CIO Straight Talk - Hi-Tech Special Issue - 31

The Dangers of
Falling in
W
hen I first started in IT,
my boss told me never
to fall in love with any
technology.
His advice has served me well,
particularly over the past four years
while working on the integration of
three $7 billion companies: SanDisk,
Hitachi Storage Company and Western
Digital. When the three organizations
came together, we each had our own
full-scale infrastructure, systems and
processes. Since then, we have been
trying to consolidate our infrastructure
and 3,000 applications as well as drive
a digital transformation of some key
processes, all at the same time-jobs
that would have been much harder to
complete if I had let myself become
attached to particular solutions.
Start with
questions
We asked three questions
about each application in
our three portfolios. First,
Love
Merger integrations are easier if you stay
detached from particular technologies.
is this a legacy technology of one of
the three companies that can serve our
entire, new $18 billion company? If we
decided that, yes, it was the right one to
adopt, we chose it and scaled it to serve
the whole enterprise. For example, two
of the three legacy silos had Workday,
so we made one of the Workday
iterations primary, and then scaled it out
for the entire company.
Then we asked ourselves a second
question: If we had a technology
that was good but that we couldn't
necessarily scale to stretch across the
entire company, could we reimplement
it in a way that would make it possible
to scale? That took care of some other
application.
Finally, if none of the technology that we
had could do the job, and we had to buy
something new, what should we buy?
For example, for our ERP backbone, we
had two instances of SAP on premises
and one instance of Oracle EBS, but
we decided to go with one instance
of Oracle Cloud. We are moving the
entire company onto that now, and we
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