Forum on World Class IT - 281 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: Digital

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 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

Roger Pilc, Chief Innovation Officer of Pitney Bowes

In this interview, Roger Pilc, Chief Innovation Officer of Pitney Bowes discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Exploring the roles and responsibilities of the Chief Innovation Officer
  • Defining innovation, and the various types that exist at Pitney Bowes
  • The importance of cultivating an ecosystem of partners to accelerate efforts for innovation
  • The global innovation team at Pitney Bowes and how it approaches and organizes its work
  • Processes and methodologies for incubating innovation
  • Where Pitney Bowes draws its inspiration for innovation
  • Eye on the Trends: Internet of Everything, Commerce Cloud, Digital

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

Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean

In this interview, Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, IT Infrastructure, Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Digital Transformation journey at Royal Caribbean
  • Importance of Executive sponsorship for IT
  • Role of CIO to as an interconnector between Enterprise strategy and IT implementation
  • Value of technology from a customer point of view
  • IT’s ability to gain customer feedback in a B2C organization
  • The needs of Data management and analytics
  • Implications of shadow IT
  • Bleeding technology trends for IT
  • Relevance of cross functional teams to help push innovation within IT forward

Donagh Herlihy, EVP of Digital and CIO of Bloomin' Brands

In this interview, Donagh Herlihy, Executive Vice President of Digital and CIO of Bloomin’ Brands, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • A review of Bloomin Brands and its entities across the United States
  • His role and responsibilities as EVP of Digital
  • How he manages the digital team, managing digital separately from IT
  • The digital consumer journey and how he engages customers to find insights amongst customer groups
  • How he feels about CIOs undertaking the responsibility of “Digital” within an enterprise
  • How he has taken on additional responsibilities within the organization
  • How he encourages his IT team to translate consumer technology advances to enterprise technology change
  • Eye on the Trends: Improving consumer technology and the consumerization of IT

Roger Gurnani, Chief Information and Technology Architect of Verizon Communications

In this interview, Roger Gurnani, Chief Information and Technology Architect of Verizon Communications, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • What his title of Chief Information and Technology Architect encompasses
  • His strategic imperatives that he and his team are pursuing
  • The digital revolution and how he has handled the pace of change within the organization
  • ThinkSpace and the Internet of Things within Verizon
  • His career path and his experience within multiple areas of Verizon’s large organization
  • How talent management is undertaken at the organization
  • Eye on the Trends: Digital, Cloud Technology, 5G Wireless Technology

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

Tom Reilly, CEO of Cloudera

In this interview, Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Cloudera, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His organization, Cloudera, where it stands now, and the current priorities at Cloudera
  • The path to success for older organizations with large antiquated infrastructures and for Digital-native organizations
  • Industries that Cloudera is working with the most
  • How Cloudera maintains its competitive advantages
  • How he came to be at Cloudera after the founding of the organization
  • The way in which he has forged a strong relationship with the founders of the organization
  • How the organization thinks about remaining a private company compared to going public
  • The team at Cloudera and the methods he uses to build and retain the team
  • How he thinks about strategic planning and how the organization continues to pivot
  • The relationships that have been built with several MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses)
  • Some industry-specific use cases

Jim Fowler, CIO of General Electric

In this interview, Jim Fowler, Chief Information Officer at General Electric, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How he has transitioned to the role of GE’s CIO, having come from GE Capital
  • His area of responsibility
  • The financial acumen required for the job, and how he associates with those that have a deeper financial background.
  • Digital, and his vision for it within the company, including the Predix platform
  • Succession and career planning within GE
  • How he has organized his first few months within the role of CIO
  • Security and how data is secured within GE