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: Internet of Things

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

Barry Eggers, Founder and Managing Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners

In this interview, Barry discussed industry 4.0, how Lightspeed approaches investments, among other topics including:

  • Industry 4.0 as the digitization of the manufacturing sector
  • The core technology trends that are enabling Industry 4.0, such as connectivity and computational power, intelligence, human/machine interactions, and digital/physical conversions
  • Barry’s timescale for the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies amongst large enterprises
  • The degree to which established manufacturing companies understand and are responding to the threats and opportunities presented by Industry 4.0
  • How Lightspeed, as a theme-oriented venture firm, approaches investing in the Industry 4.0 space
  • How Lightspeed investigates technology themes and their applicability across sectors and industries
  • How Barry thinks about the security implications of new technologies such as IoT
  • The differentiating factors Barry looks for when making an investment, such as the management team and core technologies
  • The genesis of Lightspeed Ventures, which Barry founded in 1999
  • How the partners divide up themes and determine where each will focus

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

Bask Iyer, Executive Vice President Dell Digital and Chief Information and Digital Officer Dell and VMware

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Bask Iyer, the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Dell Technologies and the Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and General Manager of IoT at VMware. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • The relationship between Dell and VMware, which are two separate companies
  • How Bask balances his dual responsibilities as an executive at both companies, including owning IT and e-commerce responsibilities at Dell, and working closely with R&D at VMware
  • The challenges of bimodal IT, including the difficulty of motivating people who are on the “slow IT” team
  • The differences between the IT organizations at VMware and Dell:
    • VMware was a digital native whereas Dell’s IT had to transition to digital
    • The organization structure at VMware is straightforward IT with heads of infrastructure, apps, and information and physical secretly, IT, whereas Dell is centered around portfolio leaders
  • Bask’s perspective that digital transformations must start with people, then processes, and then technology; and how Bask has focused on attracting the right people with the right skills to the companies
  • What it takes to implement a successful digital transformation centered around cutting bureaucracy, putting the transformation under a leader while avoiding a bimodal approach, and ensuring that the transformation extends past IT to the entire organization.
  • An eye on the trends: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things.
  • Bask’s view on age discrimination which is excluding older employees despite their talent, wisdom, and creativity, and the importance of avoiding that by multigenerational workplaces where younger and older employees can learn from each other
  • A rundown on the future of IT which involves all businesses becoming digital, a growing CIO role, and changing expectations among consumers

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