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: Collaboration

John Bowden, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of IT of Lifetime Products

In this interview, John Bowden, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of IT of Lifetime Products, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • John’s role in the organization and how Lifetime Products keeps technology on the leading edge
  • Lifetime Products’ Global IT team, and the “follow the sun” process they employ
  • How certain portions of marketing report to IT, and the advantages this relationship entails
  • Lifetime Products’ practice of limiting vendors to create a simple, cost effective, and standardized environment
  • Eye on the trends: Mobility and business intelligence, and how the business intelligence environment can be extended to mobile devices so that employees can make quicker decisions from wherever they are

Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico

In this interview, Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico and Latin American business leader, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The innovative ways in which President Fox has leveraged his business acumen and political knowledge to build Mexico and Latin America as hubs of Information Technology
  • The decision behind President Fox’s move from the private to public sector, as well as the progression in experience and motivation that led him to the Presidency
  • The importance, to President Fox, of setting ambitious goals and how they allowed him to achieve the ends that he sought to accomplish
  • The important role that marketing and communications have played in President Fox’s accomplishments across both the public and private sectors
  • The underlying philosophies, many of which stem from his Jesuit education, that drive Fox to success
  • President Fox’s opinion on the future of Latin American economies as they become increasingly competitive in the global landscape

Mike McNamara, CIO of Target

In this interview, Mike McNamara, CIO of Target, discusses World Class IT Principle Three, Project & Portfolio Management, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Target, and the design decisions of the workplace
  • The methods he uses to maintain customer prospective
  • How he sees differences in customer behaviors between Europe and the United States
  • The disappearance of “omnichannel” terminology in retail
  • The absence of a digital-physical divide in retail
  • The management of “offline” versus “online”
  • The organizational systems he has used to promote efficiency
  • What his priorities are for the foreseeable future
  • Target’s reaction to information breaches and improved security
  • Eye on the Trends: Open Source

Mike Keller, CIO of Nationwide

In this interview, Mike Keller, CIO of Local Nationwide, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Nationwide’s One-Brand alignment
  • IT’s role in Nationwide’s initiatives to simplify, modernize, and reinvent their core businesses
  • Optimizing for both business intimacy and economies of scale
  • Vendor goverance
  • Workforce planning for developing and transitioning team members for evolving organizations
  • The opportunities provided by a long tenure as CIO
  • Leadership strategies for creating an environment of learning, collaboration, and innovation
  • Executive development and internal rotational development
  • Columbus 2020: a private/public partnership to encourage economic development
  • Eye on the trends: autonomous vehicles, the sharing economy, smart mobility

Dee Waddell, Acting Chief Information Officer of Amtrak

In this interview, Dee Waddell, Acting Chief Information Officer of Amtrak, discusses World Class IT principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Amtrak differs from other travel organizations
  • Amtrak’s new eTicketing initiative improves the customer experience and optimizes internal processes
  • Amtrak IT evolving to focus on the business and deliver business value
  • The recent development of a Project Management Office and an Enterprise Architecture Group
  • The creation of Amtrak’s corporate strategy through a series of working sessions and collaborative efforts
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobility and how it can drive innovations, cloud computing and the cost benefits it offers, as well as social media and collaboration technologies, and how they can help reduce silos within an organization

Jean-Michel Ares, Group Head of Technology & Operations, BMO Financial Group

In this interview, Jean-Michel Ares, Group Head of Technology & Operations at BMO Financial Group, 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:

  • The imperative, at BMO Financial Group and within the broader financial services industry, to combine the functions of technology and operations under a single executive
  • Jean-Michel’s belief in the ability of leadership along the lines of operational excellence, transformation, and innovation to set every CIO on the path to greatness
  • The four outlined “areas of focus” for Jean-Michel’s team in the coming year
  • Jean-Michel’s renewed focus on enterprise security, as well as the important role of external partnerships and networks in securing an organization’s data and resources
  • The great opportunity of each CIO to build strong personal networks, later leveraging those networks to solve complex challenges faced by those within and external to their industry or role
  • Eye on the Trends: The combination of analytics, mobility, social networks, and the Internet of Things in shaping the new technological enterprise

Mike Macrie, CIO of Land O’Lakes

In this interview, Mike Macrie, CIO of Land O’Lakes, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The ongoing digital transformation that is taking place in the farms of America
  • How Land O’Lakes’ IT has evolved from a supporting function to an industry leader in innovation
  • An overview of technologies that he and his team have developed to help revolutionize the way farmers work
  • Successful management practices that he uses to streamline IT with the needs of the business, its partners, and clients
  • Important emerging skills to be considered by all aspiring technologists
  • The role of cybersecurity at Land O’Lakes
  • Methods to prospect new technologies for the business
  • Eye on the Trends: Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence

Kyle Nel, Executive Director of Lowe's Innovation Labs

In this interview, Kyle Nel, Executive Director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Lowe’s Innovation Labs
  • Lowe’s uncommon partnerships
  • Maximizing efficiency and success by integrating internal and external talent
  • Lowe’s Innovation Labs’ Collider
  • The value of external partnerships
  • Incremental verses meaningful innovation
  • Lowe’s Narrative-driven innovation model
  • Using behavioral science to drive transformation
  • Metrics for measuring the success of innovation labs
  • Lowe’s Innovation Labs’ projects: Lowe’s Holoroom, self-roaming robots, additive manufacturing

Tony Scott, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Microsoft

In this interview, Tony Scott, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Microsoft, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The genesis of Microsoft IT’s transformation to align to business processes
  • How IT must go beyond collaboration and digitally connect the organization across business units
  • How Microsoft employs an IT transformation method referred to as “GET”
  • The new skills that need to be promoted as a result of the transformation
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing and how it facilitates the digital process journey Microsoft is undertaking through improved scalability and flexibility

Ed Robben, SVP and CIO of Fossil

In this interview, Ed Robben, SVP and CIO of Fossil, a global retailer specializing in fashion, especially watches, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • IT’s role in a retail and brand managed organization
  • The incorporation of omni-channel and digital capabilities
  • The relationship between CIO and CMO and its broad implications
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobile and cloud-enabled capabilities,wearable technology