Forum on World Class IT - 307 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.

Podcast tags Archives: Business Intelligence

Tim Stanley, Former CIO and Senior Vice President of Innovation, Gaming, and Technology of Harrah’s Entertainment.

In this interview, Tim Stanley discusses principle four of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • How first establishing the company’s direction creates a path for innovation
  • The necessity of IT being used as a strategic weapon in leading innovation
  • Tim’s method of using 6 vectors to structure the path that enables and leads to innovation
  • The ways a company can leverage insights from their customers, particularly the importance of understanding digital interactivity and conducting rapid prototyping
  • How every IT executive should in some way span out into the business in order to understand how to improve what the business does
  • The importance of using alignment and analytics as strategic tools

Gaurav Dhillon, Chief Executive Officer of SnapLogic

In this interview, Gaurav Dhillon, the Chief Executive Officer of SnapLogic, an enterprise application and data integration software development company, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Technologies and capabilities that are ripe for the Cloud
  • SnapLogic’s strategic advisor CIO Council
  • The criticality of integrating technologies and capabilities
  • Embracing the changing technology landscape
  • CIO as the Chief Integration Officer
  • Companies’ need for data scientists
  • Eye on the Trends: The potential of leveraging the Cloud and Big Data together, the potential to access customers and employees in new ways through mobile technologies, and how Analytics will evolve from Business Intelligence to influence everything from pricing, to fraud detection, to product optimization

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

Bill Chang, Executive Vice President of the Business Group of SingTel

In this interview, Bill Chang discusses principles one, People, two, Infrastructure, four, IT-Business Partnerships, and five, External Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy.
Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Best-in-class information communication technology
  • The networked world
  • IT financial management
  • The importance of the Value Chain
  • Cloud computing security
  • Eye on the trends: The inevitability of cloud computing adoption, the scalability of mobile computing, the potential of a networked “M to M” mobile world, the power of analytics, and the challenges that the consumerization of IT creates for a CIO

Chris Lofgren, Chief Executive Officer of Schneider National

In this interview, Chris Lofgren, CEO of Schneider National, a multi-billion dollar trucking, logistics, and intermodal service provider, and discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Schneider National’s history as a early technology adopter
  • The transition from CIO to COO to CEO
  • The intersection of marketing and technology
  • Interacting with a CIO as a current CEO and former CIO
  • Eye on the Trends: the power of business analytics to find valuable trends that allow Schneider to proactively tackle both issues and opportunities

Keith Collins, EVP and CIO, SAS Institute, Inc.

In this interview, Keith Collins, CIO of SAS Institute, discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure and World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

• Orienting IT towards value
• Differentiating IT within a company whose business is technology
• The transformation and evolution taking place in the data analytics space
• Perspectives on the cloud first strategy
• Being “Customer Zero”
• Internal and external security concerns
• Eye on the trends: sensor-enabled IoT; the continued use of data to provide a holistic view in order to improve companies’ forecasts and decision-making

Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer Global Growth & Operations of General Electric

In this interview, Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer of General Electric’s Global Growth and Operations Organization discusses principle one, People, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Vic’s role and IT enabling growth at GE
  • IT innovation at GE and the culture of innovation
  • Sharing global best practices while maintaining local relevance
  • The balance of innovation and security, risk management, and governance
  • GE’s “onshoring”/”smart-shoring” of IT domain knowledge
  • The future of the IT leader
  • IT metrics and the focus on business process improvement
  • Eye on the trends: Omnipresent information and the capability of sending IT solutions to anywhere at any time, hyper-intelligence and how analytics can bring the decision support system to a whole new level, and the need to give ample attention to the entire user experience in order to ensure stickiness

Gary Wimberly, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Express Scripts

In this interview, Gary Wimberly, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Express Scripts, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • IT’s role in innovation and analytics at Express Scripts
  • Gary’s leadership in IT integration with Express Scripts’ recent acquisition of Medco
  • How Gary consistently aligns IT with business strategy
  • Gary’s policy of treating vendors as partners, and how he engages vendors in the innovation process
  • Express Script IT’s communication and talent development practices
  • Eye on the Trends: mobile technology, virtualization and the cloud

Dennis Self, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Electronic Arts

In this interview, Dennis Self, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Electronic Arts discusses principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The evolution of the role of IT at Electronic Arts
  • The digital disruption happening in the media and entertainment industry
  • Mobile gaming, social gaming, and the management of gamer communities
  • Risk management and the importance of security within EA
  • How the tech savviness of employees throughout EA affects IT
  • The importance of advanced analytics
  • How the proximity to Silicon Valley influences IT
  • Eye on the trends: Cloud computing, SaaS, virtualization offerings, advanced analytics, collaboration technologies, security and risk management technologies, mobile technologies, the consumerization of IT

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