Category Archives: Forbes Technovation Column

Bill Graff, CIO of Cerner

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

  • Bill’s 13-year career path at Cerner
  • The critical skills needed for IT leaders
  • How previously being a part of a revenue-enhancing division of Cerner shaped how Bill runs IT
  • Bill’s purview as CIO: security, data centers, corporate IT, infrastructure, IT finance and governance
  • Advice for scaling quickly: robust processes, internal relationships and external relationships
  • Eye on the trends: public cloud, partnering analytics with artificial intelligence, gamification

Sheila Jordan, SVP & CIO of Symantec

In this interview, Sheila Jordan, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform
  • Using the integration of acquisitions as an opportunity to transform and simplify
  • End-to-end reference architecture: engineering to frictionless delivery
  • Building an IT workforce: balancing core competencies, augmenting skills, and outsourcing
  • Staying agile with your team to meet shifting priorities and opportunities
  • The IT department as Symantec’s CustomerONE
  • Women in technology
  • The expanding and strengthening role of IT in organizations
  • Broadening your definition of innovation to spur innovation
  • Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2018

    Gartner Symposium is currently under way in Orlando, and the company has identified a top ten strategic technology trends for the year ahead. Gartner defines “strategic” as those technologies that will have significant disruptive potential over the next five years.

    Roger Martin, Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute

    Roger Martin has been a leading strategist and consultant for many years. He is consigliere to CEOs of many multi-billion dollar enterprises. He also spent a decade and a half as the dean of the Rotman School of Management in Toronto, a post he took as an act of patriotism in the hopes of creating Canada’s first world-class business school. (He achieved that goal.)
    In this interview, he reflects on the future of social democracy, and posits that economic shifts have transpired that have altered the viability of the American Dream.

    Taso Du Val, Co-Founder & CEO of Toptal

    In this interview, Taso Du Val, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Toptal’s mission
    • Finding, screening, and monitoring talent
    • Toptal’s two engagement models: Talent Model and Toptal Projects
    • Taso’s entrepreneurial journey
    • Advantages Toptal has gained by developing their own CRM, ERP, VPM systems
    • Future talent verticals

    What Are Microservices? – Part 2: An Interview With Confluent CEO Jay Kreps

    What are microservices? In the first part in this series, I interviewed Matt Miller of Sequoia Capital. In this, the second part of the series, I interview Jay Kreps, the founder and CEO of Confluent, an open-source streaming platform based on Apache Kafka. Kreps developed Kafka while he was the Principal Staff Engineer at LinkedIn. Three years ago, he left that social media giant to develop his own company to develop real-time data streams leveraging microservices.
    In this interview, he describes his entrepreneurial journey, highlights the opportunity that microservices offer to large and small companies alike, and offers advice on how best to harness the power of this trend.

    What Are Microservices? – Part 1: An Interview With Matt Miller Of Sequoia

    Matt Miller is a Partner at Sequoia Capital, and he is among the foremost experts on microservices. He has invested in many leading companies in the space, and maintains a microservices ecosystem roadmap that highlights the various aspects of the topic and the leaders in each aspect. He seemed like the perfect person to ask the question, “What are Microservices?”

    Paul Fipps, Chief Technology Officer of Under Armour

    Under Armour used to be known primarily for its moisture-wicking t-shirts. In the 21 years since the company was established in founder and CEO Kevin Plank’s grandmother’s basement, the company has expanded its product line extensively to include hats, pants, shoes, gloves, bags, and the like.
    In recent years, the company has made three strategic acquisitions that will continue to reshape the company. With the acquisitions of MapMyFitness, EndoMondo, and MyFitnessPal, the company has become the largest digital health and fitness community in the world. Peter High recently spoke with Under Armour’s Chief Technology Officer Paul Fipps, who leads this digital transformation of the company. He sees the future as a combination of the physical and the digital, where one’s clothing and accessories provide better information on heart rates and sleep quality.

    Possibly Elon Musk’s Biggest Idea Yet – Revolutionizing Education

    Elon Musk has funded the next Global Learning XPRIZE. The first batch of winners have finalists for the prize have been named, each with the goal to develop methods to teach the 250 million children who do not have access to education the means to teach themselves to read, write, and do math.

    Alan Trefler, Founder & CEO of Pegasystems

    In this interview, Alan Trefler, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The evolution of business process management to digital process automation
    • Pegasystem’s Model-Driven platform
    • The value of “cloud choice” for customers
    • Pegasystems’ customer- driven acquisition strategy
    • The rational for Pegasystem’s decision to not pursue venture capital
    • Alan’s book: Build for Change: Revolutionizing Customer Engagement through Continuous Digital Innovation
    • How Alan’s passion for chess influenced his career path