Forum on World Class IT - 303 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: IT-Business Communication

Mukul Kumar, Managing Director of the IT Practice at the Corporate Executive Board

In this interview, Mukul Kumar discusses three of the five principle of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The next generation of opportunities for transformational change
  • What makes effective senior leaders, in IT as well as the business
  • The fundamental importance of culture, and its effect on employee engagement
  • IT’s changing role in an economic downturn: IT’s primary responsibility is no longer internal cost cutting
  • Infrastructure’s role as a company’s productivity toolkit

Arthur Langer, Chariman and Founder of Workforce Opportunity Services

In this interview, Arthur Langer, Chairman and Founder of Workforce Opportunity Services, a nonprofit charitable organization that helps companies build strong talent pipelines through unique work-study programs, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How the CIO role is evolving to become more strategic
  • The importance of articulating complex IT concepts in business terms to facilitate collaboration with the business
  • How IT can be categorized as drivers and support, with the latter a target for outsourcing
  • The origins of Workforce Opportunity Services and how they help major corporations fulfill their needs
  • The process by which Workforce Opportunity Services supplies talent to corporations
  • Eye on the trends: The increased role of IT as technology develops as a competitive advantage

Horace Chu, Head of Information Management Services, Gammon Construction

In this interview, Horace Chu, the Head of Information Management Services at Gammon Construction, a leading construction company based in Hong Kong, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The benefits of being jointly owned by two parent companies
  • The alignment of all projects to IT and business strategy
  • Identifying opportunities for improvement through an internal satisfaction survey
  • Gammon’s approach to career development
  • How Gammon fosters an innovative culture
  • Eye on the Trends: The internal application of social computing for knowledge management and information sharing, as well as the use of smartphone technology to enhance awareness and opportunities in the recruiting process

Angela Yochem, Global Chief Information Officer for BDP International

In this interview, Angela Yochem, Global CIO at BDP International, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The unique learning experiences she gained at BDP by virtue of being a global company with close ties to the global economy and marketplace
  • Angela’s rise to becoming a Board-level CIO and the unique advantages that can be gained from serving as a member of a Board of Directors
  • The historical reasons behind why CIOs haven’t traditionally served on Boards and her advice for other CIOs who wish to become Board-ready
  • The current state of women in IT, it’s potential growth and her concerns for the future
  • The unique advantages she gained from her non-traditional background with an undergraduate degree in Music
  • Eye on the Trends: The increasing impact of technology in companies and how the recognition of that fact is causing Boards to seek out CIOs

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

Mike Heim, CIO of Whirlpool

In this interview, Mike Heim, CIO of Whirlpool, discusses World Class IT principle one, People; principle three, Project and Portfolio Management; and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His responsibilities as CIO
  • The benefits of being a product owner as well as a leader
  • How dramatic change has allowed him and his team to become front office collaborators as well as back office support
  • The future of IoT and its effects on home appliances
  • How IT addresses security in an increasingly digital world
  • A glimpse into how he managed to transform the workplace using Google Apps
  • IT’s role in the collaboration and development of new ideas
  • The governance and culture required to create an organization that is able to respond quickly
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing, 3D printing, Machine learning

Peter High, World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs.

Peter High discusses his Book “World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs.” Some of the topics discussed include

  • Principles that the best information technology executives follow
  • Thoughts on how the principles work as a virtuous cycle, including how improved performance in one can lead to better performance in others
  • Introductory and advanced metrics related to each principle and associated sub-principles
  • Specific case examples that highlight each principle based on extensive work with leading CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, and other IT executives
  • Thoughts on other factors that separate leaders from laggards in information technology

John Bowden, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of IT of Lifetime Products

In this interview, John Bowden, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of IT of Lifetime Products, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • John’s role in the organization and how Lifetime Products keeps technology on the leading edge
  • Lifetime Products’ Global IT team, and the “follow the sun” process they employ
  • How certain portions of marketing report to IT, and the advantages this relationship entails
  • Lifetime Products’ practice of limiting vendors to create a simple, cost effective, and standardized environment
  • Eye on the trends: Mobility and business intelligence, and how the business intelligence environment can be extended to mobile devices so that employees can make quicker decisions from wherever they are

Randy Krotowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Caterpillar

In this interview, Randy Krotowski, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Caterpillar, a $54 billion manufacturing company, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The strategic value of a dual VP Global Information Services and CIO role
  • The importance of talent management and legacy planning for operational excellence and business transformation
  • Caterpillar’s strategic focus on customer facing IT capabilities
  • How to include business leaders in developing IT
  • Eye on the Trends: The exciting possibilities for manufacturing companies like Caterpillar to move into commercial software, promote supply chain agility, and achieve IT-enabled integration of a network of independent dealers

Andi Karaboutis, Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Dell

In this interview, Andi Karaboutis, VP and Global CIO of Dell, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How the recent privatization has manifested itself in Dell and Dell’s IT development
  • How the IT department changed to support Dell’s migration to a solution-based business from a hardware centric business
  • The unique advantages of serving as a CIO in a technology company and the steps Andi and her team took to leverage these advantages
  • How the IT team at Dell is both internally and externally focused, and the benefits this practice has brought to the Dell enterprise
  • The close partnership between the CIO and CMO and how the customer-centric mentality at Dell helps facilitate understanding among the leadership team
  • How Andi manages social media both internally and externally
  • How Andi’s background in the automobile industry contributed to her success and shaped her as a Chief Information Officer
  • Eye on the Trends: How the combination of analytics and the Internet of Things presents great opportunities and potential benefits across different industries