Forum on World Class IT - 329 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 Governance

Jim Knight, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb & Son

In this interview, Jim Knight, EVP & Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb & Son, a global property and casualty insurance company, discusses principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Technology in the competitive arms race
  • Collaboration in a Global CIO governance structure
  • The enterprise PMO’s ability to facilitate consistent delivery
  • IT’s stabilizing value in uncertain economic times
  • The importance of establishing business intimacy
  • Eye on the trends: Three major disruptive technologies- portable devices with enhanced functionality and performance to enable the workforce, big data and the potential for analytics to drive critical business decisions, and cloud computing and its ability to facilitate faster market entry

Steve Phillpott, Chief Information Officer of Western Digital

In this interview, Steve Phillpott discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, World Class IT Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Steve used the multibillion-dollar acquisitions of HGST and SanDisk as an opportunity to transform Western Digital’s systems, processes, and technologies and lay the foundation for the company to scale
  • The journey of integrating 3000+ applications, and specifically the importance of focusing first on putting communications and collaboration tools in place to enhance the speed and efficiency with which the organization can move forward
  • How the focus on good governance has allowed them to build out program work streams and application roadmaps around ERP, Human Capital Management, PLM, among others
  • How Steve set up change management programs within each workstream to ensure that the users can adapt to the new technology at the same rate it is implemented
  • The criteria Steve uses to prioritize the integration effort
  • Western Digital’s Predictive Analytics as a Service offering and how Steve created a big data platform that is flexible enough to support users at all maturity levels across the business
  • How Western Digital leverages on-premise and cloud-based CPU and GPU high-performance computing clusters to run massive engineering simulations that greatly improve speed to market as well as reduce the cost of development
  • Eye on the trends: artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the industrial IoT

M.S. Krishnan, Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation and Professor of Business IT of the Ross School of Business

In this interview, M.S. Krishnan, the Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation and Professor of Business Information Technology at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Challenges to the average CIO being innovative
  • Fostering innovation through sharpening business acumen
  • Creating a culture of innovation that balances experimentation and governance
  • Recruiting IT professionals with a curiosity for business and technology
  • Dangers of relying on a single group to drive innovation
  • Eye on the trends: Cloud based architecture and systems providing the “democratization of capabilities” for small and medium- sized businesses, and the organization’s ability to understand the talent they have through the lens of the ecosystem in which they operate

Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer of Google

In this interview, Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer of Google discusses principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Role of IT at Google
  • Ben’s priorities for IT
  • Google’s “20% Time” and Open Source openness
  • The “corporatization of consumer technologies” (or the consumerization of IT)
  • Cloud computing’s benefits and impact on IT
  • The future IT worker
  • Eye on the trends: The criticality of browser security and how it should not be an afterthought for CIOs, the rise of Android and tablets in the enterprise and the need for CIOs to proactively manage, rather than react to the change, and the emergence and potential of the Chrome Operating System to solve many of the challenges brought on by personal computing

Curt Edge, Chief Information Officer of The First Church of Christ, Scientist

In this interview, Curt Edge, Chief Information Officer of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Christian Science Publishing Society discusses World Class IT principle one, People, 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:

  • Enabling the rapidly changing publishing world through IT
  • IT governance in a Church
  • Enhancing IT-business empathy and interactions
  • Freeing up bandwidth for strategic focus through commoditizing a cloud infrastructure
  • Eye on the trends: The exciting progress and potential of cloud computing and how the First Church of Christ, Scientist has already reaped tremendous benefit from cloud computing

Joey Miller, Vice-President of Information Technology of Magna International

In this interview, Joey Miller discusses three principles of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • How a large corporation manages its structure when it is diverse both geographically and in its products and services
  • The need for multi-tiered governance in a multinational corporation that not only allows for flexibility to meet unique needs, but also provides the platform to leverage an extensive network of knowledge
  • The importance of synchronizing high level functions to ensure optimization of resources and to ignite improved performance
  • How a multinational corporation can remain connected and on the same page through the use of technology
  • How a fee-for-service IT billing system encourages the marriage of IT and business executives in planning and cost reductions

David McCue, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Computer Science Corp (CSC)

In this interview, David McCue, Chief Information Officer of Computer Science Corporation (CSC), a $16 billion provider of information technology and professional services to governments and commercial enterprises. discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • David’s role and responsibilities as Global CIO and Corporate Vice President
  • CSC’s three-legged approach to global governance
  • Standardizing around process, not technology, and deploying global solutions
  • Methods for effective best practice sharing
  • Approaching the role of CIO from a business perspective
  • Eye on the trends: Mobility, and how it enables individuals to be able to do anything, anytime and anywhere; analytics that enable seeing data in large amounts, and how it enables near real-time answers to business queries; and the importance of security in terms of protecting intellectual property so as to maintain a competitive advantage

Karl Salnoske, Executive Vice President, Service Delivery, & Chief Information Officer of GXS

In this interview, Karl Salnoske discusses three principles of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The increasing importance of domain knowledge among IT employees
  • The importance of governance in any transformation program
  • Building a core competency around project management
  • The importance of closely managing outsourcing
  • The increasing usage of cloud computing and social media in business

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

Mark Settle, Chief Information Officer of BMC Software

In this interview, Mark Settle discusses all five principles of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The transition from being the buyer from IT vendors to leading the IT operations for an IT vendor
  • How BMC Software IT serves as a strategic partner with the business as Beta testers for product development, monitors of competition, enablers of R&D, and sales representatives with intimate experience using the company’s products
  • The focus on recruiting IT leadership who will be able to play the role of a strategic partner whose focus is not only on managing IT, but also on working collaboratively with the business and capable of being involved in sales
  • The green IT initiatives and achievements of BMC Software in energy savings and server utilization optimization
  • The need for understanding the most appropriate use of collaboration technologies relative to different organizational dynamics
  • The call to reassess very structured IT shops, whose traditionally rigid processes may be inhibiting agility