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September 19, 2011



What an excellent post. Being the CIO of a "smaller IT Shop" (slightly less than 100)much of what you say really resonates with me. Everyone in my shop wears several hats out of necessity and this forces us to move quickly, make decisions fast and align ourselves with our customers. I strive for agility in everything I do.

The first decision I made was to restructure Operations and to merge the network, storage, and server teams into one "Compute" team. The goal is to produce a pool of liquid resources that can respond with agility to the needs of the business. The Compute service is also responsible for the planning and marketing of their service to their customers in IT and in the business.

Chuck Hollis


Yours is the best comment I've gotten in a very long while. It made me smile. Keep up the good work!

I think there's a lot to learn from smaller, more nimble IT organizations like yours.

-- Chuck

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    Chief Strategist, VMware Storage and Availability Business Unit

    Chuck works for VMware, and is deeply embroiled in all things software-defined storage these days.

    Previously, he was with EMC for 18 years, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Holliston, MA with his wife, three kids and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.
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