Why BlueOcean Entrepeneurship....

Welcome to my fresh start blog versing about what is like to be in global jobs, global companies, global projects, global mindnesses and everyday becoming more and more integrated and how to deal with cultural and regional differences in a smooth manner.I have called this blog Blue Ocean Entrepeneurship because I believe every global executive has an underpinning mask of an entrepeneurship from the inside. And of course the powerfull image of a big blue ocean ahead of us means the infinity of possibilities and richness in this path to our professional and personal achievements.

Welcome all!!!!

Rodrigo Montagner

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ECM - Entrevista à Revista Information Management


Segue abaixo uma entrevista concedida à revista Information Management e à equipe da colega Susana Batimarchi, Editora da mesma.

Meus agradecimentos pela gentileza.

Entrevista concedida em Abril de 2012.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CISCO STBU Strategic Security Forum for Mid-Market 2012

Here I go again.

As my second year participation, I can say that the outcome of the 2012 Cisco STBU Security Forum for mid-market customers was very interesting, from a stand point of a customer and also as an IT Executive.

It happened on the Bay Area, very close to San Francisco downtown, in a very nice and convenient location nearby the SFO Airport.

The event gave the chance to interact directly with the state-of-the-art security spots in industry, future product enhancements, also on hearing the experts about the design and human computer interface matters.

Also, the interaction between peers from all parts of the world was a top notch for me, as well as listening to such inovators as the main solution managers from Cisco from IPS throughout the entire chain until mobility and BYOD.

Also, it gave me the opportunity, as I always try, to interact and kind of feel the ambiance and the surroundings, in this case of Burlingame District and a little bit of Powell street in San Francisco.

BART Train inside pics from Millbrae station until Powell Street Stations

I took the BART train in Millbrae station nearby my location and took it into Powell Street Station. I could see some of the villages' houses along with the huge highways side by side with the railways.  A fine experience. The weather was between 45 and 55 F and very rainy, so unforntunately very harsh for just walking by outside.

At Powell Street Station stop, we can visit a nice street mall and a great food store named Bristol Farms, where you can find all kinds of natural seized food as well as vegetables and relatives.

Small Cafe wirh a nice expresso just by the station's mall entrance and right beside Bristol Farms store
Also, I've had the opportunity to visit the lovely Burlingame food district, with colorfull wineries, natural food stores and restaurants. I missed my wife and daughter a lot then, because it would be the perfect place to be with them as a free time spot.

Well, I thank once more the incredible competent CISCO staff, professionals and VP for the amazing and unique chance.

Once in a lifetime opportunity and very educational program, as well as an amazing stand point for having the latest news about cyber crimes, security and data protection.

I definitely appreciate that.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Leadership Lessons

An Offer You Can't Refuse: Leadership Lessons From "The Godfather"

