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: CIO Career Path

Charlie Feld (Special Series Part 2 of 2), CEO of The Feld Group

In this special series part 2 interview, Charlie Feld, Founder and CEO of The Feld Group, an IT leadership development firm, discusses principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His book, Blind Spot IT, and his framework for IT-lead business transformation: Why, What, How, and Who?
  • Change management within IT and the broader scope of a business
  • The imperative of the CIO to proactively advocate for IT’s value contribution
  • Eye on the trends: The ability to create a “fabric of integration” that allows IT departments to react to an event and integrate in motion and in memory, without the contingency of ripping out and replacing legacy systems

Brook Colangelo, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this interview, Brook Colangelo, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, an educational and trade publisher, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His transition from CIO role at the White House to his current role
  • Steps he took to prepare for his new job
  • How he focused on “meta-listening” to identify problems and achieve results in his first 100 days
  • His philosophy to focus on customer and user experience first and then designing the technology behind it
  • Eye on the Trends: Education and the ways to enable and adapt to the learning process as the next frontier in technological innovation

Stephen Gold, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CVS Caremark

In this interview, Stephen Gold, SVP and CIO of CVS Caremark, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, Business and IT Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The current set-up of his role at CVS Caremark
  • The strategies he leveraged as he prepared for his first 100 days at the organization
  • Discussion of five strategic pillars that Steve prioritizes, and how he uses the ACT framework (accountability, collaboration, and tenacity) to develop metrics against those strategic pillars
  • How CIOs need to be great business leaders and strong technologists
  • Eye on the Trends: The recent changes in the healthcare sector combined with consumerization of technology will continue to empower people in better managing their healthcare

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

Jim Swanson, CIO of Monsanto

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

  • His role as Chief Information Officer of Monsanto
  • The digital revolution occurring in the agriculture industry
  • How IT works with other parts of the organization to develop digital plans across the enterprise
  • How the recruiting and skills needed within IT have changed
  • The internal brand of IT within Monsanto to assure its place within the enterprise
  • How IT interacts with the ultimate customers of the organization
  • His career path to agriculture through the pharmaceutical industry and others
  • Universal similarities across multiple industries within the IT department
  • Eye on the Trends: Decision science and analytics, predictive and prescriptive modeling, the Internet of Things

Andrew Ng, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Coursera

In this interview, Andrew Ng discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Andrew’s unique, evolving, and passion-driven career path
  • The impact of AI on existing industries
  • Recommendations for CIOs and CEOs starting their AI journey
  • Advantages of implementing a centralized AI org structure
  • Opportunities for smaller organizations to leverage AI
  • How lifelong learning can minimize jobs displaced through AI
  • The importance of building strong teams and cultures
  • Key cultural components for success: work ethic and lifelong leaning
  • Chinese verses US business culture

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

Cathy Bessant, Global Technology and Operations Executive of Bank of America

In this interview, Cathy Bessant, Group Technology and Operations executive at Bank of America, the second largest bank holding company in the US by assets, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle four, IT & Business Partnership, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How she manages multiple CIOs and senior IT executives that report to her
  • Reducing spending should not equate to under-spending, which curtails growth
  • The shifting away of focus on deeply technical and engineering backgrounds for IT executives at large corporations
  • The complementary roles of chief marketing officer and IT executives
  • How board work can be a valuable training for executives to rise within their own organizations
  • Eye on the Trends:It is a hard time for the banking industry in general, and firms like BOA will continue to reduce risk, integrate acquisitions, and decrease operating costs through superior IT

Angela Yochem, Global Chief Information Officer for BDP International

In this interview, Angela Yochem, Global CIO at BDP International, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The unique learning experiences she gained at BDP by virtue of being a global company with close ties to the global economy and marketplace
  • Angela’s rise to becoming a Board-level CIO and the unique advantages that can be gained from serving as a member of a Board of Directors
  • The historical reasons behind why CIOs haven’t traditionally served on Boards and her advice for other CIOs who wish to become Board-ready
  • The current state of women in IT, it’s potential growth and her concerns for the future
  • The unique advantages she gained from her non-traditional background with an undergraduate degree in Music
  • Eye on the Trends: The increasing impact of technology in companies and how the recognition of that fact is causing Boards to seek out CIOs

Marina Levinson, Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures

In this interview, Marina Levinson, Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, principle 2, Infrastructure, and principle 5, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her career path from CIO to Venture Capital
  • Advice on utilizing the VC community and building relationships within Silicon Valley
  • Her recent board positions and how she turned her CIO position into board level participation
  • Advice on how to become more board-ready as a CIO
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud, Virtualization, Security, Big Data and Mobile Analytics