Forum on World Class IT - 170 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

October 13, 2014

People, IT and Business Partnerships

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Colin Boyd, Chief Information Officer of Johnson Controls

In this interview, Colin Boyd, CIO of Johnson Controls, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:
  • The challenges of enabling the IT function to be valuable partners to colleagues outside of IT, particularly how his team was able to weave itself into the technical depth of the broader organization
  • The evolving role of IT as it moves to support the technology behind the actual product being sold
  • The early challenges Colin faced when transitioning to a new company, industry, and technical role amidst the 2008 financial crisis
  • Colin's view of the “transportability of IT” as a skill that CIOs can master, regardless of their previous experience within industry
  • His tactical approach in shifting the culture around information technology from a static, cost-oriented center to a dynamic, value-oriented function
  • Eye on the Trends: The ascending trend of computing capacity within the automotive and transportation industries, the lessening imperative of companies to consolidate transactional systems in pursuit of business intelligence