Incoming Intel CIO Diane Bryant will network with fellow information chiefs, examine cloud computing and advocate using the chip giant’s internal operations as a test-bed for product development in her new role.
"A substantial portion of my time [in her previous role leading Intel’s server division] was with CIOs asking them for input," said Bryant, in an exclusive interview with the UK edition of CIO magazine. "Now I see how valuable that is. We’re in-house, we’re accessible. Today [at Intel] we do it more at the end of the development cycle but we could be more strategic in the definition of these products as an in-house advisor. The strategic value I bring is in helping business growth [and there is] strategic value in influencing our own products."
Another aim for the 23-year Intel veteran will be sharing Intel best-practice business processes with partners through events with other CIOs while, internally, Intel plans to road-test cloud computing projects for email, calendaring and other projects. "It’s an interesting model for a reduced total cost of ownership point of view," Bryant said.
Bryant doesn't shy away from the fact that Intel will be biased towards its own equipment, or "eating your own dog food" in the American idiom.
"Right now it’s pretty good dog food," she said. "There’s a reason it's 80 per cent market share. We’re not actively looking to deploy a competitor’s technology just as Cisco wouldn't if you went there, but we have handhelds, PDAS, smartphones not all running on our architecture."
Bryant also plans to continue Intel’s move away from legacy mainframes to save cost and, like most other CIOs, she has an eye on green projects. Plans include accelerating an ongoing server refresh programme so that Intel uses the latest, more efficient machines, and deploying new printers and output management technologies.