CIOs and IT folks are often thought of as the ones who say no or who try to box people into doing things a certain way. Fortunately, the growth of new technologies in the workplace and widely accessible open source software have ushered in huge potential for IT to transform its image and offer new kinds of value. Ben Fried discusses what businesses can do to position themselves well for their technology future… which may closer at hand than they realize.
Ben Fried is Google’s Chief Information Officer, overseeing the company’s global technology systems. His extensive hands-on experience in technology includes stints as a dBASE II programmer, front-line support manager, Macintosh developer, Windows 1.0 programmer, and Unix systems programmer. Prior to joining Google, he spent more than 13 years in Morgan Stanley’s technology department, where he rose to the level of Managing Director. During his time there, he led teams responsible for software development technology, web and electronic commerce technologies and operations, and technologies for knowledge workers. Ben is a graduate of Columbia University.