In 1978 I began my career at Georgia Power, and I worked for the next thirty-three years in the Southern Company system. Until 2011 I was senior vice president and chief information officer, directing IT strategy and operations across the 120,000 square miles and nine subsidiaries of Southern Company. I led more than 1,100 employees in delivering information technology to one of America's most respected companies. I had a guiding hand in executing over a billion dollars in the new technology initiatives that repeatedly earned Southern Company recognition as one of the “100 Most Innovative Companies” from CIO Magazine and also a spot on Computerworld 's “100 Best Places to Work in IT” list.
Three-plus decades doesn't seem ...