Interview: Juniper Networks CIO Bask Iyer
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Bask Iyer, CIO at Juniper Networks is at the center of all the major trends in IT and networking today, including SDN, delivering on the need for BYOD from employees as well as the demand for more cost-effective IT for the business.
Iyer has been a professional CIO for the bulk of his career. Being the CIO of a technology vendor is particularly challenging in that the CIO is expected to be a technical leader that will take on the PhDs and engineers in the company.
"One of my biggest challenges has been the fact that at a technology company like Juniper, everyone believes that they are the CIO," Iyer said. "Because everyone has done one part of technology or another."
Iyer stressed that there is a difference between understanding technology and being the CIO of company.
"The guy that works in the music store might know how to play guitar, but that doesn't make him Eric Clapton," Iyer said.