Forum on World Class IT - 337 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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Carl Wilson, Former Chief Information Officer of Marriott International

In this interview, Carl Wilson, Former Chief Information Officer of Marriott International, discusses principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How to cultivate an environment of success around you in order to progress in one’s career
  • The value of meaningful evaluations and cross-functional learning opportunities
  • How to reach the strategy-setting table as CIO
  • Taking data and information and turning it into knowledge
  • Eye on the trends: Consumerization of IT, the convergence of business and technology processes, the potential of mobility, and the criticality of analytics in the growth of corporations

Rob Carter, Co-CEO and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporate Services

In this interview, Rob Carter, Co-CEO and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporate Services, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • What technology trends Rob is keen to leverage in the next 3-4 years
  • The evolution of Rob’s responsibilities as a CIO within FedEx, and the benefits of having a position dedicated solely to the pursuits of IT advancement and development
  • The significance of board level access for CIOs within organizations
  • Rob’s personal ideology of engagement over complacency in a leadership position within IT
  • Eye on the Trends: The increasing importance of the connection between physical and digital networks, and the resulting innovations derived from the intersection of these two networks

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

Julia Davis, Senior Vice President and the Chief Information Officer of Aflac

In this interview, Julia Davis, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Using technology to improve the customer experience in the insurance space
  • Aflac’s Apprenticeship Program
  • Strategies for attracting younger team members
  • The workplace of the future
  • Utilizing metrics to improve employee and customer satisfaction
  • Eyes on the trends: big data and artificial intelligence

Jim Knight, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb & Son

In this interview, Jim Knight, EVP & Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb & Son, a global property and casualty insurance company, discusses principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Technology in the competitive arms race
  • Collaboration in a Global CIO governance structure
  • The enterprise PMO’s ability to facilitate consistent delivery
  • IT’s stabilizing value in uncertain economic times
  • The importance of establishing business intimacy
  • Eye on the trends: Three major disruptive technologies- portable devices with enhanced functionality and performance to enable the workforce, big data and the potential for analytics to drive critical business decisions, and cloud computing and its ability to facilitate faster market entry

Jon Harding, Global CIO of Conair Corporation

In this interview, Jon Harding, Global CIO of Conair Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The centralized structure of IT within Conair
  • The methodology of expanding an organization’s information technology system on a global scale
  • Vendor management practices, and the implications of local and more global partnerships for a major corporation
  • Eye on the Trends: The potential of big data, and the internet of things – ability of all sorts of devices to communicate

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

Stuart Sackman, Corporate Vice President of Global Product and Technology for ADP

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

  • The value of combining product and technology under one executive
  • The advantages of having multiple diverse roles in one organization for both the individual and the organization
  • Adapting in an evolving competitive landscape
  • Strategies for recruiting millenials and technologists
  • The development of Lifion, ADP’s innovation lab
  • Using hackathons to improve how services are developed and delivered
  • ADP Ventures: an internal team that builds and tests new product offerings

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

Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine

In this interview, Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO magazine, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Discussion of Gary Beach’s bestselling book, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap, and the need for America to produce more IT talent
  • The technology skill gap in America, and potential education solutions to resolve the problem
  • The growing importance of emerging MOOCs, and their necessary emphasis on STEM subjects
  • The state of the CIO today in comparison to the last five years, and the stagnation of business perception of IT
  • Eye on the Trends:Positive potential of big data mining in relation to customer happiness and product development; downside of this data cache from the security point of view