Eight months after assuming the dual positions of CIO and executive vice president of global operations at Hewlett-Packard, Gilles Bouchard was in about as unenviable a position as a CIO can find himself. His CEO, Carly Fiorina, announced that HP had "executed poorly" on an order-processing and supply-chain systems migration. And Fiorina blamed the execution problems for a US$400 million revenue shortfall that, in turn, contributed to the enterprise server and storage group's third-quarter revenue drop of 5 percent in comparison with the same quarter a year earlier. Last week, Bouchard spoke candidly with Computerworld about what it was like to be in the hot seat as three other company executives paid for the poor quarterly showing with their jobs.
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