Salesforce nabs former US Govt CIO

 

From 'cloud-first' to nothing but the cloud.

Salesforce.com has appointed former US Federal Government chief information officer Vivek Kundra as its executive vice president for emerging markets.

Kundra left the government for a teaching role at Harvard University last year.

In September, he spoke about public policy at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference alongside its chief Mark Benioff and European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes.

Benioff tapped Kundra because of his ability to "drive innovation", the company announced overnight.

"Vivek Kundra is an amazing technology visionary who opened the eyes of millions to the transformational power of cloud computing," said Benioff in a statement

"His disruptive leadership is just what the industry needs to accelerate the social enterprise." 

Likewise, Kundra described Salesforce.com as an “industry disruptor, helping organisations use the transformative power of technology for change”.

Kundra is credited with managing $80 billion in technology investments for the US Government while it worked towards slashing public sector technology spending.

He was also behind the Government’s 'Cloud First Policy', which was introduced last February and required agencies to move three services to the cloud within 18 months.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Salesforce nabs former US Govt CIO
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff (left) with former US Government CIO Vivek Kundra (third from left) at Dreamforce.
 
 
 
Top Stories
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
What InfoSec can learn from the insurance industry
[Blog post] Another way data breach laws could help manage risk.
 
A ten-point plan for disrupting security
[Blog post] How can you defend the perimeter when it’s in the cloud?
 
 
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff (left) with former US Government CIO Vivek Kundra (third from left) at Dreamforce.
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  27%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  21%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1032

Vote