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: Internet of Things

Bob Fecteau, CIO of SAIC

In this interview, Bob Fecteau, CIO of SAIC, 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:

  • What SAIC does and what IT’s role is in the organization
  • How he can act as an empathetic advisor to his customer organizations as a client of the products themselves
  • The methods involved in how he empowers the workforce to improve efficiency
  • The way in which he organizes himself with all the change that has occurred recently, as a new hire at an organization now undergoing a split
  • How he thinks about balancing the risk of fast-moving innovation with the potential for finding new opportunities with innovative ideas
  • Eye on the Trends: SaaS, and the security of cloud platforms, the Internet of Things

Mark Sunday, CIO of Oracle

In this interview, Mark Sunday, CIO of Oracle, 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 the areas under his purview within Oracle
  • The culture of being within a major technology company within the IT department
  • The way in which he tests and integrates new solutions to give feedback to other parts of the organization
  • As CIO how he acts as an initial customer to his organization, and how he can lend an empathetic ear to other customers of Oracle
  • Strategic priorities for the future
  • His service on the boards of a variety of other organizations
  • The digital transformation and how the role of CIO should play a strategic role in this area
  • Pushing the innovation agenda and how he has balanced security against innovative activities
  • Eye on the Trends: Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding, the Internet of Things, and Big Data

David Bray, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission

In this interview, David Bray, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, 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 role as CIO within the FCC
  • How he prioritized his work as he began at the organization
  • How he has matched the skillsets needed at the FCC to the skills needed for future technology trends
  • The drive towards cloud infrastructure and how he balances that desire with security concerns
  • His prolific use of social media
  • His quest for learning and how he has balanced it against his professional work
  • His path to the public sector and public service
  • The desire for increased collaboration between the public and private sector
  • Eye on the Trends: International relationships in Australia and Taiwan as a bridge from East to West, the Internet of Everything, Crowdsourcing
  • Mark Dajani, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Mondelez International

    In this interview, Mark Dajani, Chief Information Officer at Mondelez International, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, Principle four, and IT & Business Partnerships, and Principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Background on Mondelez International
    • His role as Chief Information Officer and his area of purview
    • The responsibility of processes in Mark’s CIO role and how he proactively added that role to his set of responsibilities
    • How he organizes his team
    • The external focus of IT and ways in which he has tuned his organization to be customer-centric
    • His views on Chief Digital Officers and how digital responsibility should be leveraged within an organization
    • The focus on innovation and how he ensures the innovation process at the organization
    • Some thoughts about how organizations can change their infrastructure to realize higher benefits
    • Ensuring a strong infrastructure floor to ensure that legacy technology doesn’t get in the way
    • How he manages change management to prepare the organization for new areas

    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

    Timothy Kasbe, Chief Operating Officer of Gloria Jeans

    In this interview, Timothy Kasbe, Chief Operating Officer of Gloria Jeans, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • A review of Gloria Jeans and his role as Chief Operating Officer
    • Strategic priorities and his roadmap for the next several years
    • His international career, and how he has adjusted to a role within Russia
    • Retail within Russia and how he has found the technical capabilities of Gloria Jeans, and Russia, from a broader perspective
    • Sources of innovation and how they have changed in the retail space across his career
    • How his time as CIO has prepared him to be the COO
    • Advice on how to follow this same path as a CIO at another company
    • How he handles internal versus external security capabilities
    • Eye on the Trends: Human Technology Interfaces, Virtual Reality, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, the Digitization of Enterprise, Customer Centricity, Security

    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

    Ron Ross, Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

    In this interview, Ron Ross, Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • His organization, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and his role within it
    • The paradigm shift in the complexity of technology and our ability to protect it
    • How the Internet of Things complicates the security problems already in place
    • NIST’s publication – Systems Security Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems
    • Who NIST engages for their publications and how they engage with their partners
    • TACIT Security – Threats, Assets, Complexity, Integration, and Trustworthiness
    • How people-centric security problems can be better addressed
    • The role that business continuity and disaster recovery plans play in security
    • Building security into systems to increase the level of confidence in systems

    Jim Swanson, CIO of Monsanto

    In this interview, Jim Swanson, Chief Information Technology Officer of Monsanto, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • His role as Chief Information Officer of Monsanto
    • The digital revolution occurring in the agriculture industry
    • How IT works with other parts of the organization to develop digital plans across the enterprise
    • How the recruiting and skills needed within IT have changed
    • The internal brand of IT within Monsanto to assure its place within the enterprise
    • How IT interacts with the ultimate customers of the organization
    • His career path to agriculture through the pharmaceutical industry and others
    • Universal similarities across multiple industries within the IT department
    • Eye on the Trends: Decision science and analytics, predictive and prescriptive modeling, the Internet of Things

    Rick Hopfer, CIO of Molina Healthcare

    In this interview, Rick Hopfer, CIO of Molina Healthcare, discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure; Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management; and Principle 5, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Strategic planning for dramatic projected growth
    • Leveraging infrastructure
    • Smart sourcing
    • Nurturing innovation
    • Striking a balance on employee security issues
    • Eye on the Trends: Social, Mobile, and Cloud Analytics; DNA/ Genomics; IoT connectivity in healthcare in real time