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: Cloud Computing

Abbie Lundberg, President of Lundberg Media

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

  • The “CIO’s Dilemma” of competing demands to be agile and innovative, while being responsible for cost cutting
  • Cloud computing and how the concept of making businesses more agile is a great opportunity for IT
  • How CIOs are increasingly focusing on the external customer, whether that be through business intelligence or directly customer facing applications
  • The evolution of the role of the CIO in the years ahead
  • The necessity to “get one’s house in order” in order to first develop credibility with business partners before earning the trust necessary for a seat at the strategy setting table
  • The importance of not only CIOs, but all IT executives that interface with business partners to be able to communicate effectively

David Johns, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Shared Services Officer of Owens Corning

In this interview, David Johns, the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems and solutions, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Leveraging shared services at Owens Corning
  • Global outsourcing for scalability, expertise, and cost control
  • IT’s emphasis on driving revenue
  • The “Bring Your Own Device” policy at Owens Corning
  • Innovation from the global IT team and increasingly tech-savvy workforce
  • Eye on the trends: How virtualization and cloud computing enable mobility, drive cost savings, and expedite deployment capabilities; the productivity gains from video; and consumerization of IT and David’s prediction that IT may eventually no longer provide devices to a company’s employees

John Michelsen, Chief Technology Officer of CA Technologies

In this interview, John Michelsen, Chief Technology Officer of CA Technologies, a $4.6 billion software and solutions company, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The internal and external facing role of the CTO in a tech company
  • The need for speed in IT delivery
  • Employing Agile principles to segment large projects into multiple manageable threads
  • How IT should advise, rather than fight, business units that want to build their own applications
  • Eye on the Trends: The exciting possibilities of the “Internet of Things,” and how cloud computing, mobile, big data, and consumerization of IT will be trailblazers in developing a fully interconnected world

Abe Lietz, CIO of Jenny Craig and Curves International

In this interview, Abe Lietz, CIO of Jenny Craig and Curves International, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The synergies between Jenny Craig and Curves and the effects of their merger
  • The role of IT at Jenny Craig and Curves encouraging collaboration between businesses
  • His responsibilities as CIO and VP of Service Operations
  • The unique technological demands of Jenny Craig and Curves’s core demographic
  • The implementation of e-business and mobile technology
  • The role of a CIO in a consumer facing context
  • Eye on the Trends: Data analytics to improve the experience and weight loss success, cloud based infrastructure, and bio-metric tracking

Yasir Anwar, Senior VP, Head of Digital Technology, Macy’s

In this interview, Yasir Anwar, Senior VP, Head of Digital, Macy’s, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Working across internal departments and with external partners to reach customer-centric goals
  • Advantages Macy’s has as a long-standing brand vs. competition from digital native organizations
  • Digital development to create the “omni customer” experience
  • Restructuring of the organization based on the customer’s journey—the use of “domains”
  • Macy’s Labs and the focus on entrepreneurship within the larger organization
  • Talent attraction

Bruce Besanko, EVP, Chief Financial Officer, & Chief Administrative Officer of OfficeMax

In this interview, Bruce Besanko discusses three principles of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • How the most important thing in defining a relationship between a CFO and CIO is the establishment of communication and transparency to build trust
  • The four ways in which a CIO must demonstrate the value of a project
  • The multiple resources models IT can employ when structuring its staff
  • The important considerations when outsourcing
  • The potential pros and cons of the various reporting relationships between the CIO and the CFO vs. the COO vs. the CEO
  • The potential for the iPad and virtualization/cloud computing to provide agility to the workforce

M.S. Krishnan, Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation and Professor of Business IT of the Ross School of Business

In this interview, M.S. Krishnan, the Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation and Professor of Business Information Technology at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Challenges to the average CIO being innovative
  • Fostering innovation through sharpening business acumen
  • Creating a culture of innovation that balances experimentation and governance
  • Recruiting IT professionals with a curiosity for business and technology
  • Dangers of relying on a single group to drive innovation
  • Eye on the trends: Cloud based architecture and systems providing the “democratization of capabilities” for small and medium- sized businesses, and the organization’s ability to understand the talent they have through the lens of the ecosystem in which they operate

Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-Founder of Box

In this interview, Aaron Levie, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Box, a leader in online file sharing and cloud content management, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Themes of the upcoming BoxWorks conference
  • Box’s ability to attract and retain top talent from other IT firms
  • Box’s focus on delivering enterprise IT solutions through a consumer IT approach
  • Eye on the Trends: Yesterday’s competitors are becoming today’s partners in IT. As consumers and enterprises demand more flexibility, connectivity, and functionality often from the same device, different solutions providers have to collaborate

Meg Whitman, Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard

In this interview, Meg Whitman, Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, principle 2, Infrastructure, and principle 5, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The progress made thus far in splitting HP into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.
  • How the sequencing of the split was envisioned
  • How she plans on splitting her time between the two new companies
  • The synergies anticipated between the two new organizations
  • How HP, as an acquirer of businesses, considers today’s large technology company valuations
  • The process of identifying future partners and acquisition targets for HP
  • The paucity of women in technology and her opinion on how this has progressed in Silicon Valley
  • Her career path from traditional business into technology at eBay and HP
  • What she’s taken from her political experience running for governor of California, and how that’s affected her professional career since then
  • Eye on the Trends: Enterprise technology change (versus to consumer technology change), Cloud, Hybrid Datacenter, automation and monitoring, the business model shift from capital expenses to operating expenses
  • Michael Baresich, CIO of Ally Financial Inc

    This is one in a series of interviews with financial services CIOs conducted in collaboration with CIO Straight Talk magazine. Read additional articles by other technology executives at www.straighttalkonline.com.

      In this interview, Michael Baresich, CIO of Ally Financial Inc, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships; and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

      • Importance of cross-functional team work to figure out product offerings
      • Keeping an eye out at various human interface platforms to integrate
      • Being involved with external partners to understand technology landscape
      • Incorporating technologies that serve the 21st century consumer
      • Glimpse into the importance of how IT affects decisions requiring acquisitions of companies
      • Strategic importance of being involved in Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley
      • Eye on the Trends: Human Machine Interface; Blockchain; Digital Assistants