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: IT Governance

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

Dee Waddell, Acting Chief Information Officer of Amtrak

In this interview, Dee Waddell, Acting Chief Information Officer of Amtrak, discusses World Class IT principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Amtrak differs from other travel organizations
  • Amtrak’s new eTicketing initiative improves the customer experience and optimizes internal processes
  • Amtrak IT evolving to focus on the business and deliver business value
  • The recent development of a Project Management Office and an Enterprise Architecture Group
  • The creation of Amtrak’s corporate strategy through a series of working sessions and collaborative efforts
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobility and how it can drive innovations, cloud computing and the cost benefits it offers, as well as social media and collaboration technologies, and how they can help reduce silos within an organization

Mike Kistner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Solutions

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

  • How a recession presents opportunities to provoke more change with less resistance
  • The need to reassess reengineered processes in order to constantly stay relevant
  • How the path of CIO to CEO will continue to become a more popular trend
  • The importance of balance between business acumen and IT prowess for IT personnel
  • How including vendors and customers in the technology roadmap can help improve product development

Chris Laping, Senior Vice President, Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

In this interview, Chris Laping, the SVP of Business Transformation and CIO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. A live video recording of this interview can be found on Chris’ interview page. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • IT’s unique position to help solve business problems
  • Focusing on fundamentals, influence, and empathy in driving transformation
  • How Chris helped build a world class PMO, and how it now drives non-IT projects
  • The strong partnership between marketing and IT at Red Robin
  • Chris’ business transformation role, and how he orchestrates change pertaining to people, process, and technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Social media and mobile, and how there are many great ideas that are as of yet unfulfilled in these areas as it pertains to the services industry.
  • Q&A: Chris answers questions pertaining to how information security is managed at Red Robin, how changes are initiated, and outsourcing.

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

Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer of Goddard Space Flight Center

In this interview, Adrian Gardner, the Chief Information Officer of Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Adrian’s role as CIO of Goddard Space Flight Center
  • The implementation of innovative practices through drawing from public, open source, and private sector communities
  • Cross-collaboration in IT, and how the various NASA centers operate in an environment that is both collaborative and competitive
  • How Goddard utilizes Big Data to support decision-making
  • Goddard’s security posture and the increased focus on data management
  • Eye on the Trends: Consumerization of IT and how consumers leverage a broad range of technologies and tailor them to their own individual needs, mobility and how individuals can have access to information from anywhere on any device, and the rise in open source and utilizing open source communities to develop and refine technologies.

Ramón Baez, VP of Information Services and CIO of Kimberly-Clark

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

  • Using lean methodologies to simplify and improve internal IT processes
  • Providing high-potential employees with the same type of leadership development training that management receives
  • The advantages of embedding IT employees in the business to help with alignment
  • Creating a digital center of excellence that partners technology and marketing teams
  • The importance of frequently conducting management reviews, executive reviews, and operational reviews

Joe Topinka, Chief Information Officer of Red Wing Shoe Company

In this interview, Joe Topinka, the Chief Information Officer of Red Wing Shoe Company, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Joe’s role as Red Wing’s first CIO
  • The importance of field research for IT
  • How Joe conveys IT strategies in business terms
  • Red Wing’s ongoing eCommerce initiative
  • The importance of R&D and learning from other companies
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing and the plethora of available cloud-based solutions, as well as Big Data and the implications it has for Red Wing’s evolving eCommerce initiative

Randy Spratt, EVP and CIO of McKesson Corporation

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

  • How to structure a strong governance and IT decision making process
  • The integral role IT plays in acquisitions, and how IT can become the go-to group for M&A preparations
  • Improving IT’s performance by increasing employee satisfaction
  • Future trends in IT

Greg Carmichael, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fifth Third Bank

In this interview, Greg Carmichael, President and COO of Fifth Third Bank, a $6 billion financial services company, and discusses World Class IT principle one, People,and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His career progression from CIO to COO and President
  • Transferable skills between manufacturing and financial services
  • Increasing value of technology leadership at a financial services company
  • The benefits of being a CIO before being a broader business leader
  • Eye on the Trends: the opportunities presented by mobile and self-service technology, the benefits that arise from a ubiquitous, positive customer experience across these platforms, and the cost-savings due to the digitization of infrastructure