Forum on World Class IT - 247 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.

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Geoff Hinton, Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto

In this interview, Geof Hinton, Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His day to day work as a professor at the University of Toronto and as a distinguished researcher at Google
  • His thoughts on the current progress of the development of true artificial intelligence
  • What inspired him to pursue his PhD in Artificial Intelligence when the topic was less prominent than it is today
  • The founding of the Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception Program (NCAP) and how he brought these world class thinkers together
  • The outcomes of his work at the NCAP
  • His perspectives on non-profit work being a major player within the Artificial Intelligence space
  • How much crossover there is between his work at the University of Toronto and his work at Google
  • DeepMind, the importance of it, and how contests like the recent AlphaGo are important in the field of Artificial Intelligence
  • His perspectives on the risk vs. opportunity within AI
  • Whether the government has a role to play in pending job losses due to artificial intelligence
  • His thoughts on the recent trend of skipping university to move straight into entrepreneurship

Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

In this interview, Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • High impact Artificial Intelligence research and engineering at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Some promising future outcomes of developments within the artificial intelligence field
  • Why equating intelligence with autonomy is inaccurate
  • His perspectives on the dangers of artificial intelligence that have been expressed by major technology leaders
  • Job displacement and the role of government in ensuring an easier transition
  • Methods he uses to stay current on upcoming technology trends
  • The role Paul Allen plays in the day to day operations
  • Partner organizations and the benefits of those partnerships
  • The people who most influenced him to become a serial entrepreneur
  • The significance of Alpha Go defeating the human international champion of Go
  • Advice on the use of artificial intelligence for enterprises considering the use of AI

Arne Josefsberg, CIO and Chief Infrastructure Officer of GoDaddy.com

In this interview, Arne Josefsberg, Chief Information Officer and Chief Infrastructure Officer of GoDaddy.com discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Background on GoDaddy’s business
  • Arne’s strategic priorities at GoDaddy for the future
  • International expansion and the role that IT plays in the GoDaddy’s international growth strategy
  • How he has built and organized his team to focus on the global cloud
  • Openstack and how he has focused a large amount of his efforts in that area
  • The launch of a social-minded intranet at GoDaddy
  • How he sees the role of CIO within an organization where everybody has a high level of technology expertise
  • Eye on the Trends: Big Data and Analytics, Security, DevOps, Software Defined Networks

Kim Stevenson, CIO of Intel

In this interview, Kim Stevenson, CIO of Intel, discusses World Class IT Principle one, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her priorities for the next year, including Big Data and Analytics
  • Methods she is using to communicate and create cultural change across the organization
  • The IT Annual Plan, how it was been honed, and its wide distribution
  • IT’s role in bringing innovation to the business units
  • Security and how she balances risk taking with risk mitigation
  • Her membership on the board of Cloudera and how she began the process of board membership
  • What she has brought back to her job from her board memberships
  • Transparency in operations and how she approaches social media in that way
  • The state of women in technology and how she advocates for continuing progress

Lidia Fonseca, CIO of Quest Diagnostics

In this interview, Lidia Fonseca, CIO of Quest Diagnostics, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Quest Diagnostics, their scale, technology, and partnerships
  • Her role as Chief Information and the responsibilities of her role
  • How she encourages her team to engage with customers
  • Big Data and how her team structures and analyzes the huge amount of data at Quest Diagnostics
  • Security and how she balances innovation and risk-taking with security considerations
  • Her membership on the board of Gannett, and how she came across the opportunity to join
  • How boards of directors will continue to look for technical expertise as companies try to become digital

Jim Swanson, CIO of Monsanto

In this interview, Jim Swanson, Chief Information Technology Officer of Monsanto, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role as Chief Information Officer of Monsanto
  • The digital revolution occurring in the agriculture industry
  • How IT works with other parts of the organization to develop digital plans across the enterprise
  • How the recruiting and skills needed within IT have changed
  • The internal brand of IT within Monsanto to assure its place within the enterprise
  • How IT interacts with the ultimate customers of the organization
  • His career path to agriculture through the pharmaceutical industry and others
  • Universal similarities across multiple industries within the IT department
  • Eye on the Trends: Decision science and analytics, predictive and prescriptive modeling, the Internet of Things

Mike Rhodin, SVP of IBM Watson

In this interview, Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President of IBM Watson, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • • Whether Watson was always planned as a business line, and how things evolved within the Watson idea
  • • The mechanics of Watson, and who is involved with the creation of knowledge for Watson to pull from
  • • The three service offerings, Watson Discovery Advisor, Watson Analytics, and Watson Explorer
  • • Some of the common threads across industries that make them ripe for usage of Watson
  • • Whether there is a traditional functional head who utilizes and procures Watson
  • • The balance between Artificial Intelligence and the safety needed with Artificial Intelligence
  • • The divide between those who are leveraging the Watson platform and those who are/will not
  • • How he sees Watson developing over the next five and ten years

Bill Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of CenturyLink

In this interview, Bill Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of CenturyLink, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His organization, CenturyLink, and his role within the organization
  • His multi-decade tenure at the organization, and how IT’s contribution to the organization has changed over that period of time
  • How IT recruits individuals from other parts of the organization, and the rotational program that exists within CenturyLink
  • Innovation, the role that IT plays in innovation, and the methods of innovation within the organization
  • The on-demand resource model within IT, and the rationale behind the model
  • Growth through acquisition, and the role that IT plays in M&A at CenturyLink
  • The importance of gaining knowledge of the business, rather than just the technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobile-first mentality, services approach to architecture, Agile methodologies, and analytics

John Marcante, Chief Information Officer of the Vanguard Group

In this interview, John Marcante, Chief Information Officer of the Vanguard Group, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How he works with colleagues and customers to develop technology to serve clients and manage investments
  • What traits he believes CIOs need in order to be successful given changing technology trends
  • The rotational program within Vanguard to move employees between IT and other divisional roles
  • IT’s role in championing digital within the organization
  • The methods he has used to bring start-up methodologies within a much larger organization
  • Talent management, and how he trains and recruits for needed new skills
  • The advantage of having IT personnel within other parts of the organization
  • The benefits of having IT’s own employees as customers of the organization
  • Eye on the Trends: Predictive Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence Engines

Linda Clement-Holmes, CIO of Proctor & Gamble

In this interview, Linda Clement-Holmes, CIO of Proctor & Gamble, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The preparation process to begin her role as Chief Information Officer of Proctor & Gamble
  • Her diverse set of experiences within the company and how she thinks about her experiences for the future leaders of Proctor & Gamble
  • Her former role as Chief Diversity Officer, and some of the paths that she has seen work well to ensure promote diversity within IT
  • Some of her strategic plans that are current imperatives
  • The increasing important of security and how she balances security with innovative activities within the organization
  • Her involvement on multiple boards including Cincinnati Insurance Company and several non-profit boards
  • How she spent her first 100 days as CIO
  • Eye on the Trends:The Internet of Things, Mobile Technology