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.

Podcast tags Archives: Innovation

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

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

Timothy McCabe, SVP and Chief Information Officer of Delphi

In this interview, Timothy McCabe, SVP and CIO of Delphi, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His formative experience managing large technological changes at a critical time for the organization
  • The impact of Tim’s nontraditional career path and academic training on his role as an innovative IT leader
  • The way in which technology strategy, when aligned with both top-level and bottom-level needs, can enable the broader strategic direction of an organization to flourish
  • The importance of communicating and educating colleagues on the value that an IT investment will bring to the organization as a whole
  • Eye on the Trends: The growing potential of data-driven analytics and insights within a global organization, the influence of digital capabilities on information sharing in and outside of the workplace

Peretz Lavie, President of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

In this interview, Peretz Lavie, President of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The Technion’s mission and its role in driving entrepreneurship and engineering success in Israel
  • The innate entrepreneurial nature of Israelis as an immigrant nation and their unique geo-political context
  • What degree entrepreneurship can be taught to students, and what innate traits future entrepreneurs bring with them to the Technion
  • How alumni contribute in the classroom and providing business opportunities to Technion students
  • The Technion’s successful partnership with Cornell University to establish the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York City and the contribution of JTCI to the city
  • Faculty’s involvement in the companies that Technion’s students develop, and how the Technion financially encourages faculty’s start-ups
  • Lavie’s own research on sleep and an individual’s peak creativity and alertness
  • Eye on the Trends: Nanotechnology’s role in monitoring health and automatic translations capacity to globalize education

Antoine Blondeau, CEO of Sentient Technologies

In this interview, Antoine Blondeau, CEO of Sentient Technologies, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The state of the artificial intelligence industry and his work over the past fifteen years
  • How Sentient Technologies has applied there work to the retail and online shopping industry
  • How the technology maps out the process of interaction to create a better user experience
  • The large amount of capital currently held by Sentient Technologies and his plans for those funds
  • The war for talent in Silicon Valley
  • The balance between innovation and safety within the artificial intelligence industry
  • How he thinks about artificial intelligence in his daily life
  • The strategic planning process, and what he sees coming in the next five to ten years
  • Why he chose to pursue his career in the United States as opposed to Europe

Yasir Anwar, Senior VP, Head of Digital Technology, Macy’s

In this interview, Yasir Anwar, Senior VP, Head of Digital, Macy’s, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Working across internal departments and with external partners to reach customer-centric goals
  • Advantages Macy’s has as a long-standing brand vs. competition from digital native organizations
  • Digital development to create the “omni customer” experience
  • Restructuring of the organization based on the customer’s journey—the use of “domains”
  • Macy’s Labs and the focus on entrepreneurship within the larger organization
  • Talent attraction

Eric Yuan, CEO, Zoom

In this interview, Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

• Differentiation in the web conferencing space
• Differentiation in the web conferencing space
• Rationale behind deliberately controlling growth of Zoom in early days
• Importance of having a company philosophy to deliver happiness to customers
• Possibilities of Augmented Reality in the business world
• Impact of Silicon Valley on new and upcoming companies
• The need to create a culture of self-motivation for employees
• Trade-offs required to build a sustainable company
• Hybrid approach to selling to Small Businesses and Large Enterprises
• Focus on existing customers rather than only pursuing new customers
• Sequoia Capital’s impact on Zoom’s growth

Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer Global Growth & Operations of General Electric

In this interview, Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer of General Electric’s Global Growth and Operations Organization discusses principle one, People, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Vic’s role and IT enabling growth at GE
  • IT innovation at GE and the culture of innovation
  • Sharing global best practices while maintaining local relevance
  • The balance of innovation and security, risk management, and governance
  • GE’s “onshoring”/”smart-shoring” of IT domain knowledge
  • The future of the IT leader
  • IT metrics and the focus on business process improvement
  • Eye on the trends: Omnipresent information and the capability of sending IT solutions to anywhere at any time, hyper-intelligence and how analytics can bring the decision support system to a whole new level, and the need to give ample attention to the entire user experience in order to ensure stickiness

Kim Stevenson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation

In this interview, Kim Stevenson, the VP and Chief Information Officer of Intel, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Intel is establishing business intelligence programs and the value they contribute to the business
  • The war for talent in IT and the traits Intel seeks in IT leaders
  • How Intel IT seeks to understand the business and its strategy at every level of the organization
  • Intel’s innovative IT on the Go vending machines
  • Eye on the Trends: How cloud computing will be fundamental for IT, as well as social computing and how it will affect work conducted in the enterprise

Eric Singleton, Chief Information Officer of Chico's, Inc.

In this interview, Eric Singleton, CIO of Chico’s, Inc., 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:

  • The benefits of drawing from IT experience across different verticals and industries to deliver game-changing solutions to a new sector.
  • Eric’s innovation in applying the “customer perspective” to the traditionally internally focused organization of IT, as well as how it has led him to become a more externally-focused and sensitive CIO.
  • • The comprehensive approach Eric took when developing Chico’s innovative FAS Digital Retail Theater to seamlessly blur the line between the “bricks and clicks.”
  • The imperative of “relentless transparency” with the customer when capturing information at the point of sale, both to build trust and communicate enhanced value to the customer experience in a way that sustains the relationship between consumer and brand.
  • The ability of the Tech Tables to leverage technology in a way that elicits a natural and memorable social interaction with customers while significantly decreasing inventory carrying costs for Chico’s.
  • Eye on the Trends: The blurring of lines between the augmented reality digital experience and its spillover into everyday reality, the idea of real life interaction with technology as a continuum that now extends to each moment of the customer lifestyle and the ability of a brand to tap into that connectedness.