John Dix | 26 June, 2014 04:09

    Canadian airline company WestJet is one of the earliest customers of VMware's NSX network virtualization tools, which initially reached for the tech to address a security issue. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently sat down with WestJet technologist Richard Sillito to learn what the company is learning about network virtualization and its broader NSX plans.

  • The future of networking is a NOS on your choice of bare metal, says Cumulus Networks

    By John Dix | 24 June, 2014 06:52

    If Cumulus Networks has its way, companies will use its Cumulus Linux to decouple the network operating system from the hardware and break free of the integrated approach that has driven the industry for decades. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix talked about the vision with Co-Founder and CEO JR Rivers.

  • Interview: New Juniper MD lays down A/NZ strategy

    By Brian Karlovsky | 19 June, 2014 07:00

    Juniper's new managing director sits down with ARN to discuss the path forward for the Australian arm of one of the largest networking companies in the world.

  • HP CIO, Ramon Baez, sees your future in the Cloud

    By Joab Jackson | 13 June, 2014 08:03

    At its annual Discover user conference, Hewlett-Packard put cloud computing and big data on the top of the agenda, capitalizing on the heavy work it has been doing with these technologies.

  • Q&A: 3D gun maker Cody Wilson defends freedom to print guns

    By Lucas Mearian | 03 June, 2014 07:42

    Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, contests claims his 3D printed gun isn't safe and will try to continue to make 3D gun plans available.

  • Cloud provider FireHost's security chief brings lessons from the front lines

    By Stephen Lawson | 31 May, 2014 04:56

    Jeff Schilling, who joined cloud hosting startup FireHost this week as chief security officer, knows a thing or two about cybersecurity.

  • Interview: Sophos CEO, Kris Hagerman, on the channel, and a world of Cloud-based security

    By Allan Swann | 23 May, 2014 15:15

    Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman has overseen a year of super growth, which he claims is due to a new Cloud management platform, a channel first distribution model and the stumbling of the big security players.

  • Healthcare provider finds SDN is the proper Rx

    By John Dix | 22 May, 2014 07:02

    William Hanna, vice president of technical services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), went out looking for a way to add capacity to a backup network and found what he wanted in Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools from Alcatel-Lucent. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix sat down with Hanna to learn about the process and experience.

  • Ex-Cisco CEO reflects, looks ahead on 25 years of Networkers

    By Jim Duffy | 20 May, 2014 00:17

    John Morgridge was Cisco's first CEO. He took the company public and presided over its growth until John Chambers took over as CEO in 1995. On the 25th anniversary of the Networker's user conference this week, Morgridge, 80, reflects on the past and looks ahead to the future as Cisco's Chairman Emeritus.

  • CIOs must adapt or risk being replaced

    By Tom Kaneshige | 13 May, 2014 03:04

    Michael Keithley has more than two decades of experience as a CIO. However, the IT veteran says he's seeing more change now than ever before. CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige sat down with Keithley to talk about the challenges he and his colleagues face, the need to speak the same language as the business side and the reality of what lies ahead for CIOs who refuse to change their approach.

  • Whirlpool CIO moves 69,000 global employees to Google Apps

    By Mary K. Pratt | 05 May, 2014 23:46

    Whirlpool CIO Mike Heim is taking IT, and all the other business units, in a new direction. Heim is moving the company, with its 69,000 global employees, to http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247616/4_things_to_do_now_to_get_ready_for_the_Internet_of_Things?. He says the move could transform how Whirlpool employees get work done by increasing real-time collaboration. Indeed, he sees the potential for IT-driven transformation in other areas, too. Here Heim, who joined Whirlpool in May 2012 after 33 years at pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, shares his ideas on leading IT through change.

  • Silicon Memory Technologies sheds light on partnering with Seagate

    Mobile printing has never been easier. For a busy office, reliable and easy-to-use tools are essential. Samsung's latest smart printers are equipped for wireless printing from mobile devices. Find out more about what is all about.. Read more

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