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.

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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
  • Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

    In this interview, Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • High impact Artificial Intelligence research and engineering at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    • Some promising future outcomes of developments within the artificial intelligence field
    • Why equating intelligence with autonomy is inaccurate
    • His perspectives on the dangers of artificial intelligence that have been expressed by major technology leaders
    • Job displacement and the role of government in ensuring an easier transition
    • Methods he uses to stay current on upcoming technology trends
    • The role Paul Allen plays in the day to day operations
    • Partner organizations and the benefits of those partnerships
    • The people who most influenced him to become a serial entrepreneur
    • The significance of Alpha Go defeating the human international champion of Go
    • Advice on the use of artificial intelligence for enterprises considering the use of AI

    Mark Brewer, Chief Information Officer of Seagate Technology

    In this interview, Mark Brewer, Chief Information Officer of Seagate Technology, 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 nearly two decade tenure as CIO and the changes he has seen
  • • How he creates a culture of innovation
  • • The changing role that IT plays in the business
  • • Communication, transparency, and the multiple platforms he uses to communicate internally and externally
  • • How he manages a broadly distributed workforce
  • Eye on the Trends: Balancing Innovation and security, Cloud Storage, and Increasing Digital Content
  • Neil Jacobstein, Co-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University

    In this interview, Neil Jacobstein, Co-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Singularity University and his role as co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics track
    • The ways in which AI can mitigate the heuristics inherent in human cognition
    • How AI can be used to augment current human capability
    • Strategies technology executives should use to think about AI
    • The role the government should play in helping mitigate the potential job losses from AI
    • His perspectives on the dangers of artificial intelligence that have been expressed by major thought leaders
    • Advice on how to train workers to be prepared for the coming wave of AI
    • How individuals can prepare themselves for the opportunity of AI

    Jim Flyzik, President of The Flyzik Group, and Former Chief Information Officer of the Department of Treasury

    In this interview, Jim Flyzik discusses principles one, two, three, and four of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

    • How IT is capable of addressing a number of the US government’s problems through cost cutting and improved customer service
    • The steps taken to drive substantial streamlining efforts across government agencies
    • The importance of approaching problem solving by framing an “Imagine if” scenario, and working backward from that to create actionable steps
    • How to engender support for technology change amidst skeptics
    • How to establish meaningful and productive relationships with business partners , and the need to structure the relationship such that he or she views IT as capable of solving his or her business problems
    • His experience of working with the Secret Service, and recognizing the need to approach cyber security as proactive risk management as opposed to reactive break fixing
    • Eye on the trends: enhanced visualization technology to improve the communication of ideas, wireless & mobility and the ability for the intersection of time and distance to approach zero, cloud computing, identity management, business intelligence, cyber security, and the potential for the “open source” trend to drive the proliferation of open architectures within IT departments

    Linda Clement-Holmes, CIO of Proctor & Gamble

    In this interview, Linda Clement-Holmes, CIO of Proctor & Gamble, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The preparation process to begin her role as Chief Information Officer of Proctor & Gamble
    • Her diverse set of experiences within the company and how she thinks about her experiences for the future leaders of Proctor & Gamble
    • Her former role as Chief Diversity Officer, and some of the paths that she has seen work well to ensure promote diversity within IT
    • Some of her strategic plans that are current imperatives
    • The increasing important of security and how she balances security with innovative activities within the organization
    • Her involvement on multiple boards including Cincinnati Insurance Company and several non-profit boards
    • How she spent her first 100 days as CIO
    • Eye on the Trends:The Internet of Things, Mobile Technology

    Geoff Hinton, Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto

    In this interview, Geof Hinton, Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • His day to day work as a professor at the University of Toronto and as a distinguished researcher at Google
    • His thoughts on the current progress of the development of true artificial intelligence
    • What inspired him to pursue his PhD in Artificial Intelligence when the topic was less prominent than it is today
    • The founding of the Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception Program (NCAP) and how he brought these world class thinkers together
    • The outcomes of his work at the NCAP
    • His perspectives on non-profit work being a major player within the Artificial Intelligence space
    • How much crossover there is between his work at the University of Toronto and his work at Google
    • DeepMind, the importance of it, and how contests like the recent AlphaGo are important in the field of Artificial Intelligence
    • His perspectives on the risk vs. opportunity within AI
    • Whether the government has a role to play in pending job losses due to artificial intelligence
    • His thoughts on the recent trend of skipping university to move straight into entrepreneurship

    Bob Fecteau, Chief Information Officer of BAE Systems' Information Solutions Business

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

    • The multiple layers of complexity in IT government contracting
    • The challenges of managing a remote workforce
    • How “insourcing” IT services that were once outsourced can leverage competitiveness
    • The importance of protecting a company’s intellectual property
    • The importance of positioning IT to grow and improve the business through strategic alignment

    Jack Clare, SVP and Chief Information and Strategy Officer of Dunkin' Brands

    In this interview, Jack Clare, SVP and Chief Information and Strategy Officer of Dunkin’ Brands, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • What the Chief Information Officer role entails at Dunkin’ Brands
    • How employees, as customers of Dunkin’ Brands, are able to suggest innovative ideas and technologies to enhance the customer experience
    • The strategy side of his role, and how that opportunity came under his purview
    • How technology is driving the corporate strategy and some examples within Dunkin’ Brands
    • Strategic planning, the process currently in place, and how IT strategy informs corporate strategy
    • Whether the role of strategy creation within businesses will continue to be undertaken by CIOs
    • The rotational program at Dunkin’ Brands to find talented future leaders in other areas of the company
    • How his role as CIO has changed across multiple industries in his career path
    • How he thinks about security
    • Eye on the Trends: Cloud Infrastructure, the growth of consumer technology, and Mobile Technology

    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