Forrester calls CommBank CEO ‘schizophrenic'

Forrester calls CommBank CEO ‘schizophrenic'

The head of Forrester Research has labelled David Murray, CEO of the Commonwealth Bank, an "IT schizophrenic" after the verbal thrashing Murray gave the IT industry at the World Conference on IT (WCIT) in Adelaide in February.

John McCarthy, group director of Forrester Research, attended the WCIT and walked away with the belief that Murray was not alone in his opinions on the industry.

Murray lambasted the IT industry in a keynote address to the conference, saying its influence in the US has single-handedly wrecked the world economy over the last couple of years. The remarks caused a furore with many of the world's most influential IT professionals present at the time.

McCarthy said Murray's comments personify the love-hate relationship that senior management in many companies have with IT, and also indicates a growing trend of increasing overall responsibility over IT that CEOs hold.

Forrester called the relationship that senior executive have with technology as "IT schizophrenia" and has commissioned a research report on the topic.

A Commonwealth Bank official said she had not heard of the research or the accusations of being called an IT schizophrenic and would be pursuing it on behalf of Murray. Forrester officials were unavailable for comment at press time.

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