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The Captain has a New Ship

Lots have happened in the past few months and my blogging frequency dropped to just about brain dead levels, reflecting the changes going on in life. So as the 1st half of 2010 finishes and the 2nd half of 2010 accelerates into 2011, a quick catch up and new horizons to seek and new journeys to celebrate.

I am blessed to make a successful transition from the corporate world to the vendor world. Not just because of the current backdrop of the worst economic crisis we have seen world-wide since the Great Depression, but because any life changes are full of anxiety and sometimes 2nd guessing. If anything, today’s world is more full of uncertainties, new paradigms and so-called “new normal”, more global competition, more challenges, more people chasing fewer brass rings, and more risk – personally, professionally, familial.

Yet by the same token, there’s more opportunity as well because with societal changes on this kind of massive scale, human needs are created in which solutions are dying to be discovered. Innovation and imagination is waiting to serve. And into this breach I jumped both feet in with not much of a peak to check if there’s enough water…just go! So by surrendering to my surroundings and after long and deep soul searching with help, it’s a return to the roots. A circle back into time – to be the solutions provider guy helping wherever the need is.

Previously as a CIO in the Greater China region, I had gained tremendous experience in so many areas: Top Team level, IT strategy, Business Strategy, Functional Management, Leadership development (both personally and others), Business and Functional Change, Organizational Development and Decision-making, Training and Multicultural teamwork amongst others. It was full-on, dynamic, frustrating, disappointing, exhilarating, satisfying, incomplete…. Lots of memories of the people and friendships and for that I am truly fortunate and blessed. But with the overall corporate IT environment changing, it was no longer a good fit. And it is sad to see how IT has changed to be too conservative, too slow, too reactive in a world needing the total opposite.

CIO’s more than ever need to play to win, not play to not lose. Now is not the time to be the smiling daisy or a wall-flower. IT guys all over are in a world of hurt and the squeeze won’t go away. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. So, damned the torpedoes and full speed ahead – go down blazing.

The Business more than ever requires miracles on a daily basis and so throw out the old play book and make your own. CIO’s are buffeted by a perfect storm of (i) unforgiving business climate where top-line growth is like scaling the side of a mountain, (ii) cost management that borders on the ridiculous, and (iii) warp-speed response and deployment. We are in a brave new world for sure.

As a result of the new challenges and horizons to look forward to, I’ve jumped into the world of Cloud Computing and related technologies. Having a chance to work with incredibly smart and fun guys predisposed to giving it all and enjoying the journey as well as the opportunity to do cool and exciting things most folks only dream of doing…why not? Life doesn’t give too many opportunities but sometimes, when it goes, you just have to “SWOOSH IT“. Thus, it is returning to where my journey started during the dot-coms days and an Oracle ERP ASP. A second chance to work for fun, rather than work for the money/ego.

Check my new home out — Cloud Garage: Innovation through Cloud Computing.

In the meantime, I also did some minor housecleaning: changed from IP2MAP to TRACEMYIP widget which resets the visitors counter. Also fixed a couple of broken RSS feeds. One not so new feature is the article feed to my Facebook NewsFeed which I replicate here. Just goes to show what I’m reading and sharing on a daily basis.

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  1. August 19, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Hey man, good luck. After starting my own SaaS company, I’ve augmented my income implementing NetSuite at a small business. Absolutely amazing what can be done. Working with them about 1/3 time, I’ve implemented a system that previously would have required a team of ten-to-thirty to implement and endlessly refined their front ends and processes in ways that would have unbelievably frustrating if we’d had to organize multiple people to make changes.

    I can tell you a lot about NetSuite and if there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Andy

  2. August 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Thanks Andy! Appreciate your note and letting me know your experience with SaaS and NetSuite. Right now working with Force.com and have been really impressed.

    Hope all’s well on your end!

    Cheers,

  3. August 21, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Lui,

    unless the company has a need for account/erp capabilities, Salesforce is an awesome product. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of opportunities to make a huge difference with it for many companies. You’re in a good position with an excellent product.

    Looking forward to being jealous of your success,

    Andy

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