Cloud plays prominently in an IT overhaul at Milwaukee Tool

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Eric Hanson, VP of Information Technology and Business Optimization at Milwaukee Tool, joined the company five years ago to help rethink IT as the company was remaking itself. Cloud ended up playing a critical role, especially when it came to the launch of a new product development tool that let’s employees collaborate from locations on opposite sides of the world. Hanson recently shared the story with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix.

Eric Hanson, VP of Information Technology and Business Optimization, Milwaukee Tool

Eric Hanson, VP of Information Technology and Business Optimization at Milwaukee Tool

Can you give us a quick thumbnail of Milwaukee Tool. I’m familiar with your tools, being a Home Depot addict, but give us the big picture.

We were founded in 1924 and today we’re part of an organization called Techtronic Industries, or TTI, which has a lot of other brands you might be familiar with, including Ryobi, Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck.   Europe features AEG and Vax. So there are several brands under TTI, and Milwaukee is the professional-grade tool brand. Milwaukee is about a $2 billion organization with about 4,600 global employees. We have two major data centers and some smaller centers, and we have manufacturing in both the U.S. and in Asia.

Does TTI leave IT up to each of the various business units?

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