Forum on World Class IT - 295 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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David McCue, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Computer Science Corp (CSC)

In this interview, David McCue, Chief Information Officer of Computer Science Corporation (CSC), a $16 billion provider of information technology and professional services to governments and commercial enterprises. discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • David’s role and responsibilities as Global CIO and Corporate Vice President
  • CSC’s three-legged approach to global governance
  • Standardizing around process, not technology, and deploying global solutions
  • Methods for effective best practice sharing
  • Approaching the role of CIO from a business perspective
  • Eye on the trends: Mobility, and how it enables individuals to be able to do anything, anytime and anywhere; analytics that enable seeing data in large amounts, and how it enables near real-time answers to business queries; and the importance of security in terms of protecting intellectual property so as to maintain a competitive advantage

Emerson Spartz, CEO of Spartz Media

In this interview, Emerson Spartz, CEO of Spartz Media, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Emerson’s entrepreneurial spirit and his founding of MuggleNet at a very young age
  • His educational background, the rationale behind his early home-schooling, and his attendance at college despite the archetype of young entrepreneurs skipping higher education
  • Common characteristics of successful people and positive influences to Emerson
  • The science of virality; how Emerson became enamored with the idea of media influence, how Spartz media utilizes it today for generation of its content, and whether viral media represents a change in the future of media consumption
  • How businesses should be viewing virality
  • His take on parenting in the future

Rob Lux, EVP and CIO of Freddie Mac

In this interview, Rob Lux, EVP and CIO of Freddie Mac discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • An overview of the recent projects where IT played an integral role
  • Utilizing metrics to drive customer satisfaction
  • The transformation undertaken by the IT department following the financial crisis
  • The technologically-informed business executives present Freddie Mac
  • Enhancing IT’s relationship with the organization through the BTO
  • Governance practices for large scale agile projects

Jay Vijayan, Vice President, IT & Business Applications of Tesla Motors

In this interview, Jay Vijayan, the Vice President of IT and Business Applications of Tesla Motors, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Jay’s role at Tesla Motors and how Tesla operates in a fast-paced, innovative environment
  • IT’s collaborative relationship with development teams
  • How all of Tesla’s business-critical applications for core functions are home-grown
  • How Tesla provides comprehensive customer experience through the use of analytics, mobile applications, and more
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing, and how it provides more flexibility and allows the organization to easily manage, maintain, and provision software to employees, particularly as the organization grows

Christopher Hjelm, Senior VP, CIO for The Kroger Co.

In this interview, Christopher Hjelm, Senior VP, CIO for The Kroger Co., discusses World Class IT principle two, infrastructure, and principle four, IT & business partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role at Kroger
  • How his team manages to interact with customers and vendors within this industry
  • Innovation in self-service and customers’ adoption of and interaction with developments in technology
  • His experience as a board member on Kindred Healthcare, Inc. and Rehabcare Group, Inc., among others
  • Eye on the Trends: open sourcing of technology to increase productivity and increasing data analytics

Nuria Simo, CIO of Inter-American Development Bank

This is one in a series of interviews with financial services CIOs conducted in collaboration with CIO Straight Talk magazine. Read additional articles by other technology executives at www.straighttalkonline.com.

    In this interview, Nuria Simo, CIO of Inter-American Development Bank, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; Principle Two, Infrastructure; and Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • New Opportunities that can be leveraged through upcoming technologies
    • IT’s structure across multiple regions and countries
    • Importance of interacting with people on the field across different countries
    • Incorporating technologies that serve the 21st century consumer
    • Changing IT’s mindset to becoming customer centric
    • Focusing on improving collaboration and knowledge sharing capabilities
    • Eye on the Trends: Internet of Things; Analytics

    Martha Heller, Author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

    In this interview, Martha Heller, Author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • How the role of the CIO has evolved over the years
    • The genesis of Martha’s book The CIO Paradox
    • The characteristics of successful contemporary CIOs
    • How CIOs will need to focus on developing and obtaining individuals with both business and technical expertise for their teams
    • Eye on the Trends: The need to meet consumer technology demands and the increased focus on data analytics.

    Jim Fowler, CIO of GE Capital

    In this interview, Jim Fowler, CIO of GE Capital, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • An Overview of the position of CIO at GE Capital
    • The role of IT at GE Capital and the development of a digital strategy
    • Jim’s view of how technological innovation should be developed and how it can add value to all the business ventures of GE and their customers
    • The importance of setting up IT as the technology arm of the company trough effective development, training, and recruiting programs
    • Jim’s approach to problem solving by understanding how and where to leverage technological developments across business units
    • How IT should treat data as an asset and have it move through an IT value chain
    • The critical role IT plays in keeping a company like GE Capital ahead of the curve
    • Eye on the Trends: The Internet of Things and Financial Services Marketplaces

    Kathy McElligott, CIO of McKesson

    In this interview, Kathy discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

    • The balance in a federated business model between shared services and independent business units
    • Interoperability in the healthcare industry
    • IT’s role in effectively using data analytics across the businesses/enterprise
    • Board service
    • Creation of technology hubs across the country to attract talent
    • Relationship between McKesson Ventures (VC), IT, McKesson business units and startups

    Kim Stevenson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation

    In this interview, Kim Stevenson, the VP and Chief Information Officer of Intel, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • How Intel is establishing business intelligence programs and the value they contribute to the business
    • The war for talent in IT and the traits Intel seeks in IT leaders
    • How Intel IT seeks to understand the business and its strategy at every level of the organization
    • Intel’s innovative IT on the Go vending machines
    • Eye on the Trends: How cloud computing will be fundamental for IT, as well as social computing and how it will affect work conducted in the enterprise