Forum on World Class IT - 316 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: Customer Focused IT

Tim Stanley, Former CIO and Senior Vice President of Innovation, Gaming, and Technology of Harrah’s Entertainment.

In this interview, Tim Stanley discusses principle four of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • How first establishing the company’s direction creates a path for innovation
  • The necessity of IT being used as a strategic weapon in leading innovation
  • Tim’s method of using 6 vectors to structure the path that enables and leads to innovation
  • The ways a company can leverage insights from their customers, particularly the importance of understanding digital interactivity and conducting rapid prototyping
  • How every IT executive should in some way span out into the business in order to understand how to improve what the business does
  • The importance of using alignment and analytics as strategic tools

Stephen Gold, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CVS Caremark

In this interview, Stephen Gold, SVP and CIO of CVS Caremark, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, Business and IT Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The current set-up of his role at CVS Caremark
  • The strategies he leveraged as he prepared for his first 100 days at the organization
  • Discussion of five strategic pillars that Steve prioritizes, and how he uses the ACT framework (accountability, collaboration, and tenacity) to develop metrics against those strategic pillars
  • How CIOs need to be great business leaders and strong technologists
  • Eye on the Trends: The recent changes in the healthcare sector combined with consumerization of technology will continue to empower people in better managing their healthcare

Jim Dubois, CIO of Microsoft

In this interview, Jim Dubois, CIO of Microsoft, 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:

  • His role and how he prepared for his role as an interim CIO
  • How he drove progress during his initial time as CIO
  • How he ensured that IT was on the same page with business units from a strategic standpoint
  • The changes that are reflected in the way IT now does its work
  • As CIO he acts as an initial customer to his organization, and how he can lend an empathetic ear to other customers of Microsoft
  • Some of the ways that the IT organization is able to work across multiple levels of the organization
  • The strategic roadmap for the future at Microsoft (including the ongoing integration with Nokia, as well as the move to a subscription basis for major Microsoft products)
  • Advice on how to move from an interim CIO to a full time fit for the position
  • Balancing innovation and security with his background as Chief Information Security Officer for Microsoft
  • Eye on the Trends: Big Data, Machine learning, BYOD capabilities, Digitization

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

Kumud Kalia, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Akamai Technologies

In this interview, Kumud Kalia, Chief Information Officer at Akamai Technologies, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The challenges and advantages of being a CIO in a tech company
  • Agility in a fast-growing, evolving organization verses agility in a mature organization
  • The partnership between Akamai’s IT and product teams in developing and testing new solutions
  • Adding higher value as a CIO: developing internal solutions that can be adopted by the end- customer
  • Driving enterprise strategy by leveraging a culture of expansive thinking
  • Eye on the trends: disrupting infrastructure paradigms

Torsten Wenell, Lecturer and a Member of the IT Management Research Team at The IT University in Gothenburg, Sweden

In this interview, Torsten Wenell discusses three of the five principle of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The importance of customer segmentation for in-house IT departments
  • The three levels of IT decision making
  • Sweden’s position as a leader and innovator in technology
  • Business units as the real cost driver for IT
  • The possibility that the business may not need to understand where IT costs come from as long as IT delivers what is required

Andi Karaboutis, Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Dell

In this interview, Andi Karaboutis, VP and Global CIO of Dell, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How the recent privatization has manifested itself in Dell and Dell’s IT development
  • How the IT department changed to support Dell’s migration to a solution-based business from a hardware centric business
  • The unique advantages of serving as a CIO in a technology company and the steps Andi and her team took to leverage these advantages
  • How the IT team at Dell is both internally and externally focused, and the benefits this practice has brought to the Dell enterprise
  • The close partnership between the CIO and CMO and how the customer-centric mentality at Dell helps facilitate understanding among the leadership team
  • How Andi manages social media both internally and externally
  • How Andi’s background in the automobile industry contributed to her success and shaped her as a Chief Information Officer
  • Eye on the Trends: How the combination of analytics and the Internet of Things presents great opportunities and potential benefits across different industries

Steve Betts, SVP and CIO of Health Care Service Corporation

In this interview, Steve Betts, SVP and CIO of Health Care Service Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, and principle 3, Project and Portfolio Management, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Healthcare Service Corporation and his role within the organization
  • How he transitioned to a new industry and how that affected his initial plans on joining the organization
  • How he organized his time to understand his new team and organization
  • The strategy that came out of his initial time at the organization
  • Some of the ways in which he has gauged success
  • How he has contemplated change within the organization amongst its people
  • Lessons as to how he has harnessed the power of Big Data
  • Developing more member-centric capabilities

Arne Josefsberg, CIO and Chief Infrastructure Officer of GoDaddy.com

In this interview, Arne Josefsberg, Chief Information Officer and Chief Infrastructure Officer of GoDaddy.com discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Background on GoDaddy’s business
  • Arne’s strategic priorities at GoDaddy for the future
  • International expansion and the role that IT plays in the GoDaddy’s international growth strategy
  • How he has built and organized his team to focus on the global cloud
  • Openstack and how he has focused a large amount of his efforts in that area
  • The launch of a social-minded intranet at GoDaddy
  • How he sees the role of CIO within an organization where everybody has a high level of technology expertise
  • Eye on the Trends: Big Data and Analytics, Security, DevOps, Software Defined Networks

Jeff Pashalides, Head of Corporate at Sequoia Capital

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

  • The symbiotic relationship between practitioners, the venture community, and the founding community
  • Sequoia’s CIO activities and events
  • Jeff’s insights into the importance of security, artificial intelligence, and the public cloud to CIOs
  • How Sequoia helps clients cut through the noise to see what is real
  • Strategies for the successful development and implementation of new technology
  • Two things enterprise technology can learn from consumer technology
  • Eye on the trends: cloud security, focus on talent