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Teresa Leung | April 18, 2012
Interview with Art Coviello

In addition, we'll rapidly see the new title "data scientist" in organizations. CIOs will have data scientists to make great use of big data applications.

CWHK: What inspires you as a business leader?

AC: Applying technology to solve big problems. We are in an unprecedented period when we can use technology to solve problems like never before. We are an enabler and able to change the world. Nothing's more exciting than that.

CWHK: Talking about leadership development, are you hiring more people or reducing headcount this year, given the economic uncertainty?

AC: We will add people. We grow much faster--almost twice faster--than the market. In Asia Pacific--especially China--we grow even faster.

CWHK: What types of executives are you looking for in Asia Pacific?

AC: We have advanced development capabilities in Shanghai and engineering capability in India, plus support centers in Australia, Japan, China, and India. So we will hire more technical people, consultants, professional services executives, sales, and sales engineers.

CWHK: How do you compare the younger generation of executives and executives about your age?

AC: I'm an optimist. I want the next crop of executives to be smarter and energetic, and I believe they will be.

The Internet has shrunk the world immeasurably. The US had a tendency to be myopic--people there are now more sympathetic to other cultures and nations. I see that as positive. The younger executives will do a better job than my generation and solve more problems, many of which were created by the baby boomers.


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