Welcoming Remarks by Steve Ballmer at the Microsoft CEO Summit 2001
Well, thanks, and let me welcome everybody to this fifth CEO summit that we've done. It's our pleasure to have a chance to host you today. We do this session as an opportunity for all of us to share feedback, to brainstorm『群策群力』, to prompt some ideas and hopefully leave you with some thoughts that are useful.
We already have a thought that is useful to us. If you're going to put 150 people in a room with a device, you'd better not test with 75 devices the night before. You might not put enough bandwidth into the room. And at least as I was providing help desk support to this part of the audience, I was learning that lesson very vividly.
It has certainly been a wild year since the last time we did this event. Last night at the cocktail party『鸡尾酒会』I was talking to a number of folks about observations on the economy and how wildly that has changed. Certainly in the information technology business there has been ongoing fervor, positive and negative, about e-commerce and e-business, about IT and capital spending『资本投资支出』. IT is over 50 percent of the capital spending now with businesses in the United States. And as capital spending has certainly suffered over the last year, a lot of discussion about what's going on on that front. And certainly also a lot of continuing discussion about how to make employee populations more effective and essentially more empowered to make right decisions by putting information in front of people, right time, right place, et cetera.
We're going to have a chance to hear from Bill Gates about that and then have a chance to share some communal thoughts. We have a number of panels 『讨论小组』in which attendees will share some of their experiences and thoughts on a wide variety of these issues.
Certainly from my perspective the adjustments that we've seen in the capital markets『资本市场』, in the labor markets『劳动力市场』have been amazing and they've been amazing in all the ways that people focus in on obviously, particularly in the capital markets, but I was particularly glad that Bob raised the idea of doing a panel this time essentially on the labor or talent market, because I have seen a dramatic change in the flow of people and talent over the course of the last year since we've seen the issues arise in this so-called dot-com world.
It is a pleasure to host this kind of event. We want these things to be very interactive, very lively. We have a pretty full agenda, but there's still plenty of time for interaction, and that absolutely is the critical element.
And without further ado『麻烦；纷乱』, I'm going to turn things over to Bill Gates. Bill is going to lead us off with a little bit of discussion and demonstration of some of the kinds of things we think will continue to impact and positively impact the work all of us do over the next several years.
Well, thanks, and let me welcome everybody to this fifth CEO summit that we've done. It's our pleasure to have a chance to host you today.
We do this session as an opportunity for all of us to share feedback, to brainstorm, to prompt some ideas and hopefully leave you with some thoughts that are useful.
We're going to have a chance to hear from Bill Gates about that and then have a chance to share some communal thoughts
It is a pleasure to host this kind of event.
And without further ado, I'm going to turn things over to Bill Gates. Bill is going to lead us off with...