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Claudia Imhoff

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A thought leader, visionary, and practitioner, Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on analytics, business intelligence, and the architectures to support these initiatives. Dr. Imhoff has co-authored five books on these subjects and writes articles (totaling more than 150) for technical and business magazines.

She is also the Founder of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, a consortium of independent analysts and consultants ( You can follow them on Twitter at #BBBT

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June 2006 Archives

Bill Gates announced yesterday that he will step down as Microsoft's Chief Software Architect in July 2008. His mighty big shoes will be filled by Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's current CTO. Sadly it will be the end of an era. Read on to see what's next for the richest man in the world.

Mr. Gates will relinquish his day-to-day role at Microsoft to put his considerable talents into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He states, "With considerable wealth comes great responsibility. Many years ago I made it clear that almost all my wealth would be returned to society". Ah, if only other super-wealthy individuals had his philanthropic leanings -- the world would indeed be a better place.

So what will he do? Mr. Gates will be working side by side with his wife, Melinda, on medical and public health issues -- something the Foundation has always invested in. The Foundation has $29 billion (that billion with a B!) in assets and has been instrumental in fighting AIDS and malaria in Africa since its inception in 2000. Here is a snippet from the Foundation's web site... "Bill and Melinda Gates believe every life has equal value. In 2000, they created the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help reduce inequities in the United States and around the world. There are two simple values that lie at the core of the foundation’s work:

All lives—no matter where they are being led—have equal value.
To whom much has been given, much is expected."

Where does their money go? Here are just a few of the more recent grants:

Jun 6, 2006 CIDA Foundation
$1,499,673 over 3 years to provide a low-cost Bachelor of Business Administration degree to disadvantaged South African students


May 24, 2006 Living Cities Inc. The National Community Development Initiative
$2,000,000 over 18 months to support community development


May 24, 2006 Shorebank Enterprise Group Pacific
$3,300,000 over 1 year to support a septic loan program to benefit low-income people in the Hood Canal watershed area


May 23, 2006 Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
$27,844,078 over 5 years to strengthen the capability of developing countries to reduce cervical cancer incidence and deaths.


May 4, 2006 NewSchools Venture Fund
$29,640,000.00 over 41 months to support work with charter management organizations, and extend the model of scalable high quality schools through the development of hybrid organizations


And on it goes.

So what will happen back on the farm? As mentioned, Ray Ozzie gets Mr. Gates' old title, Craig Mundie becomes the Chief Research and Strategy Officer -- both will start reporting to Steve Ballmer (whose job title does not change) in 2008. Certainly Microsoft is seeing turbulent waters with the delayed Vista project, competitors on all fronts, open source in-roads, and so on. We will all be keeping a close eye on Microsoft's future with the major driver moving onto other pastures...

Yours in BI Success,


Posted June 16, 2006 1:29 PM
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Seems that Carly Fiorina just has a way of attracting an audience no matter what she does. Now 16 months after being fired by HP, she manages to make the headlines one more time -- This time with a book. Read on to get some snippets from her memoir, titled "Tough Choices"...

According to the Business Week article, she started her speech by stating "I'm now an author and did in fact write every word of this book". That may sounds strange but there are many, many "tell all" books supposedly written by famous people that are ghost written by unsung writers. Refreshing that she writes her own stuff.

Her stated purpose for the book? First to demystify business -- to show "how people actually behave, and how a leader can change people's results". Un huh... And second, she wanted to "present a more authentic portrait of herself". Un huh again... Apparently she is not happy with the way the press has described her in the past. Now she has her chance.

So -- what does she have to say? She seemed to claim credit -- at least partially -- for HP's current health by saying that she made the company take the necessary risks to develop a clearer focus on HP's value to its customers. Certainly HP has demonstrated a healthy net income (up 51%) and sales increase for second quarter 2006 (up 4.6%) but it would be nearly impossible to dissect the reasons for the increases -- and especially difficult to lay the credit at actions she took while CEO. But her claim that "We made the necessary changes" would indicate who she thinks is responsible. Perhaps she has been greatly maligned in the press and does deserve at least some of the credit, perhaps not. I certainly can't answer that question. (I welcome your comments on this.)

So what else is in her memoir? Apparently she spends a fair bit of time discussion the challenges that women face in climbing the corporate ladder -- like business lunches arranged by male cohorts at strip clubs... Yeah -- that would make it a bit uncomfortable, seems like, to discuss sales and marketing directions and not just for a young Carly Fiorina...

But the big question revolves around how much does she air dirty laundry at HP. Does she bash her former colleagues? Does she expose the inner workings that spelled her demise there? She gave no indication other than to say that the book spent an appropriate amount of time (percentage-wise) to her life there. According to her, "I didn't write it to settle scores. I have something to say, not something to prove". But she also added that some of her stories "may be difficult for some people to read"....

Hmmm -- I guess we will just have to wait until October, the proposed date of its debut to find out. So -- will you be chomping at the bit to buy the book or will you refuse to add to her sales coffers? Let me know.

As always -- yours in BI success.


Posted June 12, 2006 9:36 AM
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