Rackspace CIO Steve Mills has been named to IDG Computerworld’s annual “Premier 100 IT Leaders” list, which showcases top IT professionals who have made a positive impact on their organizations through technology.
Mills, a Racker since 2010, has been a driving force in bringing Rackspace onto next-generation technologies. Through a program dubbed “Rack-on-Rack,” Mills and his team are moving many of Rackspace’s operational functions to the Rackspace open cloud in the same way that any large enterprise IT department might leverage Rackspace to offload commodity support activities in order to focus on business enablement. The Rack-on-Rack initiative goes well beyond eating our own dog food and will result in a much leaner IT shop that focuses on building and running Rackspace’s most critical applications. Through Rack-on-Rack, Rackspace expects to virtualize 80 percent to 90 percent of its more than 300 applications over the next 18 months, up from roughly 50 percent today.
The honorees on Computerworld’s Premier 100 list were announced last week. Now in its 14th year, the Premier 100 IT Leaders program recognizes individuals who manage internal IT organizations; mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues; create a positive work environment; envision innovative solutions to business challenges; and effectively manage and execute IT strategies.
“The Premier 100 awards program showcases the exceptional work of a dedicated group of senior IT leaders who are driving huge change in their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Every day, these exemplary business leaders make strategic technology decisions that track to their organizations’ top priorities. These men and women keep a keen eye on the changing landscape of political, economic, regulatory and technology trends that are driving significant shifts in IT. We are very pleased to recognize the leadership and achievements of the 2013 Premier 100 honorees.”
With the recognition, Mills joins 1,300 honoree alumni from classes dating back to the 2000. Mills will retain his Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader designation throughout his career.
Congrats to Steve and many thanks to his IT team for all they do to make sure Rackspace’s IT runs smoothly!