It may seem like hubris for a 110-year-old construction and engineering company to benchmark \n\nits IT against the likes of Amazon, Google and YouTube. It might seem excessive to undertake \n\na major IT transformation after having just completed a massive three-year overhaul that \n\nitself resulted in 30 percent IT cost savings. But that's just what Geir Ramleth, CIO at \n\nBechtel and an admitted challenger of the status quo, has done.\n\nAs Ramleth looked at the realities of how his company's operations were changing (more \n\ncomplex, more distributed, engaging more people and organizations with varying relationships \n\nwith the company), he knew he'd have to take it up a notch. His ambition: to change the way \n\nIT serves business on a global basis, offering ten times the capacity at existing costs. \n\nThat's right: ten times.\n\nSeem impossible? Well, in his unconventional benchmarking, Ramleth discovered some \n\nastounding things. Bechtel was paying at least 50 times what YouTube was paying for \n\nnetworking and 40 times what Amazon was charging for storage. Google systems administrators \n\nmanaged about 200 times the number of servers that Bechtel's did. And so on. Ramleth \n\nbelieved Bechtel could do a whole lot better. It all boiled down to high-bandwidth \n\nnetworking practices, a standardized server approach, extreme virtualization techniques and \n\na multitenant application support strategy.\n\nSuch a radical approach may not be right for you. Or maybe it is. We live in disruptive \n\ntimes. Every CIO should be asking himself or herself: Is this a time for incrementalism in \n\nour organization or transformation? And what do I do about that?\n\nFor Ramleth, the answer was clear. "I truly believe that we as a company can do business \n\nvery differently in the future by changing the way we do our IT service offerings," he says. \n\nHe convinced Bechtel's other senior leaders that if they wanted to be around for another 110 \n\nyears, that's just what they needed to do.\n\nRamleth is one of this year's inductees into the CIO Hall of Fame. See who the other groundbreaker's are.