No Time for Gloom


In an interview with Forbes, NetApp CIO Marina Levinson explains how the recession makes her a better business manager, and why she's optimistic.

We've been hammering on similar themes for the past few months. It's not because our writers and editors take that viewpoint, it's because CIOs and CIO-watchers keep telling us the same thing.

At big regional bank BB&T, CIO Paul Johnson is running lean, but still investing for the long haul, in order to accelerate out of the downturn.

At insurer Chubb, CIO James Knight says recession makes the centrality of IT to business clearer than ever, and gives tech managers an opportunity to work more closely with their line-of-business counterparts.

At consumer products company Kimberly-Clark, CIO Ramon Baez is emphasizing leadership among his staffers.

At Microsoft, CIO Tony Scott says IT leaders are uniquely prepared to thrive in the tough environment.

And IT management expert John Baschab sees a variety of opportunities for CIOs.

None of this is happy talk. Nobody is enjoying the recession, or oblivious to its financial and human costs. But as Warren Buffett said in his latest must-read letter, "America's best days lie ahead."

CIOs have a big role in getting their companies to those better days, and positioning to thrive when the good times arrive.


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