Technovation with Peter High - 377 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Technovation with Peter High, 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

Jim Whitehurst, Chief Executive Officer and President of Red Hat, Inc.

In this interview, Jim Whitehurst, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Red Hat, Inc., discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How open source enables constituents to contribute and make significant improvements to products
  • How a good deal of innovation in IT comes from users
  • How Red Hat acts as a catalyst of communities, and seeks to influence as opposed to manage
  • The evolving role of the CIO, and how CIOs have more opportunities to see across the business
  • How Red Hat seeks to engage and collaborate with leading edge companies

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
  • Mayor Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh

    In this interview, Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, discusses WorldClass IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include

    • Uber’s autonomous car fleet
    • Pittsburgh as an urban test lab
    • The City of Pittsburgh’s strategic partnerships with Carnegie Mellon and other institutions
    • The pace of cultural and digital changes
    • The sharing of data between government and private entities
    • MetroLab and the benefits of municipal collaboration
    • Pittsburgh’s innovation roadmap
    • Technology’s impact on the Pittsburgh renaissance

    Eash Sundaram, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital & Technology Officer of JetBlue Airways

    In this interview, Eash Sundaram, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • JetBlue’s Mission: “to bring humanity back to air travel”
  • JetBlue’s biometrics boarding process
  • The two measures JetBlue uses to measure the success of their culture
  • Improving customer experience by merging technology and culture
  • JetBlue Technology Ventures: a venture capital subsidiary of JetBlue
  • JetBlue’s Innovation Lab
  • Eash’s board experience with Champ CargoSystems and SITA
  • Bringing multiple disciplines together to drive success
  • Eye on the trends: near field communication technologies
  • Chris Scalet, Former Executive Vice President of Global Services and Chief Information Officer of Merck

    In this interview, Chris Scalet, the former EVP, Business Services and Chief Information Officer of Merck, 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:

    • How Chris familiarizes himself in new environments through engaging business leaders
    • How Chris’ role expanded as Merck built a multifunctional shared services capability
    • How Merck focused on the three step model of consolidate, integrate, and optimize
    • The evolving role of the CIO, and how CIOs have more opportunities to see across the business
    • How the CIO role has evolved such that CIOs are more about the business than they are technology
    • Eye on the Trends: Mobility and how it changes the way we interact with customers, business partners, and employees; the need for CIOs to embrace and appropriately manage consumerization of IT, and how cloud computing will become more pervasive

    David Bray, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission

    In this interview, David Bray, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, principle 2, Infrastructure, and Principle 4, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role as CIO within the FCC
  • How he prioritized his work as he began at the organization
  • How he has matched the skillsets needed at the FCC to the skills needed for future technology trends
  • The drive towards cloud infrastructure and how he balances that desire with security concerns
  • His prolific use of social media
  • His quest for learning and how he has balanced it against his professional work
  • His path to the public sector and public service
  • The desire for increased collaboration between the public and private sector
  • Eye on the Trends: International relationships in Australia and Taiwan as a bridge from East to West, the Internet of Everything, Crowdsourcing
  • Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder, XPRIZE, Singularity University

    In this interview, Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Peter’s interest in space and technology innovation, and how these common themes run through his various companies and initiatives
    • How Peter divides his time and delegates responsibilities across his organizations
    • The accelerating pace of technological change and the challenges and opportunities this presents for companies
    • Best practices for corporate innovation, including scaling at the edges, experimentation,and more
    • How companies can anticipate the disruptive forces in their industries and respond accordingly
    • Peter’s views on artificial intelligence, and why he believes the opportunities outweigh the risks of the technology
    • Where Peter sees the greatest innovation taking place over the next one to three years

      Peter’s thoughts on radical health and life extension

    Yoshua Bengio, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montreal, Co-Founder of Element AI

    In this interview, Yoshua Bengio, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Supervised verses unsupervised deep learning
    • The heart of deep learning: disentangled representations
    • The genesis and mission of Element AI
    • Exploratory AI research verses applied AI research
    • The development of the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (MILA)
    • The significance Yoshua places on supportive and collaborative cultures
    • The evolution of AI in Montreal
    • Yoshua’s concerns bout lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs)

    Randy Krotowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Caterpillar

    In this interview, Randy Krotowski, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Caterpillar, a $54 billion manufacturing company, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The strategic value of a dual VP Global Information Services and CIO role
    • The importance of talent management and legacy planning for operational excellence and business transformation
    • Caterpillar’s strategic focus on customer facing IT capabilities
    • How to include business leaders in developing IT
    • Eye on the Trends: The exciting possibilities for manufacturing companies like Caterpillar to move into commercial software, promote supply chain agility, and achieve IT-enabled integration of a network of independent dealers

    Michael Baresich, Chief Information Officer of Ally Financial

    In this interview, Michael Baresich, Chief Information Officer at Ally Financial, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • His company, Ally Financial
    • How his organization transitioned from 70% government ownership, and the role IT played in that transition
    • The culture of the organization
    • Metrics used to gauge progress during his initial time at the organization
    • How he maintained the balance of IT activities needed for growth with cost-cutting in the wake of the recession
    • Digital, and how he partners with other parts of the organization from a digital perspective
    • The extent to which he has in-sourced some IT activities and how he set the organization on that path
    • His strategy and priorities for the future
    • The skill inventory of the organization and how he builds out the skills needed within his team
    • The process he uses to ensure that his team is up to date on new technologies
    • Eye on the Trends: Existing consumer technology being optimized for enterprise uses