Forum on World Class IT - 346 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 Strategy

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

Brian Watson and Dan Roberts, Confessions of a Successful CIO

In this interview, Brian and Dan, co-authors of Confessions of a Successful CIO: How the Best CIOS tackle their toughest business challenges, discuss World Class IT Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

Diana McKenzie, CIO of Workday

In this interview, Diana McKenzie, CIO of Workday, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How prior experience as a Workday customer has helped her transition into her role as the CIO
  • Her thoughts on the evolving responsibilities of today’s CIO
  • Tying enterprise architecture and microservices to empower business partners and stakeholders
  • How technology advancement has driven collaboration among Workday’s C-suite executives
  • IT’s role in prospecting emerging technologies to create competitive advantage for the organization
  • A glimpse into the priorities and strategic plans of the team she leads at Workday
  • Eye on the Trends:Big Data, Analytics, Virtual Personal Assistants

Pawan Verma, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Foot Locker

In this interview, Peter High and Pawan Verma discuss World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnership, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Among the other topics they discuss include:

  • Pawan’s diverse role as Global CIO/CTO, which encompasses overseeing Foot Locker’s global technology function, the digital supply chain, digital marketing and the customer experience across physical and digital touchpoints, and driving loyalty
  • How Foot Locker uses customer journey mapping to activate strong signals and amplify weak signals to better understand the rapidly changing expectations of their customers
  • Why machine learning and data analytics is playing an increasingly important role in enabling rapid decision making, and the ways in which the technical team of data scientists collaborates with the business
  • The three foundational elements of Foot Locker’s customer loyalty strategy, which include (1) engage and earn, (2) redeem, and (3) freshness
  • The customer-facing aspects of Pawan’s responsibilities, and how having end-to-end visibility enables him to find synergies, respond to customers more quickly, and serve them in a more meaningful way
  • Eye on the Trends: artificial intelligence, blockchain, experiential commerce, connectivity and networks

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.

Joe Locandro, IT Director of Cathay Pacific

In this interview, Joe Locandro, IT Director for Cathay Pacific, the flag carrier airline of Hong Kong, discusses World Class IT principle two, infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Cathay Pacific’s mission statement of having the best technology is translated
  • The rising importance of digital customer experience
  • Ways in which innovation is managed at Cathay Pacific
  • Similarities across industries based on Joe’s previous IT leadership experiences
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobile consumption and the changing form factors. Increasing usage of biometrics

Rob Lux, EVP and CIO of Freddie Mac

In this interview, Rob Lux, EVP and CIO of Freddie Mac discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • An overview of the recent projects where IT played an integral role
  • Utilizing metrics to drive customer satisfaction
  • The transformation undertaken by the IT department following the financial crisis
  • The technologically-informed business executives present Freddie Mac
  • Enhancing IT’s relationship with the organization through the BTO
  • Governance practices for large scale agile projects

Dan Olley, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Elsevier

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Dan Olley, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Elsevier. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of Elsevier’s business, including its focus on the legal field, the academic and health research fields, the business risk and financial fields, and their exhibitions business
  • Dan’s responsibilities as CTO, which include customer-facing responsibilities such as overseeing product development, as well as more traditional responsibilities such as applying technology to internal efficiency as well as revenue generation
  • Dan’s perspective on our rapidly accelerating digital world and the emerging symbiotic era, where intelligent conversational interfaces, mixed reality, and other technologies essentially eliminate the boundary between man and machine
  • The implications of machine learning at Elsevier, such as how it has enabled the creation of a new generation of products that move beyond providing static information and in to real-time recommendation and decision support
  • Dan’s perspective on the human element of AI, such as the idea that the human-machine system becomes greater than the sum of its parts, how digital intelligence can augment human decision making, and how Elsevier creates cross-functional teams with the necessary skills
  • How Dan’s background in agile development prepared him for his current customer-facing responsibilities, and his belief that customers must be embedded in the development process
  • How Dan aligns the fast moving R&D function with the broader, more traditional organizational strategy

Martha Heller, Author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

In this interview, Martha Heller, Author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How the role of the CIO has evolved over the years
  • The genesis of Martha’s book The CIO Paradox
  • The characteristics of successful contemporary CIOs
  • How CIOs will need to focus on developing and obtaining individuals with both business and technical expertise for their teams
  • Eye on the Trends: The need to meet consumer technology demands and the increased focus on data analytics.

Stephanie von Friedeburg, CIO of World Bank Group

In this interview, Stephanie von Friedeburg, CIO of the World Bank Group, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Roles and Responsibilities within the World Bank Group
  • The challenges of collaboration within a very diverse set of employees
  • Her path to IT leadership without traditional education in the area
  • Cloud, and the way in which security at the World Bank addresses those technology trends
  • What she’s gained by being at “board level” within the bank and advising with Box.Org
  • Eye on the Trends: Data, and the digitization and structuring of existing data