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Mar 08, 2004, 22:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Last year, a couple of colleagues and I had an extended discussion with Randy Mott, Dell's CIO and the former CIO of Wal-Mart. In the course of our interview, the subject of Linux came up, and it was no surprise to hear Mott explain how bullish he is on the increasingly popular operating system, particularly as the Linux-on-Intel combination in systems such as Dell's continues to grow in performance and reliability while also declining in price. At one point, we asked if the potential legal liabilities swirling around Linux would slow the rate of acceptance of Linux on Intel at Dell, and/or among Dell's customers.

"Now, Randy Mott is a guy whose tenures of more than three years at Dell and, before that, more than 20 at Wal-Mart give him almost-unmatched insights into the workings of large, high-growth, intensely IT-dependent global corporations. So this guy knows whereof he speaks when he talks about deploying new types of systems and architectures to drive internal scalability, efficiencies, speed, consistency, and ROI to enable customer intimacy, market agility, and profitability. And in that context, he didn't skip a beat before saying, in essence, that leading companies can't allow themselves to be hamstrung by what might happen in some legal battle or what might be decided in 18 months (or not decided)..."

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