Forum on World Class IT - 243 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 Strategy

Paul Chapman, CIO of Box

In this interview, Paul Chapman, CIO of Box, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, Infrastructure, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role as Chief Information Officer of Box and how he prepared for that role
  • The ways in which he thinks about differentiating the business of Box
  • How his organization operates as the first “customer” of the company’s products
  • How he has built his team and planned his workforce from a skills and responsibilities standpoint, as a digital-native organization
  • What it is like to operate in an organization where change is not only inevitable, but also viewed as a source of strength
  • How Box views security as it invests in other forms of security, as well as its own
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud, Security, and new work style

Scott Phoenix, Co-Founder of Vicarious

In this interview, Scott Phoenix, Co-Founder of Vicarious discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The Artificial General Intelligence differs from Artificial Narrow Intelligence
  • How Vicarious is applying cognitive science to build next generation general intelligence algorithms
  • How AI may replace more jobs than it creates, and new economic and social constructs that could ease the societal shift
  • Vicarious’s decision to prioritize social good over investor returns, and why more companies should do the same
  • How Vicarious assembled an all-star group of investors including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and more
  • Education and if entrepreneurship can be taught in the classroom
  • The balance between the promise and peril of AI
  • World’s Fair style demonstrations of AI, including the recent AlphaGo win and Vicarious’s 2013 cracking of CAPTCHA
  • How Scott thinks about staffing, and how Vicarious’s bold mission acts as a magnet for top talent

Anne Margulies, University CIO of Harvard

In this interview, Anne Margulies, University Chief Information Officer of Harvard discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her role as the CIO of Harvard University
  • The strategic plans and future priorities of the IT organization
  • The IT Academy and how she builds new skills for her staff
  • How the IT Academy is administered, and how it functions
  • The toolkit of every IT professional and how she determines what skills are necessary within IT teams
  • Her history with massive open online courses (MOOCs) including edX and HarvardX
  • Eye on the Trends: The Internet of Things, Online Learning

Marcy Klevorn, CIO of Ford Motor Company

In this interview, Marcy Klevorn, CIO of Ford Motor Company discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her experience transitioning into the role of CIO of Ford
  • Strategic priorities for the past several years
  • How she has modified her strategic plans to encompass technology simplification
  • Innovation, and IT’s role in shaping the driver experience
  • The One Ford strategic business plan of the organization
  • Women in Technology and how she encourages other women to join the ranks of technology
  • The talent factory within Ford, and how its many alumni, including multiple Fortune 500 CIOs have been so successful
  • Her favorite vehicles, and the future of driverless technology in automobiles
  • How IT is able, as customers of the company, to provide feedback about its products

Amy Doherty, CIO of AARP

In this interview, Amy Doherty, CIO of AARP, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her role as Chief Information Office of the AARP, and how he transitioned from the interim CIO role
  • Continuity during the transition of CIOs
  • Leadership and her approach to culture within IT
  • Communication within and outside of IT and the value inherent from improved communications
  • Innovation and how it is encouraged within IT
  • Security and how risk is managed across the enterprise
  • Women in IT and how she has helped improve opportunities for rising women in technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Cohesive user experiences, wearable technology, and autonomous vehicles

Trevor Schulze, CIO of Micron Technology

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

  • How he became the first CIO of Micron Technology, and how he prepared to start the role
  • How his experience as an IT executive has helped him converse with senior management
  • How he organized himself during his first 100 days in the role of CIO
  • Some examples of the quick wins and organization changes he made upon joining Micron technology
  • Strategic imperatives within IT that he determined early in his tenure
  • Measures of success and how he has tracked the success of IT
  • How he has worked in companies that have IT as a focal area of the organization during his career path at many major technology brands
  • The war for talent within IT companies and how Micron’s university grants have helped benefit the organization to find strong talent within IT
  • How he considers the input of younger employees and the experience of more tenured employees
  • Eye on the Trends: Data as a strategic asset, machine learning, security

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

Michael Baresich, Chief Information Officer of Ally Financial

In this interview, Michael Baresich, Chief Information Officer at Ally Financial, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His company, Ally Financial
  • How his organization transitioned from 70% government ownership, and the role IT played in that transition
  • The culture of the organization
  • Metrics used to gauge progress during his initial time at the organization
  • How he maintained the balance of IT activities needed for growth with cost-cutting in the wake of the recession
  • Digital, and how he partners with other parts of the organization from a digital perspective
  • The extent to which he has in-sourced some IT activities and how he set the organization on that path
  • His strategy and priorities for the future
  • The skill inventory of the organization and how he builds out the skills needed within his team
  • The process he uses to ensure that his team is up to date on new technologies
  • Eye on the Trends: Existing consumer technology being optimized for enterprise uses

Jack Clare, SVP and Chief Information and Strategy Officer of Dunkin' Brands

In this interview, Jack Clare, SVP and Chief Information and Strategy Officer of Dunkin’ Brands, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • What the Chief Information Officer role entails at Dunkin’ Brands
  • How employees, as customers of Dunkin’ Brands, are able to suggest innovative ideas and technologies to enhance the customer experience
  • The strategy side of his role, and how that opportunity came under his purview
  • How technology is driving the corporate strategy and some examples within Dunkin’ Brands
  • Strategic planning, the process currently in place, and how IT strategy informs corporate strategy
  • Whether the role of strategy creation within businesses will continue to be undertaken by CIOs
  • The rotational program at Dunkin’ Brands to find talented future leaders in other areas of the company
  • How his role as CIO has changed across multiple industries in his career path
  • How he thinks about security
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud Infrastructure, the growth of consumer technology, and Mobile Technology

Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox and President of the Xerox Innovation Group

In this interview, Sophie Vandebroek, Chief Technology Officer of Xerox and President of the Xerox Innovation Group, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her roles as Chief Technology Officer of Xerox and as President of the Xerox Innovation Group
  • The creation of strategy and interaction with customers that the team focuses on
  • “Dreaming” sessions and the process of innovation at Xerox
  • What skills are growing in demand at Xerox
  • How the innovation and creative idea creation process are linked with the idea of fun
  • Xerox’s path ahead to bringing more female talent into the technical ranks of the organization
  • PARC (the Palo Alto Research Center) and its influence on the greater Xerox organization