Shut up & build it.
By suncpo on Feb 09, 2009
I've got a new job.
In all these years as Sun's Chief Information Strategy & Privacy Officer, I have set up privacy impact assessments, done training, reviewed product offerings, managed incidents and questions and generally spurred on an emerging culture of respect for data. Looking back, I feel very good. We fought hard when no one supported us until they did. We leveraged every opportunity to practice what we preach about fair information practices. We created privacy governance frameworks where ever there was a need across the business on nearly every continent and in organizations outside of Sun-- for vendor support, mergers & acquisitions, outsourcing deals, complex customer engagements & so on. We've been tirelessly bringing the message to the world in whatever forum would have us. My team has been busy, effective and, with great emphasis, fun and I couldn't be more proud of each and every one of them.
In short, moving on from this role was not an easy choice.
Where I'm going is a very easy choice. My new role at Sun is as Sun's first Chief Governance Officer for Cloud Computing. Although "Cloud" is the new buzz word, John Gage coined the phrase "The Network is the Computer" back in 1985 to describe Sun's long term strategy & The Cloud is simply that vision technically and culturally coming to its natural fruition. Extended networks are here to stay. Some of these networks will be multi-tenant, while some will mimic our current private IT systems as solo tenant models.
What is certainly needed here is a common framework that will help the organizations, employees, customers and customers' customer understand the who what why how when and where of their data and ultimately to provide certainty in the information derived from all of this data. The move from privately maintained IT infrastructures & kluged together governance structures to distributed, often virtual and sometimes 3d party owned compute resources represents a massive cultural shift and exponential innovation on the technical side. Our governments won't know what to make of this Cloud any more than they did the early internet & it's up to us to help teach them. Our users and developers have never had the opportunity to be as self empowered over their own resources as they will be in this evolution of computing & it's up to us to help them understand what's possible.
Hence, a Governance Officer will leave her comfy post as corporate policy wonk and advisor to roll up sleeves and build a framework that will mold the people, process & responsibility aspects of The Cloud. I'm putting my career where my mouth is & I'm gonna start helping the build out.
It's a monster challenge & I'm scared as hell which makes me happier than I've been in a long time-- and I'm a pretty happy kinda gal!