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CRN: You were a member of the Technology CEO Council. Was the economic stimulus effective for the technology industry? Did it achieve its goal of creating jobs? Do you feel like the stimulus worked?
Tucci: The answer is, part yes, part no.
CRN: We went back and looked at the numbers, and it's kind of interesting. IBM, out of the Act, came away with $104.6 million in contracts and grants. Honeywell got $73 million. EMC had $871,428, according to the recovery.gov database. Looking at the federal market, is that a game of political gamesmanship that these companies are able to walk away with that much while EMC gets less than a million, the storage market leader?
Tucci: I don’t want to comment on that. ... I’m 100 percent convinced of one thing, the stimulus aside. I’m 100 percent convinced that things will never go back to the way they were. This is a sea change. It doesn’t mean we can’t have higher employment [or] a great economy again. We will. There are cycles. There are innovations that are going to drive that. There’s a lot more we can do.
Like everybody else in the world, what really irks me is the two parties not coming together to do what’s right for America. Because we have such an opportunity now. The world is opportunity rich. We gotta come together and quit fighting.
CRN: If you were starting a business today, and you’re going to be addressing global partners, where would you start? If you were looking at it with that vision you had when you [took over at] EMC, and acquired all those companies, what would you do if you were starting a business today?
Tucci: I would do something around big data. See, I'm convinced that, with the power that the scale-out x86 architecture is giving you at really good prices, and the agility that virtualization and cloud computing is bringing, you can mass enough computer power now to analyze huge amounts of information in real time. Real time. Not build a data warehouse of what happened last week, last month, last year. Real time, what’s happening now.
And to do that, you’ve got to amalgamate three sources of information. You have a tremendous amount in your database in structured format in a company or government agency. There’s massively more information that’s unstructured in your corporation. And then you have all these public sources, including data that, if people opt in, and you carry around a smartphone, they know exactly where you are. If you can amalgamate public sources of data, huge amounts of public data, huge amounts of unstructured data, less so amounts of structured data, and then you can use real time and predictive analytics, that is where businesses will get huge competitive advantages and governments will get huge amounts of efficiency, and constituencies of those governments will feel they are getting more services and more value.