Category Archives: Forbes Technovation Column

Yvonne Wassenaar’s Journey From CIO Of New Relic To CEO Of Enterprise Drone Company Airware

Yvonne Wassenaar has been named Chief Executive Officer of Airware, a company that provides end-to-end solutions that enable enterprises to scale their commercial drone operations and turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence. Wassenaar joined Airware as Chief Operating Officer in May of this year after having spent nearly three years as the Chief Information Officer at New Relic. She noted, “Serving as a CIO has given me deep empathy for what enterprise customers will be looking for Airware to deliver as we partner with these Fortune 1000 companies and work to digitize their businesses.”

A Recycling Entrepreneur Has Been Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

Peter High, Metis Strategy President, interviews Clifford Eric Lundgren, CEO of electronics reuse and recycling company, IT Asset Partners (ITAP). Lundgren was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on February 28, 2017 for his role in an effort to copy, import, and sell counterfeit Microsoft software. Lundgren pled guilty to criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, and in May, a judge for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida sentenced him to the prison time, three years of supervised release, and a $50,000 fine. Lundgren is in the process of appealing the sentence.

Bridget Engle Named New CIO Of BNY Mellon

Bridget Engle has been named Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of BNY Mellonm a global investments company which provides investment management and investment services. Engle will take responsibility of the company’s Client Technology Solutions group, which provides critical technology platforms and applications that support BNY Mellon’s role as the leading provider of technology solutions to the financial markets. She will be responsible for setting the strategic direction and execution of the firm’s technology agenda.

Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer

In this interview, Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships; and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The necessity of combining technology and operations
  • Responsible automated intelligence
  • Bank of America is not a fintech company
  • Guidelines for maximizing external partnerships
  • Advantages businesses of scale have over startups
  • Balancing innovation and risk
  • The war for talent
  • Talent planning and analysis
  • Cloud security
  • The importance of breadth and depth of experience
  • The impact of board involvement on the individual and the organization

IT Influencers Series Summary in Forbes

This page is the hub to the ongoing IT Influencers series in Forbes
Peter High discusses innovation and the driving forces in the backgrounds of some of the most influential members in the IT space.

David Trone, Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Total Wine & More

In this interview, David Trone, Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Total Wine & More discusses IT Principle One, People, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Total Wine & More’s bricks and clicks growth strategy
  • The evloution of the customer expereince in the adult beverage industry
  • The three Cs of Total Wine and More’s operating philoslphy
  • Doing business in a heavily regulated industry
  • Total Wine and More’s community involvment intitiatives
  • David’s campaign for the Democratic nominaiton in Maryland’s 8th Congressional Distrcit
  • The imporance of risk taking and failure
  • David’s favorite wine varietals

David Steinberg Has His Second Unicorn With Zeta Global

Zeta Global, recently announced a $140 million funding round led by GPI Capital and Blackstone’s GSO Capital, elevating the company to “unicorn” status as a venture funded company with a valuation above $1 billion. In this interview, Steinberg talks about the evolution of the company, the role that machine learning will play in the future, the value in having developed a 20 year partnership with one of the leading marketers in the world, as well as a variety of other topics.

Andrew Ng, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Coursera

In this interview, Andrew Ng discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Andrew’s unique, evolving, and passion-driven career path
  • The impact of AI on existing industries
  • Recommendations for CIOs and CEOs starting their AI journey
  • Advantages of implementing a centralized AI org structure
  • Opportunities for smaller organizations to leverage AI
  • How lifelong learning can minimize jobs displaced through AI
  • The importance of building strong teams and cultures
  • Key cultural components for success: work ethic and lifelong leaning
  • Chinese verses US business culture

Artificial Intelligence Series Summary

The Most Influential AI Thought-Leaders and Practitioners by Peter High, series on I would like to introduce a series focused on artificial intelligence. Advances in artificial intelligence are rapidly redefining everything from how we work to how we learn to how we treat diseases. The expertise and background of the individuals interviewed in this series is varied, ranging […]

Nick Colisto, Chief Information Officer at Xylem

In this interview, Nick Colisto, CIO of Xylem, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Xylem’s transformative journey into a digital business
  • The advantages of evolving from individual systems to platforms
  • Xylem’s Integrated System IT platform that enables customer engagement, operating efficiency, and growth
  • Utilizing technology platforms to serve overall business priorities
  • Xylem’s Five Star Model
  • Methods for gaining insights from within and outside of the organization
  • Xylem’s five strategic priorities
  • The evolving organizational structure of IT
  • Eyes on the trends: IoT for the front office, Iot for the back office, managed services