Renee J. James, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel, discussed Intel plans to buy security company McAfee for $7.68 billion in an interview with CNET on Thursday.
James is responsible for delivering software products and support across for Intel's product lines. In addition, she is responsible for the Intel worldwide developer programs as well as R&D for next-generation software. James is also chairman of two Intel subsidiaries: Wind River Systems and Havok, both of which report into the Software and Services Group.
Q: What do you see as McAfee's strengths? Renee J. James: McAfee's No. 1 strength is that they have a fantastic R&D team, engineering, as well as research at the core of security: database threat management. They've augmented that with some very key acquisitions over the last two or three years. On a forward-looking basis, their core technology is very well positioned for mobile, for cloud-based security, for where I think security is heading. They're not a market segment leader in AV (antivirus). It's an important business and continues to be an important business but they have other assets that are equally important. And they're a pure play security company. That was another thing that was appealing to us. And they've been a solid growth company quarter over quarter, year over year.
How does this fit in with Intel's strategy? James: When you think about things like power efficiency or performance or Internet connectivity as major technology areas where you have multiple investments, multiple products--security is like that. Security is applicable to our products in the data center, laptops, desktops, and any Atom-based devices--whether they're embedded, TVs, automotive, or phones and tablets. Security is a major purchase criteria and a concern. So, it spreads across the whole product line. … Read more