US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently wrote in Foreign Policy magazine
“As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point. Over the last 10 years, we have allocated immense resources to those two theaters. In the next 10 years, we need to be smart and systematic about where we invest time and energy, so that we put ourselves in the best position to sustain our leadership, secure our interests, and advance our values.”
Honestly, she is saying what I have heard her predecessor Colin Powell say in a different way. “150 million in the world are causing us difficulties – in Iran, in N. Korea etc whereas 6 billion are looking forward to wealth creation and improving life. But on TV each night, it is about Afghanistan, Iraq and other trouble spots.”
I felt that when I read Dennis Howlett’s column today about SAP failures. Jeez, I used to advise clients about that in the 90s at Gartner. After thousands and thousands of SAP projects we are still arguing about who’s responsible? You want my opinion? Hire me as an expert witness.
In the meantime, let’s move focus to the Pacific Century – I mean the cloud decade!