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Sunday night, many of our PR team had the opportunity to be in San Francisco as AMD’s technology partner the San Francisco Giants were putting the finishing touches on one of the most dominant World Series performances in recent memory. Of course we were busy getting ready to make our own historic news with ARM the next day. However, we did get to take a moment to watch the final innings and experience the energy of the San Francisco as Sergio Romo’s fastball tailed over the inside of the plate and froze Miguel Cabrera for the called third strike that clinched the Giants second world series title in the last three years.
Because of AMD’s relationship with the Giants (and also the fact that my wife is a diehard Giants fan) I followed the Giants pretty closely this season. The lasting impression I have of the 2012 San Francisco Giants is not of any one individual performance but rather watching a team that was the epitome of teamwork. As this quote from Giants manager Bruce Bochy clearly states: “It’s amazing what they accomplished. I think when you look at this club, the terms ‘team work’, ‘team play’, ‘play as a team’, that’s used loosely, but these guys truly did. They set aside their own agenda and asked what’s best for the club. And we put guys in different roles, nobody ever said a word, complained or anything, and that’s the only way it got done. It shows so much character in that clubhouse, how they kept fighting and said, hey, we’re not going home.”
In reading this quote on Monday morning, I of course gravitated to finding similarities to what was top of mind for me that day – announcing the expansion of our strategic relationship with ARM and setting a course to accelerate the 64-bit ARM ecosystem. I consider myself to be more than a casual baseball fan and from what I can tell, in Major League Baseball, there appear to be two ways to win a championship – you either spend hundreds of millions of dollars on free agent players in the offseason and go for the immediate payoff or you build a team with young talent from the ground up and pull in some key veteran pieces over time to provide leadership and presence. The Giants clearly fall into the latter category and did not spend their way to a championship.
Giants General Manager Brian Sabean did a masterful job putting the pieces into place for the Giants into a champion over the course of the season. Bringing in guys like outfielder Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro, a much unheralded 36-year old utility infielder who had never hit higher than .299 in a season was with his sixth team in 10 years, who went on to be named the MVP of the National League Championship Series. That’s how both winning teams and winning ecosystems are built – making bets on players and partners who offer a perfect piece to help build a winning equation.
Now that the news of our technology partnership with ARM is public, so will the work we do to collaborate with other industry leaders to help build the 64-bit ARM ecosystem. The good thing is that AMD has been through this before. I have been with AMD for ten years and was part of the team that helped launch AMD64 and its flagship CPUs, AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ 64. We faced many of the same challenges then as we do now with 64-bit ARM – building an ecosystem of solutions and infrastructure that can take advantage of the memory addressability and benefits that 64-bit computing can deliver.
As the head of our Global Business Units said in her recent blog, AMD comes into the 64-bit ARM revolution with a deep knowledge of what it takes to be successful in servers; industry-leading 64-bit microprocessor technology, a broad portfolio of IP and the experience of working with OEMs, ODMs and ISVs to really deliver an enterprise-class portfolio of features. You saw other industry leaders such as Dell, Amazon, Facebook and Red Hat participating in our event yesterday because they realize just as no one player can do it all, it takes more than a one company to drive an ecosystem of this magnitude. The 64-bit ecosystem needs companies to work together to achieve its goals and meet the needs of the explosion of big data.
Congratulations to our friends at the San Francisco Giants and their fans on the 2012 World Series championship and for reminding us of the importance of teamwork in achieving our goals.
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