Forum on World Class IT - 281 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: CIO Career Path

Tim Harvey, Executive Vice President of Shared Services & Chief Information Officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation

Among other topics, Tim discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy

  • Localizing a global ERP system to function across 77 countries
  • Using technology to help companies merge and split apart
  • Rolling out a loyalty program across thousands of properties in four months
  • Leveraging experiences as a CIO to successfully run other areas of a company
  • How to use a technology solution to not only match competitor business performance, but to quickly surpass it

Randy Krotowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Caterpillar

In this interview, Randy Krotowski, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Caterpillar, a $54 billion manufacturing company, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The strategic value of a dual VP Global Information Services and CIO role
  • The importance of talent management and legacy planning for operational excellence and business transformation
  • Caterpillar’s strategic focus on customer facing IT capabilities
  • How to include business leaders in developing IT
  • Eye on the Trends: The exciting possibilities for manufacturing companies like Caterpillar to move into commercial software, promote supply chain agility, and achieve IT-enabled integration of a network of independent dealers

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

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

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

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

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

Marc Saffer, Chief Information Officer of J.Crew

In this interview, Marc Saffer, Chief Information Officer of J. Crew discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and four, IT & Business Partnership, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The structure and dynamics of the CIO office at J.Crew
  • Marc’s focus on company culture, business strategy and people management in preparation of his role as J.Crew’s new CIO
  • Marc’s multi-staged people assessment and project selection strategies in the first few days in his new job
  • Eye on the Trends: The critical role of business and IT alignment in success of J.Crew’s new projects: international expansion and supporting websites, enterprise selling capability

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

Serge Leduc, CIO of Canadian National

In this interview, Serge Leduc, CIO of Canadian National, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle two, Infrastructure with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role at Canadian National and his technology plans
  • How he thinks about data integration with the large network he has built amongst customers and vendors
  • How his organization has thought about the Internet of Things and how to bring that trend to life
  • How he rose to the role of CIO in a new industry
  • His past experience at consulting firms and British American Tobacco and methods he has transferred from those roles
  • How he has attracted and retained talent at Canadian National to stay up-to-date on technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Predictive Analytics and the Internet of Things