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By eweek  |  Posted 2003-08-06 Print this article Print

Following headquarters policies must be inconvenient at times … Fairchild has independent servers in several locations across the world, so we apply certain interaction solutions only to the Asia-Pacific region. After the global SCM project launches, that system will require a period of stabilization, and operating a separate server is ideal considering the speed of growth and the relative importance of branches in northeastern Asia. This should be possible now that IT systems are drawing more attention.
IT departments are often seen as money spenders. What about Fairchild Korea? And what is the role of the CIO?
Although it can be long in coming, IT ultimately delivers cost reductions. The role of IT is to smooth out enterprise systems, and the IT department must build around the other departments to yield an efficient process. My mission for the IT department is that we give all company employees the means to live up to their abilities without getting entangled in IT. Personally I think of the CIO as the Chief Idle Officer. Everyone thinks a CIO should be busy, but a busy CIO means there are problems with the IT systems. There is no reason to be busy when the systems are well implemented.


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