Forum on World Class IT - 350 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.

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Dennis Self, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Electronic Arts

In this interview, Dennis Self, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Electronic Arts discusses principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The evolution of the role of IT at Electronic Arts
  • The digital disruption happening in the media and entertainment industry
  • Mobile gaming, social gaming, and the management of gamer communities
  • Risk management and the importance of security within EA
  • How the tech savviness of employees throughout EA affects IT
  • The importance of advanced analytics
  • How the proximity to Silicon Valley influences IT
  • Eye on the trends: Cloud computing, SaaS, virtualization offerings, advanced analytics, collaboration technologies, security and risk management technologies, mobile technologies, the consumerization of IT

Ken Venner, Chief Information Officer of SpaceX

In this interview, Ken Venner, Chief Information Officer of SpaceX, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The need for business units and IT departments to communicate with and understand each other
  • The strategies he undertook to build a resilient IT workflow structure needed in a lean organization like SpaceX
  • Working with Elon Musk and deriving value and insights from other companies in his portfolio
  • The unique challenge of blue-printing and institutionalizing a CIO office at a dynamic organization like SpaceX
  • Eye on the Trends:Because of security regulations for aerospace companies, SpaceX aims to achieve efficiency and scale by vertically integrating all processes and maintaining full ownership of any solutions developed

Lidia Fonseca, CIO of Quest Diagnostics

In this interview, Lidia Fonseca, CIO of Quest Diagnostics, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Quest Diagnostics, their scale, technology, and partnerships
  • Her role as Chief Information and the responsibilities of her role
  • How she encourages her team to engage with customers
  • Big Data and how her team structures and analyzes the huge amount of data at Quest Diagnostics
  • Security and how she balances innovation and risk-taking with security considerations
  • Her membership on the board of Gannett, and how she came across the opportunity to join
  • How boards of directors will continue to look for technical expertise as companies try to become digital

Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors

In this interview, Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Local Motor’s micromanufacturing
  • The development of a bespoke community
  • The changes Local Motors provides in product development
  • Strategic partnerships with their clients
  • Jay’s history with entrepreneurship
  • The “waking hours” of artificial intelligence and what it means for traditional industries
  • Product education and its role in making the consumer ask, “Why do we care?”
  • The changes on the horizon for the automotive industry
  • Cars as upgradable hardware
  • Customers as the only force able to push back on the supply driven economy of the automotive industry

Paula Tolliver, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation,

In this interview, Paula Tolliver, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships, and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Paula’s decision to move to Intel after 20 years at Dow Chemical
  • IT’s role in the transformation and growth of Intel’s portfolio of products and services
  • How IT’s partnerships with businesses within Intel help shape the products and solutions Intel brings to the market
  • The Intel IT Annual Performance Report
  • Implementing predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and value
  • Paula’s career path and the diverse roles that she has held

Ken Venner, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, and Chief Information Officer of Broadcom

In this interview, Ken Venner, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Information Officer of Broadcom, a designer and developer of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, discusses principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Making IT “like air”- there and ready to use in plenty, without the need to think about it
  • The challenge and blessing of working with such a large percentage of technically savvy stakeholders
  • Ken’s “walk-crawl-run” approach to collaboratively prototyping solutions to demonstrate value
  • Being “stractical”: maintain the balance between strategic and tactical
  • Broadcom’s acquisitive nature and how IT enables successful transactions
  • Eye on the trends: Consumerization of IT relevance for CIOs, video for content delivery and collaboration, IT professionals getting out of the infrastructure business, and how IT security is under-emphasized

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

Marcy Klevorn, CIO of Ford Motor Company

In this interview, Marcy Klevorn, CIO of Ford Motor Company discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her experience transitioning into the role of CIO of Ford
  • Strategic priorities for the past several years
  • How she has modified her strategic plans to encompass technology simplification
  • Innovation, and IT’s role in shaping the driver experience
  • The One Ford strategic business plan of the organization
  • Women in Technology and how she encourages other women to join the ranks of technology
  • The talent factory within Ford, and how its many alumni, including multiple Fortune 500 CIOs have been so successful
  • Her favorite vehicles, and the future of driverless technology in automobiles
  • How IT is able, as customers of the company, to provide feedback about its products

Eric Yuan, CEO, Zoom

In this interview, Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

• Differentiation in the web conferencing space
• Differentiation in the web conferencing space
• Rationale behind deliberately controlling growth of Zoom in early days
• Importance of having a company philosophy to deliver happiness to customers
• Possibilities of Augmented Reality in the business world
• Impact of Silicon Valley on new and upcoming companies
• The need to create a culture of self-motivation for employees
• Trade-offs required to build a sustainable company
• Hybrid approach to selling to Small Businesses and Large Enterprises
• Focus on existing customers rather than only pursuing new customers
• Sequoia Capital’s impact on Zoom’s growth

Brad Strock, Chief Information Officer of PayPal

In this interview, Brad discussed World Class IT Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Among the topics discussed include:

  • An overview of PayPal’s business, as well as Brad’s purview as CIO
  • PayPal’s transformation into a more customer-centric company, such as giving customers more choices of funding vehicles
  • How PayPal has successfully navigated the shift to mobile, resulting in a 50 percent increase in mobile payment volume in 2017
  • The top priorities that Brad is focused on, including security, stability, strategically enabling the company’s business strategy, and improving the company’s ability to effectively collaborate
  • Brad’s experience going from Bank of America, a traditional finance organization, to PayPal, one of the first digitally native companies in the finance space
  • Brad’s career path, including his path from engineer to finance industry to technology executive
  • Eye on the Trends: financial inclusion of the over 2 billion people globally without financial services, AI/ML/process robotics