IT Management Slideshow: Will New Apple CEO Tim Cook Please CIOs?
By Don Reisinger | Posted 09-01-2011
Will New Apple CEO Tim Cook Please CIOs?
Cook Learned From JobsIf Tim Cook could be summed up in a single phrase, it might be "Steve Jobs' student." Cook called Jobs a "mentor" in a recent email to employees. Considering that Jobs was hardly the most enterprise-friendly CEO, that doesn't bode well for IT.
Tim Cook, Apple's former chief operations officer, took over as CEO of the company on Aug. 24 after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs resigned. Jobs, now the chairman of the board of directors at Apple, recommended Cook as the ideal choice to be his successor. For consumers, Apple's decision to promote Tim Cook to CEO doesn't change much. For years, Cook has been learning from Jobs, and by the look of things, he will continue along the same roadmap. In fact, Apple has made it abundantly clear to consumers that they won't see any major changes now that Jobs is no longer leading the company. But what about CIOs and other IT decision-makers? For years now, the needs of the enterprise have taken a back seat at the consumer-driven Apple. But with a new CEO, might things change at Apple? Will the company become more CIO friendly than it has been in the past? Not a chance. Here are 10 reasons why: