Day 17: It’s off to work we go

Today was all about compiling our findings into a comprehensive presentation for Western Digital. I won’t bore you with the details – but lets just say that things started to get real when the six of us spent the whole day in one, windowless office crunching away at excel and creating dashboard images on a computer screen for the entire work day. Fortunately, we made great progress and should be just about ready to present our findings to the Western Digital – Malaysian team tomorrow afternoon, and then some higher level executives after that.

The culmination of this trip and project will occur when we return to the United States, as our team has the opportunity to present our findings and our journey to the CEO of Western Digital, Steve Milligan. That’s right. A day after returning to Columbus and quickly (hopefully) recovering from jetlag, our team will get together once again to share our project with the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company (we just can’t get enough of each other!).

OSU alum and WD CEO, Steve Milligan

OSU alum and WD CEO, Steve Milligan

While we do need a bit more prep work and fine-tuning, this experience here in Southeast Asia has more than prepared us to speak intelligently and succinctly on the hard disk drive industry and the future of enterprise risk management. Hopefully Mr. Milligan, a fellow Ohio State alumnus, will be as excited as we are about our project and as grateful as we are for allowing us to come out here and work for his company for a couple weeks!