Forum on World Class IT - 285 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

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

Michael Baresich, CIO of Ally Financial Inc

This is one in a series of interviews with financial services CIOs conducted in collaboration with CIO Straight Talk magazine. Read additional articles by other technology executives at www.straighttalkonline.com.

    In this interview, Michael Baresich, CIO of Ally Financial Inc, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships; and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Importance of cross-functional team work to figure out product offerings
    • Keeping an eye out at various human interface platforms to integrate
    • Being involved with external partners to understand technology landscape
    • Incorporating technologies that serve the 21st century consumer
    • Glimpse into the importance of how IT affects decisions requiring acquisitions of companies
    • Strategic importance of being involved in Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley
    • Eye on the Trends: Human Machine Interface; Blockchain; Digital Assistants

    Gregor Bailar, Former Chief Information Officer of Capital One

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

    • How to prepare for disaster recovery by ensuring that the business will be able to continue to function
    • How to work through crises challenging the corporate culture and the need to learn from these experiences
    • The importance of making the corporate vision clear to all levels of employees and of emphasizing each employee’s role in achieving the corporate vision
    • How IT’s role in designing infrastructure can enable team-oriented collaboration
    • How the CIO must act as a translator between the business partners and the technology enablers

    Kim Stevenson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation

    In this interview, Kim Stevenson, the VP and Chief Information Officer of Intel, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • How Intel is establishing business intelligence programs and the value they contribute to the business
    • The war for talent in IT and the traits Intel seeks in IT leaders
    • How Intel IT seeks to understand the business and its strategy at every level of the organization
    • Intel’s innovative IT on the Go vending machines
    • Eye on the Trends: How cloud computing will be fundamental for IT, as well as social computing and how it will affect work conducted in the enterprise

    Marc Lore, CEO and Founder of Jet

    In this interview, Marc Lore, CEO and Founder of Jet, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships , with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Overcoming the inefficiencies of the existing market and what market opportunities exist for Jet
    • How he defines the areas of focus for Jet.com
    • Some of the things he has learned from Beta testing the website
    • His sources of profitability by being in a subscription model with a membership fee
    • His time at Quidsi and how his experiences have colored his perspective while launching another retail space venture
    • The advantages of his experience in the financial world as it applies to his current work
    • How he has planned his leadership team to balance strengths and weaknesses
    • How he plans the strategic direction of the new organization

    Scott Farquhar, Co-CEO, Co-Founder of Atlassian

      In this interview, Scott Farquhar, Co-CEO of Atlassian, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; Principle Three: Project and Portfolio Management; Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships; and Principle Five: External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

      • The genesis of Atlassian
      • Using the IT team as a point of entry
      • The timing of venture capital funding and taking the company public
      • Fostering a culture of innovation at Atlassian
      • Serving multiple functions across a company
      • Prospects for future growth

      Phaneesh Murthy, CEO of iGATE Corporation

      In this interview, Phaneesh Murthy discusses two of the five principles of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

      • Structuring outsourcing contracts so that both sides have incentives to make the other side successful
      • Pricing by output rather than effort in order to increase productivity and efficiency
      • The virtual corporation of the future, which will focus on core competencies and outsource the rest of its activities
      • The need for the IT managers of the future to manage global contracts and commercial relationships within multiple cultures
      • Building IT roadmaps in order to achieve long-term end goals

      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

      David Guzman, Chief Information Officer of H.D. Smith

      In this interview, David Guzman, Chief Information Officer of H.D. Smith, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, Principle 4, IT & Business Partnerships, and Principle 5, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The business of HD Smith
    • The role that IT plays in the business
    • His strategy and the plans that he has for strategic imperatives and the future of IT
    • How he thinks about organizing IT to realize the strategic vision for the organization
    • The development of a portfolio of vendor partners, and best practices for managing vendors
    • How the strategic role of the CIO has changed throughout his career at multiple organizations