<i>Enterprise Systems</i> Power 100: 11-20

IT Leaders No. 11-20

11. Michael Ruettgers(Executive Chairman, EMC Corp.)
Storage used to be boring. While file systems and SCSI protocols were hot, users and Wall Street largely ignored storage. Now that e-business is business as usual, enterprises are discovering that managing storage is a job in itself. EMC proved eager to help companies develop appropriate storage solutions with its line of Storage Area Network (SAN) products, and, more recently, with Network Attached Storage (NAS) offerings. Under Ruettgers’ leadership, EMC has quickly become the 800-pound gorilla in the storage arena, making it the choice of enterprise administrators and the darling of Wall Street.

12. John Chambers (President & CEO, Cisco Systems Inc.)
Cisco’s dominance of the router market and its (formerly huge) appetite for acquisitions are legendary, but the real story may lie in Cisco’s manufacturing and inventory management. Outsourcing much of its manufacturing, Cisco assembles its routers from parts made by other manufacturers, then sells them with its brand name. It was a profitable strategy in good times, but today’s economy may test that strategy. As sales have started to slow, Cisco has found itself with an inventory far greater than market demand. In addition, the company faces stiff competition from both the high and low ends. At the top of the network products scale, it battles niche players like Juniper Networks, which offers enterprise and carrier grade switches and routers. At the same time, the low-end is slowly moving toward a commodity focus, opening the market to players who compete on cost rather than brand.

13. Bill Gates (Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corp.)
Love him, hate him, call him a capitalist devil or brilliant entrepreneur. Whether underdog or overlord, Bill Gates owns what is probably the most recognized face in computing. Less than two years ago, pundits predicted the demise of the Microsoft empire, but the “Teflon Chairman” has landed on his feet, and the rest of the industry still holds its breath every time Dollar Bill holds a press conference. As Microsoft’s “new” software architect, Gates is now focused on technical strategy rather than day-to-day operations. With his company’s new .NET architecture, Gates is hoping to further cement his hold on application development. Between its newest enterprise server systems —like BizTalk and SQL Server 2000—and the Windows 2000 Datacenter Server—which can run on 32-processor machines—Microsoft is poised to disrupt enterprise computing in significant ways, thus expanding its status as a mover in a range of high-tech areas.

14. Dave Winer (Co-author, SOAP Spec; President, Userland Software Inc.; Industry Pundit)
Winer’s career has taken a number of interesting twists and turns since he first made a splash with the spreadsheet Visicalc. Now, he focuses on document sharing for end users via XML. One of the major architects of the XML standard XML-RPC and the SOAPprotocol, he has vociferously criticized Microsoft for pushing what he sees as proprietary changes to an ostensibly open framework. His scriptingnews.com Weblog features his updates on the computer industry and XML initiatives.

15. Mark Andreessen (Chairman & Co-founder, Loudcloud Inc.)
As a college student, Andreessen was a principal developer of the Mosaic Internet browser, which brought a point-and-click interface to Internet content. Not content to simply change the client side of the Internet experience, he founded Loudcloud to develop software and services for hosting and managing Internet sites. While Loudcloud may find a profitable niche in the market, the company has bumped heads with some of its partners. As it shifted business models, the company moved from hosting software to managed hosting services—making its customers its competitors.

16. Daniel Warmenhoven (CEO, Network Appliance Inc.)
While SANs have changed the way many enterprises handle storage, Network Appliance offers an alternative: high-end NAS. Unlike SAN, NAS devices generally use IP networking for connecting servers to storage. That means that standard Ethernet can connect devices together, which can simplify management. While it uses standard networking protocols, NetApp wrote a file system and an operating system from the ground up to improve data transmission performance.

17. Hasso Plattner (Co-chairman & Co-CEO, SAP, AG)
SAP has long dominated the ERP market, providing back-office services to companies ranging from Fortune 500 to mid-sized. As ERP continues to heat up, SAP’s position in the market may well become increasingly powerful. SAP has also targeted the B-to-B market, offering integration strategies for creating business-to-business exchanges that allow companies to talk directly to their suppliers through ERP systems.

18. Linda Sanford (Senior Vice President & Group Executive, Storage Systems Group, IBM Corp.)
While EMC may have taken the lead in the SAN market, IBM has hardly sat on the sidelines. Led by Sanford, the storage division has introduced a number of products and initiatives into the storage space, thereby altering the landscape. IBM’s “Shark” storage server enables advanced management and routing of block-level storage traffic across the SAN, simplifying implementations. In addition, the IBM storage unit has spearheaded a program to resolve one of the SAN world’s biggest problems—interoperability. Partnerships with Compaq and others may help IBM become a greater power yet in the storage world.

19. Al Zollar(President & CEO, Lotus Development Corp.)
Historically, Lotus has remained an independent company that happened to be owned by IBM. However, when Zollar took the reins last year, speculation arose that Lotus might be further integrated into its parent company. Coming from IBM’s network computing software division, Zollar has the potential to further tie Lotus’ products into IBM. With IBM Global Services as a potential sales force, Lotus has the opportunity to expand its reach into the IT marketplace.

20. David Boies (Founding Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner)
Boies made his first impact in the computer world when he helped bolster the Justice Department’s antitrust case against Microsoft. Although his work for Al Gore during the Florida vote recount late last year probably precludes him from working for the current administration, he is still active in technology-related cases. Boies has defended Napster in its battles with the record industry, arguing on both legal and technological grounds.

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