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.

Podcast tags Archives: Cloud Computing

Jo-ann Olsovsky, Chief Information Officer of BNSF Railway

In this interview, Jo-ann Olsovsky, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of BNSF Railway discusses principles two, Infrastructure, and four, IT-Business Partnerships of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Technology in the rail industry
  • Need for collaboration and inter-operability
  • Life after the Berkshire Hathaway acquisition
  • Mindset of a CIO in a B2B Company
  • Learning a new industry and company
  • Eye on the trends: BNSF’s use of mobile computing to help its customers track their freight, the challenges of the consumerization of IT, the evolution of the “always on” hand held device and information at the fingertips without the need to launch applications, the potential for video and imagery in rail, the digital storage boom and power of cloud computing and visualization

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

Mike Kail, Vice President of IT Operations of Netflix

In this interview, Mike Kail, the Vice President of IT Operations of Netflix, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How IT needs to understand business strategy and align with other parts of the organization
  • The necessity of broader communications skills in IT
  • How Netflix attempts to remain on the bleeding edge of technology
  • How IT needs to adopt an “IT as a service” mentality and avoid saying no to customers
  • How the multitude of devices in the workplace leads to convergence of data to the cloud
  • Eye on the Trends: Social and mobile, and how they will enable seamless collaboration anytime at anyplace

Ralph Szygenda, Former Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer of General Motors

In this interview, Ralph Szygenda, former Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer of General Motors, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Ralph’s opportunities and the key factors that led to him being invited and accepting a variety of board positions.
  • The advantages of and value added from holding board positions while still being an active CIO.
  • The necessity of having the correct “mixture” of a business and a technology background to become a board level CIO.
  • The current state of the CIO role and how it has evolved over the past few decades.
  • The importance of guiding younger IT leaders and training them to succeed as C-level executives.
  • Eye on the Trends:1) Mobility – the ability to have 24/7 access to information from both the internal and customer side 2) Big data and analytics – how companies can use the vast amounts of data they have access to 3) Cloud – how to leverage the vast knowledge and resources accessible through the cloud while ensuring security and compliance 4) Computing Innovation – what does the future, in form, anatomy and capabilities of the computer.

Roger Gurnani, Chief Information and Technology Architect of Verizon Communications

In this interview, Roger Gurnani, Chief Information and Technology Architect of Verizon Communications, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • What his title of Chief Information and Technology Architect encompasses
  • His strategic imperatives that he and his team are pursuing
  • The digital revolution and how he has handled the pace of change within the organization
  • ThinkSpace and the Internet of Things within Verizon
  • His career path and his experience within multiple areas of Verizon’s large organization
  • How talent management is undertaken at the organization
  • Eye on the Trends: Digital, Cloud Technology, 5G Wireless Technology

Jim Flyzik, President of The Flyzik Group, and Former Chief Information Officer of the Department of Treasury

In this interview, Jim Flyzik discusses principles one, two, three, and four of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • How IT is capable of addressing a number of the US government’s problems through cost cutting and improved customer service
  • The steps taken to drive substantial streamlining efforts across government agencies
  • The importance of approaching problem solving by framing an “Imagine if” scenario, and working backward from that to create actionable steps
  • How to engender support for technology change amidst skeptics
  • How to establish meaningful and productive relationships with business partners , and the need to structure the relationship such that he or she views IT as capable of solving his or her business problems
  • His experience of working with the Secret Service, and recognizing the need to approach cyber security as proactive risk management as opposed to reactive break fixing
  • Eye on the trends: enhanced visualization technology to improve the communication of ideas, wireless & mobility and the ability for the intersection of time and distance to approach zero, cloud computing, identity management, business intelligence, cyber security, and the potential for the “open source” trend to drive the proliferation of open architectures within IT departments

Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer of Google

In this interview, Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer of Google discusses principle two, Infrastructure, 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:

  • Role of IT at Google
  • Ben’s priorities for IT
  • Google’s “20% Time” and Open Source openness
  • The “corporatization of consumer technologies” (or the consumerization of IT)
  • Cloud computing’s benefits and impact on IT
  • The future IT worker
  • Eye on the trends: The criticality of browser security and how it should not be an afterthought for CIOs, the rise of Android and tablets in the enterprise and the need for CIOs to proactively manage, rather than react to the change, and the emergence and potential of the Chrome Operating System to solve many of the challenges brought on by personal computing

Chris Scalet, Former Executive Vice President of Global Services and Chief Information Officer of Merck

In this interview, Chris Scalet, the former EVP, Business Services and Chief Information Officer of Merck, 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:

  • How Chris familiarizes himself in new environments through engaging business leaders
  • How Chris’ role expanded as Merck built a multifunctional shared services capability
  • How Merck focused on the three step model of consolidate, integrate, and optimize
  • The evolving role of the CIO, and how CIOs have more opportunities to see across the business
  • How the CIO role has evolved such that CIOs are more about the business than they are technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobility and how it changes the way we interact with customers, business partners, and employees; the need for CIOs to embrace and appropriately manage consumerization of IT, and how cloud computing will become more pervasive

Vic Bhagat, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions and Chief Information Officer of EMC Corporation

In this interview, Vic Bhagat, EVP and CIO of EMC Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The logic and detailed set up of his role at EMC
  • Insights and techniques he learned from managing vendors at GE
  • How he conducts strategic planning to make it a more collaborative process for various silos under his leadership
  • His advice on preparing for CIO-Plus roles
  • Eye on the Trends: How large organizations are increasingly looking at CIOs to become more than “information officers” and help them grow and enable the business

Ron Ross, Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

In this interview, Ron Ross, Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His organization, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and his role within it
  • The paradigm shift in the complexity of technology and our ability to protect it
  • How the Internet of Things complicates the security problems already in place
  • NIST’s publication – Systems Security Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems
  • Who NIST engages for their publications and how they engage with their partners
  • TACIT Security – Threats, Assets, Complexity, Integration, and Trustworthiness
  • How people-centric security problems can be better addressed
  • The role that business continuity and disaster recovery plans play in security
  • Building security into systems to increase the level of confidence in systems