Profile: Timothy Campos

Name: Timothy Campos

Title: CIO

Company: KLA-Tencor Corp.

Age: 34

Industry: Manufacturing

30-second biography: One of the youngest CIOs in the Fortune 1,000, Campos started his career 15 years ago as a software engineer at Sybase Inc., where he worked for four and a half years. He's had software engineering roles at both Sybase and Silicon Graphics Inc., and engineering management positions at Silicon Graphics and Portera Systems. Campos has been in IT management for more than four years at KLA-Tencor, where he is now responsible for IT strategy and delivery for all of the company's information services. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Current project: "We are in the midst of a business transformation program for our services organization. The project will incorporate a variety of technologies, including IP-based call center technology, BlackBerry endpoints, connected by SAP NetWeaver portal technology to SAP R/3. All of these technologies are being linked together to enable a new means of delivering service for the semiconductor industry."

Who in the technology industry most influenced your career? "Satish Menon, who was my manager at Silicon Graphics (and is now a chief architect at Yahoo). He taught me the power of passion and perseverance."

Technology you can't live without: "There are too many to list. I am writing this on my laptop over an HSPDA 3G connection while talking on my IP phone using a Bluetooth headset while sitting in my wife's Toyota Prius Hybrid."

Most-critical technologies for IT this year: "Software-as-a-service-based solutions are continuing to evolve. I think this means of developing and distributing software will eventually overtake most enterprise software. This is due especially to the complexity and high cost of implementing and maintaining enterprise software."

The best thing about today's technology: "It works better. Things integrate better, and they are more fault-tolerant. They are easy to use."

The worst thing about today's technology: "It still doesn't work well. It still is hard to integrate technologies, they still break, and they are still cumbersome."

Technology can... "Transform your business."

Book that was most recently on your nightstand: Climbing the Ladder of Business Intelligence, by Jim Cates

Favorite Web sites: www.wsj.com, www.nytimes.com, www.engadget.com, www.gizmodo.com, www.cio.com

What sets you apart? "A unique combination of business and technical acumen."

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