As CIO, Kim Stevenson leads an IT organization of more than 6,500 employees located across 54 different sites. What’s Stevenson’s No. 1 job? Keeping Intel, and its more than 75,000 servers, almost 30,000 handhelds and over 100,000 PCs online and running.
Stevenson succeeded Diane Bryant as Intel’s CIO in January, and like Bryant before her is one of only 24 women CIOs at Fortune 100 companies. Before taking on the role, Stevenson was vice president and general manager of Intel’s global IT operations and services. Prior to joining the company in 2009, she spent 7 years at the former EDS, now HP enterprise services, and 18 years at IBM.
Stevenson discusses her role at Intel, including common misconceptions about IT, if employees should be permitted to stream content, the potential for voice-activated content services and the “unruly productivity” of the Intel culture.
Verne G. Kopytoff via the NY Times
Some companies have even surrendered to what is being called the consumerization of I.T. At Kraft Foods, the I.T. department’s involvement in choosing technology for employees is limited to handing out a stipend. Employees use the money to buy whatever laptop they want from Best Buy, Amazon.com or the local Apple store.
“We heard from people saying, ‘How come I have better equipment at home?’ ” said Mike Cunningham, chief technology officer for Kraft Foods. “We said, hey, we can address that.”
Encouraging employees to buy their own laptops, or bring their mobile phones and iPads from home, is gaining traction in the workplace. A survey published on Thursday by Forrester Research found that 48 percent of information workers buy smartphones for work without considering what their I.T. department supports. By being more flexible, companies are hoping that workers will be more comfortable with their devices and therefore more productive.
“Bring your own device” policies, as they are called, are also shifting the balance of power among electronics makers. Manufacturers good at selling to consumers are increasingly gaining the upper hand, while those focused on bulk corporate sales are slipping.
Related story I wrote: Apple MacBooks Inside the Enterprise? Bring Your Own Mac Program brings new insights for IT inside Intel http://intel.ly/nYrq42.