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: Collaboration

Jay Vijayan, Vice President, IT & Business Applications of Tesla Motors

In this interview, Jay Vijayan, the Vice President of IT and Business Applications of Tesla Motors, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Jay’s role at Tesla Motors and how Tesla operates in a fast-paced, innovative environment
  • IT’s collaborative relationship with development teams
  • How all of Tesla’s business-critical applications for core functions are home-grown
  • How Tesla provides comprehensive customer experience through the use of analytics, mobile applications, and more
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing, and how it provides more flexibility and allows the organization to easily manage, maintain, and provision software to employees, particularly as the organization grows

Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CIO of Adobe

In this interview, Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CIO of Adobe, discusses World Class IT principle one, people, two, infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Adobe’s transformation into becoming cloud-centric
  • The ways in which she engages Adobe’s customer set
  • Changing skillsets needed in technology leadership
  • Benefits of her association to the venture capital community
  • Eye on the Trends: Technology integration, identity management, and the unification of user experience

Roger Pilc, Chief Innovation Officer of Pitney Bowes

In this interview, Roger Pilc, Chief Innovation Officer of Pitney Bowes discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Exploring the roles and responsibilities of the Chief Innovation Officer
  • Defining innovation, and the various types that exist at Pitney Bowes
  • The importance of cultivating an ecosystem of partners to accelerate efforts for innovation
  • The global innovation team at Pitney Bowes and how it approaches and organizes its work
  • Processes and methodologies for incubating innovation
  • Where Pitney Bowes draws its inspiration for innovation
  • Eye on the Trends: Internet of Everything, Commerce Cloud, Digital

Chris Laping, Senior Vice President, Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

In this interview, Chris Laping, the SVP of Business Transformation and CIO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. A live video recording of this interview can be found on Chris’ interview page. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • IT’s unique position to help solve business problems
  • Focusing on fundamentals, influence, and empathy in driving transformation
  • How Chris helped build a world class PMO, and how it now drives non-IT projects
  • The strong partnership between marketing and IT at Red Robin
  • Chris’ business transformation role, and how he orchestrates change pertaining to people, process, and technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Social media and mobile, and how there are many great ideas that are as of yet unfulfilled in these areas as it pertains to the services industry.
  • Q&A: Chris answers questions pertaining to how information security is managed at Red Robin, how changes are initiated, and outsourcing.

Emerson Spartz, CEO of Spartz Media

In this interview, Emerson Spartz, CEO of Spartz Media, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Emerson’s entrepreneurial spirit and his founding of MuggleNet at a very young age
  • His educational background, the rationale behind his early home-schooling, and his attendance at college despite the archetype of young entrepreneurs skipping higher education
  • Common characteristics of successful people and positive influences to Emerson
  • The science of virality; how Emerson became enamored with the idea of media influence, how Spartz media utilizes it today for generation of its content, and whether viral media represents a change in the future of media consumption
  • How businesses should be viewing virality
  • His take on parenting in the future

Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer of Facebook

In this interview, Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer of Facebook, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The three innovation pillars that underpin Facebook’s ten-year roadmap
  • The talent needs of Facebook extending beyond computer engineering
  • Strategies for unifying a diverse talent pool to achieve a common goal
  • Engaging in partnerships within the industry to accelerate the rate of technological change
  • How utilizing Facebook in the workplace can bolster productivity and collaborative efforts among employees
  • The idea of “cultural engineering” to build cohesion across an organization

Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer of Goddard Space Flight Center

In this interview, Adrian Gardner, the Chief Information Officer of Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Adrian’s role as CIO of Goddard Space Flight Center
  • The implementation of innovative practices through drawing from public, open source, and private sector communities
  • Cross-collaboration in IT, and how the various NASA centers operate in an environment that is both collaborative and competitive
  • How Goddard utilizes Big Data to support decision-making
  • Goddard’s security posture and the increased focus on data management
  • Eye on the Trends: Consumerization of IT and how consumers leverage a broad range of technologies and tailor them to their own individual needs, mobility and how individuals can have access to information from anywhere on any device, and the rise in open source and utilizing open source communities to develop and refine technologies.

Peretz Lavie, President of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

In this interview, Peretz Lavie, President of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The Technion’s mission and its role in driving entrepreneurship and engineering success in Israel
  • The innate entrepreneurial nature of Israelis as an immigrant nation and their unique geo-political context
  • What degree entrepreneurship can be taught to students, and what innate traits future entrepreneurs bring with them to the Technion
  • How alumni contribute in the classroom and providing business opportunities to Technion students
  • The Technion’s successful partnership with Cornell University to establish the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York City and the contribution of JTCI to the city
  • Faculty’s involvement in the companies that Technion’s students develop, and how the Technion financially encourages faculty’s start-ups
  • Lavie’s own research on sleep and an individual’s peak creativity and alertness
  • Eye on the Trends: Nanotechnology’s role in monitoring health and automatic translations capacity to globalize education

Diana McKenzie, CIO of Workday

In this interview, Diana McKenzie, CIO of Workday, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How prior experience as a Workday customer has helped her transition into her role as the CIO
  • Her thoughts on the evolving responsibilities of today’s CIO
  • Tying enterprise architecture and microservices to empower business partners and stakeholders
  • How technology advancement has driven collaboration among Workday’s C-suite executives
  • IT’s role in prospecting emerging technologies to create competitive advantage for the organization
  • A glimpse into the priorities and strategic plans of the team she leads at Workday
  • Eye on the Trends:Big Data, Analytics, Virtual Personal Assistants

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