Technovation with Peter High - 371 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: Customer Focused IT

Mark Jeffery, Director of Technology Initiatives in the Center for Research on Technology and Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management and Managing Partner of Agile Insights LLC

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

  • The way in which marketing, data, analytics, and information technology are all related and the need to determine the Return on Marketing Investment from that relationship
  • The necessity to focus on data-driven marketing in order to gain visibility into customer preferences, provide hard data to a traditionally “soft” division, and truly expose the ROI of marketing
  • The fifteen metrics that he explains will allow the measurement of marketing, including 10 classical metrics and five “new-age” marketing metrics
  • The lengthy process that he conducted in determining these metrics, accompanied by excellent case examples of companies that have leveraged data-driven marketing to increase their revenue and strengthen their customer base
  • How it is an absolute necessity for Marketing to partner not just with Finance, but also with IT in order to build out capabilities to capture the metrics that will demonstrate an ROI for marketing
  • The obstacles that companies face when considering data-driven marketing, and how, due to its relative infrequent use, can become a competitive advantage within an industry

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

Martha Poulter, CIO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

In this interview, Martha Poulter, Executive Vice President and CIO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, 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:

  • Her role and vision for the IT organization at Starwood
  • The way in which the IT team gets involved in the customer experience
  • How her experiences as a customer of Starwood colors her experience to developing internal plans
  • How she divided her time during her first 100 days as she came on-board at Starwood
  • Some of the early plans Martha had for the organization and how she sees those plans moving forward into the future
  • IT’s role from an innovation perspective and how they organize around those activities
  • How her tenure at GE Capital helped her transition to Starwood
  • Eye on the Trends: Data as an asset, computing miniaturization – mobile, wearables, etc, and the Internet of Things

Amy Doherty, CIO of AARP

In this interview, Amy Doherty, CIO of AARP, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her role as Chief Information Office of the AARP, and how he transitioned from the interim CIO role
  • Continuity during the transition of CIOs
  • Leadership and her approach to culture within IT
  • Communication within and outside of IT and the value inherent from improved communications
  • Innovation and how it is encouraged within IT
  • Security and how risk is managed across the enterprise
  • Women in IT and how she has helped improve opportunities for rising women in technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Cohesive user experiences, wearable technology, and autonomous vehicles

Tom Miller, CIO of Anthem

In this interview, Tom Miller, CIO of Anthem, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Transferring knowledge and leadership skills across departments and industries
  • Operating from a master plan to increase agility and support success
  • The importance of customer-centricity both internally and externally
  • Digital trends in healthcare
  • The creation, design, and staffing of Anthem’s Innovation Studio
  • Encouraging innovation and creating value by balancing freedom and a rigorous methodology
  • Eye on the Trends: The empowered consumer, Cognitive computing, Genomics

Robert Austin, Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Harvard Business School

In this interview, Robert Austin discusses three of the five principles of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The CIOs increasing focus on growing revenue rather than reducing costs
  • Using IT for “trystorming”: coming up with ideas and trying them out, quickly and cheaply
  • The importance of justifying IT investments for their strategic value rather than immediate ROI
  • The need for IT to innovate as more and more IT is outsourced
  • American MBAs contemplating opportunities in India and China

Jon Harding, Global CIO of Conair Corporation

In this interview, Jon Harding, Global CIO of Conair Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The centralized structure of IT within Conair
  • The methodology of expanding an organization’s information technology system on a global scale
  • Vendor management practices, and the implications of local and more global partnerships for a major corporation
  • Eye on the Trends: The potential of big data, and the internet of things – ability of all sorts of devices to communicate

Gopichand Katragadda, CTO of Tata Group

In this interview, Gopichand Katragadda, CTO of Tata Group, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role as the within Tata, and his mandate as the first CTO of the organization
  • The ways in which he has pursued the goal of shifting the organization to become one of the 10 most technologically innovative companies in the world
  • The structure he has set between members of his team at the group level and on a company-by-company level
  • Areas of innovation that he has pursued
  • The extent to which he has focused on the Indian market compared to the global market
  • His role at General Electric India’s technology center, and how he has leveraged talent processes in India across the global reach of the company
  • The rise of Indian education and his diverse set of hobbies including film, writing, and music development

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

Angela Yochem, CIO of Rent-A-Center

In this interview, Angela Yochem, CIO of Rent-A-Center, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Executing Rent-A-Center’s digital transformation
  • CIOs driving business innovationt
  • Taking intelligent risks
  • The impact of a single decision across the enterprise
  • Keeping the end-customer at the front of the decision making process
  • Excelling in the First 100 Days
  • The two characteristics that board search committees are seeking in CIOs

    Methods for staying abreast of and understanding cutting edge technology

    Angela’s Entrepreneur as Residence experience

    Eyes on the trends: Fast prototyping and feedback, Artificial intelligence, STEM education