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High Five: Meet Hal Jespersen, CTO Of Open IT Works

Apr 27, 2007 (08:04 PM EDT)

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Hal Jespersen
CTO of Open IT Works

Interview by Richard Martin

Bob Young, CEO of Lulu

Photograph by Jeffery Newbury




1
ONCE IS ENOUGH
"We know CIOs have limited budgets, and they're duplicating a lot of work that their colleagues are doing," Jespersen says. "We identify portions of activities that are routine and [help them] collaborate to take advantage of common solutions, rather than reinventing the wheel each time."

2
ALL TOGETHER
Open IT Works is similar to the open source model, he says, "but instead of just source code, we're creating solutions: code, best practices, evaluations, documentation--anything that makes sense to work on as common parts of the enterprise."

3
ON THE RUN
Jespersen is training for October's Portland Marathon with a group called Team in Training, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "We do a track workout one night a week at the Stanford track, and then on the weekend we do longer trail runs in places all over the [San Francisco] peninsula."

4
RISK AVERSE
A current project for Open IT Works is open source applications: "We're working on issues that CIOs are concerned about: how to manage open source projects, how to minimize the risks to the enterprise, how to select a license, and so on."

5
WAR'S END
An amateur Civil War historian, Jespersen had his own military experience in Vietnam. "In 1973, at the end of the war, I was running the military telephone system in Saigon. U.S. involvement had ratcheted way down, but we were still bombing. We'd wake up and hear B-52s rumbling in the distance--it was like an earthquake."