Forum on World Class IT - 342 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

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

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

Stewart McCutcheon, EVP and CIO of Ecolab, Inc.

In this interview, Stewart McCutcheon, CIO of Ecolab, Inc., discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The imperative of the IT organization’s strategy to look to become a source of competitive advantage for global organizations in the future
  • The various ways in which Stewart has built cross-functional capabilities to pull knowledge from the disparate functions of R&D, IT, and business, in a way that enables a greater understanding of the organization’s needs.
  • The important yet difficult conundrum of “build” versus “buy” in a global information technology organization, and the strategic importance of customization of systems and processes in creating competitive advantage
  • The challenges and opportunities Stewart identified when serving as the lead integrator of two merging companies with distinctive cultures and processes
  • Stewart’s unique promotion to CIO from the company acquired in a merger, and potential reasons behind the decision
  • Eye on the Trends: The success of high intensity, goal-oriented task forces formed to improve flawed processes, the growing trend of the CIO having core competency as a business person more so than a technologist

Kevin Steele, CTO of Cars.com

In this interview, Kevin Steele, Vice President of Technology of Cars.com discusses World Class IT Principle Three, Project & Portfolio Management, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How he thinks about the experience for both the car buyer and the dealership
  • His role as Vice President of Technology
  • The way he collaborates with other areas of the organization
  • How he gauges success amongst the customers of his organization
  • The growth of mobility as a channel and how that has evolved the customer experience
  • His strategic planning process
  • How he works to understand emerging technology trends
  • The move from Waterfall to Agile development
  • Common elements from the multiple companies where he has worked within IT departments
  • How he has gone about shaping and instilling the culture of the organizations he has worked in
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobile, Autonomous vehicles, and the Big Data space

Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO of New Relic

In this interview, Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO of New Relic, discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Being a CIO in a cloud based company
  • The importance of CIOs having both a horizontal viewpoint and a technological mindset
  • Taking intelligent risks
  • IT departments as integrators and collaborators
  • The role of CIOs on corporate boards
  • The internal and external functions of a modern CIO
  • Diversity in STEM fields

David Bray, Executive Director of People-Centered Internet

In this interview, David discussed World Class IT Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management, Principle Five, External Partnerships, among other topics including:

  • David’s work as Executive Director of the People-Centered Internet, which seeks to create demonstration projects of the internet’s ability to measurably improve people’s lives and serve as a catalyst for change
  • The reason engineers are not well equipped to recognize the unintended consequences of technology, and the growing challenge as the pace of technological progress accelerates
  • How David prioritizes PCIs efforts, and their current focus on rebuilding power and communications infrastructure in Puerto Rico, helping restore the identity documents of those affected by the California wildfires, and providing internet services to Native American communities
  • David’s approach to developing partnerships bringing together diverse groups of positive change agents
  • The advantage of David having grown his career in the government, such as learning how to thrive in a resource-constrained environment, and how to navigate multiple constituencies
  • David’s experience as a Marshall Fellow in 2018, where he looks at the rise in preferences for direct democracy and mistrust of government
  • How and why David engages the academic community on topics concerning the future