Technovation with Peter High - 370 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: Mergers & Acquisitions

Lyn McDermid, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Dominion Resources

In this interview, Lyn McDermid, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Dominion Resources, a $14 billion electric utility, 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:

  • How a long tenured CIO can focus on the long-term
  • Using analogous industries for inspiration
  • Overcoming common cultural and communication challenges in IT
  • Enabling the “Smart Grid” through IT
  • Eye on the trends: Enabling the mobile user experience, and building a trusting relationship with customers through more proactive and intuitive customer relationship technology

Bill Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of CenturyLink

In this interview, Bill Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of CenturyLink, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His organization, CenturyLink, and his role within the organization
  • His multi-decade tenure at the organization, and how IT’s contribution to the organization has changed over that period of time
  • How IT recruits individuals from other parts of the organization, and the rotational program that exists within CenturyLink
  • Innovation, the role that IT plays in innovation, and the methods of innovation within the organization
  • The on-demand resource model within IT, and the rationale behind the model
  • Growth through acquisition, and the role that IT plays in M&A at CenturyLink
  • The importance of gaining knowledge of the business, rather than just the technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobile-first mentality, services approach to architecture, Agile methodologies, and analytics

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

Ann Dozier, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Ann Dozier, the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of Glazer’s, North America’s largest wine and spirit distributor with over five thousand brands.
  • Ann’s role as CIO, where she is responsible for infrastructure, information security, the supply chain, digital, among other areas.
  • Glazer’s objective with digital as it relates to the customer experience, which is to ensure that customers and supplier-partners can interact with them on their terms
  • How Glazer’s has merged the IT organizations to ensure that the company is meeting State regulations while maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit within the company.
  • How the merger and integration with Legacy Glazer’s provided an opportunity to both integrate and update legacy systems.
  • How Glazer’s has leveraged their network of partners to drive the technology for the future.
  • How Glazer’s was able to complete a high-profile merger and add a national partnership while making sure the users did not feel the burden of all the movement by making excellent decisions and having the support of senior executives.
  • An eye on the trends: Business Intelligence, AI, IoT, Blockchain

John Chambers, Former CEO of Cisco Systems

370: John Chambers, the former CEO of Cisco, reflects on his 25 years at Cisco, from his greatest professional regret, to the key factors behind Cisco’s massively successful acquisition strategy, to the critical importance of culture. We also discussed his work with the leaders of France and India to digitize their countries, what he looks for when evaluating companies to invest in, insights from his new book, Connecting The Dots: Lessons For Leadership In A Startup World, among other topics.