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: Machine Learning

Albert Hitchcock, Chief Operating and Technology Officer at Pearson

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Albert Hitchcock the Chief Operating and Technology Officer at Pearson. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • How Albert took on COO responsibilities beyond the CIO role by identifying the need to streamline not just the companies underlying technology, but the operational processes as well.
  • Albert’s responsibilities, which in addition to IT and digital transformation include product development, procurement, supply chain, customer service, and real estate.
  • The evolution of the CIO role from the back office to the front office and Albert’s view that the role has become transformative to the point where it needs to encompass the operating model of the business
  • The three-phased transformation Albert is leading, which includes radical simplification, platform strategy, and execution strategy
  • How Pearson is working towards a single platform, similar to Netflix for education, which would be highly scalable, global in nature, high-quality, and one that can deliver all of their experiences around the world to millions of learners.
  • An overview of the changes occurring at Pearson, including radical simplification and consolidation of systems, moving from data centers to the cloud, and people and culture changes.
  • How Pearson has looked to an innovation ecosystem for idea generation
  • How the company is using AI and augmented reality to make a difference in education and the workforce.
  • How Pearson is preparing for the skills revolution with its Technology Academy, and how they are working to assist other companies in doing the same.
  • Albert’s view on companies needs to re-equip their workforce and the challenges that arise with it.

Bill Murphy, Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Bill Murphy, Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Blackstone’s IT strategy, which focuses on the coordination of many small use cases across an extremely broad spectrum versus
  • Blackstone’s focus on optimizing their business to ensure that all professionals have a secure and stable set of applications and the tools needed to be as efficient as possible in driving productivity.
  • How larger companies have been overtaken by startups by failing to update their legacy technology, and how Blackstone has worked tirelessly to ensure that the innovation-preventing technical debt does not accumulate.
  • How the CTO role has evolved, and its current focus on integration solutions.
  • Why companies need to embrace and dream ahead with technology, how the CIO and CTO roles vary in difficulty based on the CEO’s approach to innovation, and the difficulty across all companies to find the necessary talent to innovate.
  • Sapient’s culture of teamwork and collaboration, his role at Capital IQ focused on what their customers were being delivered, and Blackstone’s long-term view of investing, which originally drew Bill’s interest.
  • Google, Microsoft, and Amazon’s innovation in a space that all companies can take advantage of.
  • An eye on the trends: The cloud, Machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence [AI]

Jim Dubois, CIO of Microsoft

In this interview, Jim Dubois, CIO of Microsoft, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role and how he prepared for his role as an interim CIO
  • How he drove progress during his initial time as CIO
  • How he ensured that IT was on the same page with business units from a strategic standpoint
  • The changes that are reflected in the way IT now does its work
  • As CIO he acts as an initial customer to his organization, and how he can lend an empathetic ear to other customers of Microsoft
  • Some of the ways that the IT organization is able to work across multiple levels of the organization
  • The strategic roadmap for the future at Microsoft (including the ongoing integration with Nokia, as well as the move to a subscription basis for major Microsoft products)
  • Advice on how to move from an interim CIO to a full time fit for the position
  • Balancing innovation and security with his background as Chief Information Security Officer for Microsoft
  • Eye on the Trends: Big Data, Machine learning, BYOD capabilities, Digitization

Timothy Kasbe, Chief Operating Officer of Gloria Jeans

In this interview, Timothy Kasbe, Chief Operating Officer of Gloria Jeans, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • A review of Gloria Jeans and his role as Chief Operating Officer
  • Strategic priorities and his roadmap for the next several years
  • His international career, and how he has adjusted to a role within Russia
  • Retail within Russia and how he has found the technical capabilities of Gloria Jeans, and Russia, from a broader perspective
  • Sources of innovation and how they have changed in the retail space across his career
  • How his time as CIO has prepared him to be the COO
  • Advice on how to follow this same path as a CIO at another company
  • How he handles internal versus external security capabilities
  • Eye on the Trends: Human Technology Interfaces, Virtual Reality, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, the Digitization of Enterprise, Customer Centricity, Security

Gary Reiner, Operating Partner at General Atlantic

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Gary Reiner, an Operating Partner at General Atlantic. Among the topics they discuss include.

  • Gary’s responsibility as Operating Partner focused on helping companies which he advises grow.
  • Gary’s perspective from serving on boards such as Citigroup and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and the different experience resulting from them.
  • How Gary keeps up with the pulse of enterprise buying by keeping in touch with previous colleagues and through the exposure being a board provides.
  • Ways in which the CIO has evolved and become more exciting due to the migration to machine learning, new technology, and the increasing importance of developing software quickly.
  • Ways in which companies can make the challenging technological transformation by either leveraging and refactoring old software, or by developing applications that replace their legacy.
  • Eye on the Trends: Machine Learning