BY LYDIA DISHMAN | 04-02-2012 | 11:30 AM

What does a real-life CEO have in common with the central figures of a fictitious Mafia crime family in The Godfather? According to Justin Moore, CEO and founder of Axcient, plenty. 
Moore is a serial entrepreneur, early-stage advisor, and angel investor. He’s currently at the helm of Axcient, a company he founded that provides backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery services to the small and mid-sized business (SMB) market. Right now, Axcient is protecting more than 2 billion files and applications for businesses across North America.
Moore also happens to think that The Godfather is “one of the best movies ever made” and had a chance to watch it again when the film was aired extensively last week to mark the 40th anniversary of its premiere. Though a decade had passed since the last time Moore watched it, his recent viewing offered an unexpected reward. This time he found the film rife with teaching moments for CEOs running a business today.
“I certainly don’t endorse crime or violence, and I’m not suggesting business should operate like the Mafia,” explains Moore, “but there are some universal themes in the movie I can relate to as a CEO.” Moore says The Godfather offers valuable lessons in community and team building, making tough decisions, and playing to win while not neglecting friends and family.
Here are five essential leadership lessons Moore distilled for Fast Company.
1. Build a powerful community. 
Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. ~Vito Corleone
Uttered in the iconic rasp of Marlon Brando, the words of Vito Corleone illustrate how he creates a loyal community among those he has helped. Moore says, “By granting these favors and helping people with their problems, Vito Corleone is building a network of influence--relationships that may or may not deliver a specific or quantifiable return, but all which serve to strengthen his power base and which have the potential to be reciprocal in the long run.”
Moore says building strategic partnerships enables companies to work through challenging markets and fast-track overall success. “As a CEO, I see it as part of my job to be a super connector, networking with the technology and investment community without an expectation of reciprocation. Partnerships forged through time, trust, and mutual benefit--such as those Axcient has built with HP, Ingram-Micro, and a vast network of service providers and resellers--are the types of community relationships that bring about the greatest returns.”
2. Hold people accountable. 
What's the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft. ~Vito Corleone
The Godfather reminds us of the importance of being tough when necessary. “As soon as Vito Corleone allowed a few moments of weakness to be seen by his enemy, they attempted to assassinate him. And it was largely because of failures of his team,” Moore observes.
“In business, accountability isn’t achieved by a murderous rampage. But the lesson is this--to be successful in business you have to be tough, and you have to be extremely focused on hitting goals and getting results," says Moore. That doesn’t mean patience and understanding don’t have a place, he says, but ongoing tolerance of low-performing people or products just eats away at the success of the entire company. “You are ultimately responsible for all of your employees and shareholders, and that requires tough and swift decisions.
3. Don’t get emotional. 
It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business. ~Michael Corleone
“Many people don’t like to talk about the fact that in business, there are winners and losers. When Sonny Corleone reacts impulsively and emotionally, he gets taken out. In business, if you don’t take the opportunity to out-sell, out-bid, or out-market your competitor, they’ll take you out. I’m not suggesting doing anything outside the boundaries of morality or rightness--simply pointing out that when people make emotional decisions, they start making bad decisions. To lead successfully, you have to take your emotion and ego out of the equation.”
Likewise, Moore says it’s important to play to win. In business, that translates to knowing the competition and always staying at least one step ahead. “Operate your business with integrity and have respect for competition, but you also need to seize opportunities to eliminate your competition and win.”
4. Be decisive. 
Moore says that he, like most people who appreciate The Godfatherwatch the movie with a combination of shock and respect. “Shock because he is so ruthless that he kills his own family member, but respect for the fact that Don Corleone knows exactly what he wants, executes decisively, and commands respect through unwavering leadership.”
While you don’t have to kill anyone to prove a point, as soon as you know what choice to make, move forward. “Know who on your team is making the right choices, and trust them to take decisive action as well. Hesitation too often leads to missed opportunities.”
5. Spend time with your family. 
Do you spend time with your family? Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. ~Vito Corleone 
Moore isn’t endorsing 1940s machismo, but he is decrying 100-hour workweeks that many entrepreneurs fall prey to in hot pursuit of the next big thing. Though he’s been dedicated like that in the past, Moore finds it’s not sustainable in the long run. 
“A leader can’t be successful in creative problem-solving and making excellent decisions unless that person is connected to people and passions outside of work. I find that it’s often time with family and friends that gives me the perspective I need to build the relationships and make the decisive actions required for continued success in business,” says Moore.
Think we missed any big leadership themes from The Godfather? Get thee to the comments and let us know. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

To My Wife Paula

A primeira vez que vi você
Achei que tinha pernas estúpidas
Achei também que a cara parecia uma perna
Quando vi você de novo
Achei que os olhos eram muito mais velhos que o resto do corpo
(Os olhos nasceram e ficaram dez anos esperando que o resto do corpo nascesse)
Da terceira vez não vi mais nada
Os céus se misturaram com a terra
E o espírito de Deus voltou a se mover sobre a face das águas.

The Lady In Red 

I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight 
I've never seen you shine so bright 
I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance 
They're looking for a little romance, given half a chance 
I have never seen that dress you're wearing 
Or the highlights in your head that catch your eyes I have been blind 
The lady in red is dancing with me cheek to cheek 
There's nobody here, it's just you and me, It's where I wanna be 
But I hardly know this beauty by my side 
I'll never for get, the way you look tonight 

I've never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight 
I've never seen you shine so bright you were amazing 
I've never seen so many people want to be there by your side 
And when you turned to me and smiled, It took my breath away 
I have never had such a feeling 
Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight 

The way you look tonight 
I never will forget, the way you look tonight 
The lady in red 
The lady in red 
The lady in red 
My lady in red (I love you.) 

Meu amor, nunca poderei traduzir em palavras o que sinto por você, mas não me canso de tentar.

Você é meu grande silêncio, o resumo de todo o universo, o começo e fim de tudo, todas as notas de meu contrabaixo grosseiro, grosseiro....

Você é tudo o que já li, já admirei, você é todo o silêncio que já calou meu peito ao me emocionar lendo um verso, uma cena de cinema...

Você é meu Cine Paradiso pessoal, dentro das marcas fundas de pés descalços de minha nuvem solitária....

EU TE AMO, my lady in RED.



Friday, March 25, 2011

AIIM Expo Info360 in Washington DC USA

I writte this small note to let you know that the Annual AIIM Expo, this year called INFO360, happened this year in Washington DC and was pretty nice.

All the openning , including the CEO and CO-Founder of BOX.NET, a Cloud based trend up in the waves for hipping up the high tides on the Cloud, Western Union CIO and several others.

Also, que CIO Executive Council meeting was very instructive, within very intelligent discussions from CIOs of Veteran Affairs from the US Courts, Western Union and Red Robin Burgers, trading a very nice painel about the Future of CIO job, crealy and surprisingly in accordance and very good tunning to what I have seen on the CIO SP Weekend last weekend in Brazil.

Which means that we are pretty much in tune to what happens globally, at least in most Americas operations.

Very good week,
Now heading up to San Jose, CA , for the CISCO Security Forum.

See you there