The Contributor

There's arguably no greater CIO contributor to his company's product development, and ultimately its growth opportunities, than <a href="">Hewlett-Packard's</a> Randy Mott.

Rob Preston, VP & Editor in Chief, InformationWeek

August 3, 2007

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There's arguably no greater CIO contributor to his company's product development, and ultimately its growth opportunities, than Hewlett-Packard's Randy Mott.In a recent CIOs Uncensored blog post, my colleague John Soat wrote about a Gartner study that groups CIOs into three roles, each describing how they participate in driving growth at their businesses: the ham-handed "in the way" role, the half-hearted "enabler" role, and the ultimate role of direct contributor.

Randy Mott is a direct contributor. As a technologist at a technology company, Mott's in a better position than most to directly influence the bottom line. But Mott's influence runs deeper than technical expertise. He's uncanny at spotting excessive costs in even world-class IT operations, and bringing to bear the underexposed technologies -- whether internally developed or off the shelf -- to ratchet those costs way down.

It's no coincidence that those areas where Mott has identified IT deficiencies internally have turned into full-throttle product thrusts for HP. A pioneer in data warehousing when he was CIO of Wal-Mart and later Dell, Mott grew dissatisfied with the price-performance of the major software platforms. When he arrived at HP several years ago, he helped dust off some old Tandem technology to develop a data warehouse platform for internal use -- and eventually take it to market as a product. This week's announcement that Wal-Mart is one of the first customers of the Neoview product positions HP as a player to be reckoned with in the $4.4 billion data warehouse market.

Likewise, HP's aggressive move into the data center automation business, capped last week by its $1.6 billion deal to buy Opsware, stems from the internal drive Mott started more than a year ago to find software tools that would let HP consolidate 85 data centers to six and cut its IT staff of 19,000 in half. Currently, only 10% of companies use software for automating IT changes and configuration management, HP estimates, so Mott has been ahead of the curve, as usual.

About the Author(s)

Rob Preston

VP & Editor in Chief, InformationWeek

Rob Preston currently serves as VP and editor in chief of InformationWeek, where he oversees the editorial content and direction of its various website, digital magazine, Webcast, live and virtual event, and other products. Rob has 25 years of experience in high-tech publishing and media, during which time he has been a senior-level editor at CommunicationsWeek, CommunicationsWeek International, InternetWeek, and Network Computing. Rob has a B.A. in journalism from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. in economics from Binghamton University.

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