Category Archives: Forbes Technovation Column

Cynthia Earhart, Chief Financial Officer of Norfolk Southern

In this interview, Cynthia discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Cynthia’s accounting and HR background prior to IT, how she found her way into IT, and how her new role represents the culmination of her skills and experiences
  • The myriad ways that Cynthia’s experience as a CIO will help her succeed as a CFO
  • Cynthia’s perspective on the CIO-CFO relationship, given her exposure to both sides
  • The value that IT delivers to Norfolk Southern
  • How the company drives itself to innovate, despite being in an industry with a high barrier to entry
  • Cynthia’s strategy going forward, as compared to that of her predecessor
  • The gains women have made in senior IT and finance positions

Fletcher Previn, Chief Information Officer of IBM

In this interview, Fletcher Previn discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Fletcher’s accent to the CIO position, and how he prepared for the role
  • IBM’s cultural transformation, and the role of IT in driving this on the digital front
  • How IBM views cognitive business solutions and the ways in which IT supports and enables these efforts both internally and externally
  • How Fletcher approaches delivering IT value to a highly technical company
  • The philosophy and practice of “embedding security into everyone’s job”
  • How Fletcher engages with CIOs that are both his peers and his clients
  • Fletcher’s perspective, as a young CIO, on making IBM more attractive to millennials

Paula Tolliver, Chief Information Officer & SVP of Intel

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

  • Paula’s decision to move to Intel after 20 years at Dow Chemical
  • IT’s role in the transformation and growth of Intel’s portfolio of products and services
  • How IT’s partnerships with businesses within Intel help shape the products and solutions Intel brings to the market
  • The Intel IT Annual Performance Report
  • Implementing predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and value
  • Paula’s career path and the diverse roles that she has held

Neil Sample, CIO of Express Scripts

In this interview, Neal Sample, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Neal’s transformation of the Express Script’s IT department
  • Technology driven health care
  • Express Script’s apprenticeship to hire program
  • The steps Neal takes to prepare for new roles
  • The value Neal has derived from his Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Fostering personal growth while adding value at a new position: change scale, function, or domain
  • Eye on the trends: high utility wearables

Yoshua Bengio, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montreal, Co-Founder of Element AI

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

  • Supervised verses unsupervised deep learning
  • The heart of deep learning: disentangled representations
  • The genesis and mission of Element AI
  • Exploratory AI research verses applied AI research
  • The development of the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (MILA)
  • The significance Yoshua places on supportive and collaborative cultures
  • The evolution of AI in Montreal
  • Yoshua’s concerns bout lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs)

Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

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

  • The genesis of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science
  • The history of artificial intelligence
  • Aspects of human intelligence that have been automated to date
  • The impact of automation on jobs
  • Automated personal assistants as the predictor for the future eminent AI company
  • CMU’s strategies for retaining faculty talent
  • The two distinct safety concerns of AI
  • The supportive relationship between Pittsburgh’s government, universities, and tech and manufacturing companies

Greg Carmichael, President & CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp

In this interview, Greg Carmichael, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships; and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The role of technology in Fifth Third’s business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) relationships
  • Fifth Third’s multi-pronged technology division
  • Firth Third’s three-phrased strategy for developing and delivering new technologies
  • Why CIOs need to know each business within the enterprise
  • Greg’s career path from CIO to CEO

Forbes Announces the Latest Winners of the CIO Innovation Awards

The Forbes CIO Innovation Award winners were recently announced at our Forbes CIO Summit in New York City. As in previous iterations, the award focuses on chief information officers who are making some of the biggest impacts on revenue growth through innovation. We focus on these individuals and their teams because they are pushing the boundaries and expanding the domain of the CIO; a position that has historically not lead revenue augmenting innovation activities.

Allstate Technology Chief Develops the Uber of Roadside Assistance

Suren Gupta, a recipient of the 2017 New York Summit Forbes CIO Innovation Award, has worn many hats over the course of his career, but has ultimately found success by combining his technology and business acumen to tackle IT and operational challenges. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Allstate Technology and Strategic Ventures, he has demonstrated an incredible ability to seize competitive advantage through his commitment to innovation.

Monsanto’s CIO Develops Data Science Platform of the Future

James Swanson, a recipient of the 2017 New York Summit Forbes CIO Innovation Award, has been leading a digital transformation in the agriculture industry. In is current role as Chief Information Officer at Monsanto, Swanson has been trying to develop ways to make use of Monsanto’s vast pools of data and derive insights that can inform company strategy. In a previous interview, he explains that this digital transformation is focused around five pillars that define the digital opportunity: operational excellence, business productivity, customer centricity, revenue enablement, and disruptive innovation.