Shut up & build it.

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! 


Congratulations, Michelle! Good luck!

Posted by Carolyn on February 09, 2009 at 04:48 AM PST #

[Trackback] There's little doubt that privacy is a major issue for Cloud Computing, and few can claim to fully understand the issue, but Sun Microsystems has made it clear how important the issue is: they've appointed a Chief Governance Officer for...

Posted by The Privacy, Identity & Consent Blog on February 09, 2009 at 07:17 PM PST #

[Trackback] At Sun we take privacy very seriously, its an area which Michelle Dennedy lead as our Chief Information Strategy & Privacy Officer. Anyway Michelle announced yesterday that she is taking on a new role as Chief Governance Officer for Cloud Comput...

Posted by fintanr's weblog on February 10, 2009 at 08:17 PM PST #

Good decision, will be much fun, I bet. :)

Posted by Bernd Eckenfels on February 11, 2009 at 01:57 PM PST #

Atta girl!
Michelle, if anyone can bring gravitas (read serious fun), credibility, knowledge, and good cowboy stories to this new post it is certainly you. Sun has made a very good move. I get to say I knew you when....
Don't forget, "When you protect someone else's data you are protecting them. When someone else does it they are protecting you."
Oh, did you get my mail?

John T

Posted by John Taylor on February 12, 2009 at 10:43 PM PST #

Hi my dear,
from the cold Germany I wish you all the best for your new role.

Posted by Christa on February 25, 2009 at 03:05 AM PST #

Michelle, are you going to Blog on this site or will you have to move. I will be leading a blog on Enterprise Architecture for CIBER. How about a guestshot on Privacy and / or Cloud Computing.

Love Dad

Posted by TRF on March 16, 2009 at 01:03 AM PDT #

Happy to do a guest blog for CIBER &, even more important, for Dad. It's your fault I'm addicted to data protection from way back in your mainframe time sharing days in the 70's. I love you for that. HOWEVER, about those plaid toughskins you made me wear circa 1976...

Posted by me on March 17, 2009 at 02:14 AM PDT #

Just to serve truth and justice. You would go shopping with your Mom. You did look cute.



Posted by TRF on March 17, 2009 at 02:21 AM PDT #

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