Brian Gillooly

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News & Commentary Posts: 34
Articles by Brian Gillooly
posted in May 2007

CIO Gregor Bailar Leaving Capital One

Capital One said today its CIO, Gregor Bailar, is stepping down Sept. 1 to pursue philanthropic interests. Bailar was at the helm of the company's IT department when InformationWeek named Capital One the no. 1 company in the presitgious InformationWeek 500 list in 2005. For those who want to make hay about the shortening tenure of the CIO, even among the good ones, think again... (read on after viewing the video by clicking "Continue reading..." below) To see Bailar speaking on agile programmin

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Some CIOs Taking Budgeting Precautions For Possible Downturn

OK, so two that I'm aware of... But my momma once said that it only takes two determined people to botch everyone else's best-laid plans. Of course, she was saying this to my little brother and me while whupping our asses for spilling paint all over the garage. But there are two companies (one in retail, one in financial services) that are sufficiently worried about a downturn in the market (the word they used was "recession") that the CEOs have asked their CIOs to prepare a "plan B" budget fo

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Newspaper Reporting Being Outsourced To India

Farewell, Nation, this may be my last blog post. Some in the IT community, particularly those whose jobs had been displaced or were about to be displaced by Indian outsourcers, said I'd get my comeuppance after I wrote a column a few years ago about my sister-in-law potentially losing her job overseas. It seems my turn on the unemployement line may come sooner than I think as journalism jobs are now being sent to Indi

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Frequent Traveler Fights Back!

This has probably happened to a fair number of you frequent travelers: you're being helped at a hotel registration desk, when the phone behind the counter rings. You know what inevitably happens... Yep, the person serving you picks up the phone to deal with the call-in customer instead. Well, last night, after I got stuck in Dallas on my return home from the Software 2007 show and was put up at a local hotel chain, this happened to me. Here's what I decided to do...

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Too Much Innovation?

Is there such a thing as too much innovation? Yes, say CIOs at the Software 2007 conference. Well, that's not entirely true -- it's not a matter of too much innovation but, how it scales...

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The Real Value of Web Services

Now on stage at the Software 2007 Conference are CIOs from four large companies -- Fedex, Unilever, Disney, and Motorola. Rob Carter, CIO of Fedex, just said that by using Web services, Fedex is able to transform the whole paradigm of how and why customers use Web sites. Rather than relating to Web sites as "desinations" where users "go somewhere to do something," Fedex is using Web services to create "connections," where customers can embed features and technologies in their own applications an

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CIOs, Your Vendors Are Avoiding You!

I'm sitting in ballroom A at the Santa Clara Convention Center for Software 2007, watching Marc Benioff walk through a product demo (when are software CEOs who keynote industry events going to resist the temptation to put an audience to sleep with a demo and instead talk about compelling issues like overhauling restrictive maintenance contracts, promoting customer-driven innovation, and the like?). Earlier today I moderated a panel that included Dennis Moore, head of emerging technologies at SAP

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The Future of Software - You Decide

Hey, Nation, we're looking for help on ideas that would help improve the state of enterprise and desktop software. We're polling our readers, but also would love for additional help through this blog. So here's the question, and please post your answers below: As you look at the future of software, what ideal (but realistic) feature or features would you like to see built into either an enterprise or desktop application?

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Why Green Computing Now Matters To CIOs

I spoke this morning with Ned Renzi, a partner in Pittsburgh-based VC Birchmere Ventures, and he's the first investor I've talked to about the whole "green" computing phenomenon who's been able to capture why some CIOs are starting to pay attention to the concept, and why all should start thinking about it soon. And the reason isn't solely based on an inconvenient truth...

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Phoenix CIO Breakfast Taking Shape

Phoenix, New York City, and Washington are shaping up to be the first of the cities in the CIO Nation "CIO Breakfasts" (check my blog of April 2 for more info on how you can participate). If you're a CIO in any of these cities and are interested in attending, please let me know (post a response here or e-mail me at These are no-obligation opportunities to simply gather with your peers, exchange ideas and best practices, and of course get a free omelette. The Phoenix timeframe

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A CIO Who Understands Enterprise 2.0

I just got off the phone with a retail CIO -- someone who really understands how to make Web 2.0 technologies work in the enterprise -- who told me how they're scrapping a blog approach for franchise updates and going instead with a wiki/RSS combination that is catching fire. He asked for anonymity because he wants to be selective about who knows what they're working on, but if you're interested in connecting with this CIO, post a response here or shoot me an e-mail at and I'll

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