Saturday, January 06, 2007

John Halamka reviews operating systems

I was at a meeting a few months ago with John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center. As the meeting was getting organized, I was startled to see him settling in behind a MacBook. This surprised me because I'd come to feel a sort of comraderie and affirmation from being in meetings with John where we were both multi-tasking on our quiet, confident ThinkPads.

After the meeting, in the parking lot, I confronted John on his betrayal (thus revealing all of my own tech insecurities), and he explained that he was doing a review of different operating systems for CIO Magazine. The full review was published in the December issue of CIO, and an update was published this week.

I've come to rely on John's clear and simple explanations of highly technical information for the work that we do at MAeHC. His insights in the CIO review are a terrific read for anyone who wants a clear explanation of the state of the OS market from a consumer's perspective.

Coming soon, John's going to have his DNA sequenced and posted on the web. I'm going to be the first to download it -- I can't wait to get my hands on the recipe for doing everything that he does......


Anonymous said...

When we finally get to see John's DNA, we are going to find out he is actually two people. How else can we explain his incredible energy and productivity???

Micky Tripathi said...

Well said Paul. I couldn't agree more.