Forum on World Class IT - 290 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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Scott McNealy, CEO of Wayin

In this interview, Scott McNealy, CEO of Wayin, talks with Peter High. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The inspiration behind Wayin, his digital marketing software company
  • The disadvantages of locating a company in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • The tremendous growth of Wayin and EngageSciences
  • The sophistication and evolution of executives who have worked with Wayin’s offering
  • How Wayin uses insights and real-time campaign tweaking to change the decisions it makes
  • How his work at multiple times of the Internet’s growth will fuel his activities around new trends including cloud, mobile, and social
  • The resources he uses to remain abreast of innovation and technology
  • The future of the Chief Information Officer role
  • Eye on the Trends: Big Data, and the intersection of new and old industries

Mark Sunday, CIO of Oracle

In this interview, Mark Sunday, CIO of Oracle, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role and the areas under his purview within Oracle
  • The culture of being within a major technology company within the IT department
  • The way in which he tests and integrates new solutions to give feedback to other parts of the organization
  • As CIO how he acts as an initial customer to his organization, and how he can lend an empathetic ear to other customers of Oracle
  • Strategic priorities for the future
  • His service on the boards of a variety of other organizations
  • The digital transformation and how the role of CIO should play a strategic role in this area
  • Pushing the innovation agenda and how he has balanced security against innovative activities
  • Eye on the Trends: Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding, the Internet of Things, and Big Data

Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO of New Relic

In this interview, Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO of New Relic, discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Being a CIO in a cloud based company
  • The importance of CIOs having both a horizontal viewpoint and a technological mindset
  • Taking intelligent risks
  • IT departments as integrators and collaborators
  • The role of CIOs on corporate boards
  • The internal and external functions of a modern CIO
  • Diversity in STEM fields

Jay Ferro, Chief Information Officer of American Cancer Society

In this interview, Jay Ferro, Chief Information Officer of the American Cancer Society, a nationwide voluntary health organization, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The specifics of his CIO role at American Cancer Society
  • The differences and similarities in managing IT at non-profit and the for-profit sectors
  • The critical role of IT in enabling functionality of a volunteer based organization like American Cancer Society
  • How Jay prepared and gathered his team around him to achieve early wins
  • Eye on the Trends:The increased role of technology and platforms like CRMs, mobile devices, and big data to improve operational and research performance of organizations like American Cancer Society

Steve Betts, SVP and CIO of Health Care Service Corporation

In this interview, Steve Betts, SVP and CIO of Health Care Service Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, and principle 3, Project and Portfolio Management, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Healthcare Service Corporation and his role within the organization
  • How he transitioned to a new industry and how that affected his initial plans on joining the organization
  • How he organized his time to understand his new team and organization
  • The strategy that came out of his initial time at the organization
  • Some of the ways in which he has gauged success
  • How he has contemplated change within the organization amongst its people
  • Lessons as to how he has harnessed the power of Big Data
  • Developing more member-centric capabilities

Bill Miller, SVP & CIO of NetApp

In this interview, Bill Miller, CIO & SVP of NetApp, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, IT Infrastructure, Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Bill’s role in NetApp’s transformation from a data storage to a data management company
  • NetApp’s internal product testing initiatives: Customer-1 and NetApp on NetApp
  • The development of NetApp’s Data Fabric for seamlessly managing data
  • The valuable feedback loop created when your CIO or IT peers are your customers
  • How a culture of fraternity and flexibility encourages innovation
  • The three topics on every CIO’s mind
  • The importance of civility and collaboration for successfully running an IT department in a tech organization
  • Pre-working the First 100 Days plan
  • Eye on the Trends: Companies utilizing a hybrid of cloud-based utilities; Pay-as-you-go cloud model

Sebastian Thrun, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Udacity

In this interview, Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, a for-profit education company offering MOOCs, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, principle five, External Partnership, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The motivations and influences in launching the Udacity project
  • How Udacity aims to solve the real problem of “access” to higher education
  • The competitive landscape and business strategy for Udacity and other MOOCs
  • The metrics used to assess Udacity’s performance
  • Eye on the Trends: MOOCs will complement as opposed to replace the traditional university learning, which provides a fundamentally different experience to students

Timothy Kasbe, Chief Operating Officer of Gloria Jeans

In this interview, Timothy Kasbe, Chief Operating Officer of Gloria Jeans, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • A review of Gloria Jeans and his role as Chief Operating Officer
  • Strategic priorities and his roadmap for the next several years
  • His international career, and how he has adjusted to a role within Russia
  • Retail within Russia and how he has found the technical capabilities of Gloria Jeans, and Russia, from a broader perspective
  • Sources of innovation and how they have changed in the retail space across his career
  • How his time as CIO has prepared him to be the COO
  • Advice on how to follow this same path as a CIO at another company
  • How he handles internal versus external security capabilities
  • Eye on the Trends: Human Technology Interfaces, Virtual Reality, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, the Digitization of Enterprise, Customer Centricity, Security

June Drewry, Former Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb Insurance and Aon Corporation

In this interview, June Drewry, Former Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb Insurance and Aon Corporation, discusses principle one, People, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • First steps when becoming a global CIO
  • The need for careful decisions on standardization and centralization with a dilligent exceptions process
  • The value of focusing more on streamlining architecture, reuse, data sharing, and portfolio management
  • The usefulness of an Office of the CIO
  • Pushing leaders to operate at a level higher than one’s position
  • Eye on the trends: Ubiquitous access to data, consumerization of IT and the empowerment and pressure from executives outside of IT that is creates, the balance of leveraging cloud computing and maintain a secure environment, and the emerging ability to turn big data into information

Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Coursera

In this interview, Daphe Koller,co-founder and co-CEO of Coursera, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The genesis of the idea behind Coursera
  • How Coursera differentiates itself from other MOOCs by facilitating a “social” aspect to learning
  • The competitive landscape, business strategy, and KPIs for Coursera
  • The promise that education technology and MOOCs have in transforming education around the world
  • Eye on the Trends: Internationalization of content and enabling of mobile solutions so students have access to the material even if they are not in class 24/7. Coursera intends to expand internationally, given only a third of its current students are from the US