Microsoft has a problem. Its CIO doesn't have enough staff to spend his budget. The poor Ron Markezich is forced to under-spend $ 20 to 30m every year, he said yesterday at the second annual CIO panel in San Francisco, organised by the Churchill Club, reports FT columinst Tom Foremski on his Silicon Valley Watcher blog.
In addition to Microsoft, the CIOs for Levi Strauss, Agilent and Fireman's Fund were on the panel. They must have felt like they were forced to watch how the Microsoft CIO was feasting on buckets full of caviar while they were locked up locked in a cage of shrinking IT budgets.
While Markezich is already in charge of managing thousands of PCs that run Longhorn, his colleague with Fireman's Fund was embarrassed to say that he just now is getting rid of the last PCs running OS/2.
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