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CIO JP Rangaswami on open source in the enterprise & the future of information

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In this must-see InfoQ exclusive, CIO JP Rangsawami explains how open source became a corporate IT strategy at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and why CIOs of major enterprises should consider open source for software development initiatives. JP also explains his vision of four pillars of the new world if information: Syndication, Search, Fulfillment, and Collaboration/Conversation.

Watch:  JP Rangaswami on open source in the enterprise & the future of information (30 min pres + 20 mins Q&A)

JP Rangaswami was named Top CIO of the Year in 2003 by Waters Financial Magazine for "Deploying disruptive technology, keeping a wary eye on outsourcing and defending IT makes".  JP Rangaswami is CIO of Global Services at BT. At the time of this recording, Mr. Rangaswami was CIO of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein investment bank. JP blogs at www.confusedofcalcutta.com, where he writes about information, IPR and DRM, opensource, agile methods and identity.

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  • "must-see"

    by John Davies /

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    JP is truly one of the great thought leaders, many of his ideas were years, even a decade ahead of their time, there are things he suggested years ago that are only now starting to be thought of as new ways of doing things.

    In many cases JP was the reason people wanted to work for DrKB, he was the man behind OpenAdaptor released in 2001. He was driving open source in the bank before most people knew what it was. He stopped paying Microsoft and bought hundreds of Macs for his developers. The developers left other banks to work under JP. Because he had such high quality staff he was able to reduce head count and effectively cost.

    You really need to watch this if you're into open source or work for a bank.

    -John-

  • qutie enjoyable

    by Stuart Charlton /

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    My favorite moments (around the 40 minute mark)...

    - Three pieces of advice for architects: Don't actually write an enterprise architecture, it's too controlling and stifling ("I'm proudly accused of not having one"), don't write hard policies & guidelines ("you must [instead] have principles that are flexible"), engage with the teams ("The architect is the de facto project manager. It is not an ivory tower job.").

    - Cameron asks, "What are the biggest factors that contribute to project failure?" Without hesitation, JP says, "an unwillingness to say 'no' to the customer."

  • - Unbelivably, a thought provoking message....

    by Vijay YD /

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    Can this article be reproduced in a podcast / text form so that it can be acessed in full-text form?

  • nice topic

    by Anthony Rivera /

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    would love to have a copy of this presentation if there is one available. May I request for one? thanks.

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