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: Open Source

Jim Whitehurst, Chief Executive Officer and President of Red Hat, Inc.

In this interview, Jim Whitehurst, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Red Hat, Inc., discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How open source enables constituents to contribute and make significant improvements to products
  • How a good deal of innovation in IT comes from users
  • How Red Hat acts as a catalyst of communities, and seeks to influence as opposed to manage
  • The evolving role of the CIO, and how CIOs have more opportunities to see across the business
  • How Red Hat seeks to engage and collaborate with leading edge companies

Greg Brockman, Co-Founder and CTO of OpenAI

In this interview, Greg Brockman, Co-Founder and CTO of OpenAI discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The great potential for artificial intelligence to positively impact humanity
  • Greg’s experience as CTO of stripe, and the transition from high-growth startup to mission driven non-profit
  • How Greg thinks about staffing, and how OpenAI’s bold mission and unique structure acts as a magnet for top talent
  • How AI may replace more jobs than it creates, the economic disruption it could cause, and the role of government in easing the societal shift
  • The risks of AI, and the pressures of AI development versus AI safety
  • The role investor-founders Elon Musk and Sam Altman play in OpenA, and where Greg draws inspiration from
  • The trend of open sourcing AI development

Mike McNamara, CIO of Target

In this interview, Mike McNamara, CIO of Target, discusses World Class IT Principle Three, Project & Portfolio Management, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Target, and the design decisions of the workplace
  • The methods he uses to maintain customer prospective
  • How he sees differences in customer behaviors between Europe and the United States
  • The disappearance of “omnichannel” terminology in retail
  • The absence of a digital-physical divide in retail
  • The management of “offline” versus “online”
  • The organizational systems he has used to promote efficiency
  • What his priorities are for the foreseeable future
  • Target’s reaction to information breaches and improved security
  • Eye on the Trends: Open Source

Jeff Dean, Head of Google Brain

In this interview, Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow & Head of Google Brain, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Three, Project & Portfolio Management, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Jeff’s role at Google (and the company itself) has evolved since he joined in 1999, and his current role as the head of Google Brain
  • How Google resists organizational stasis and remains innovative, despite growing into a corporate behemoth
  • Google’s vision for an AI first world, and how the company applies its fundamental AI research to improving and creating new products and service
  • Trends in artificial intelligence such as open source software and conversational assistants
  • Major challenges AI presents
  • How companies in any industry can leverage artificial intelligence

Rob Alexander, CIO of Capital One

In this interview, Rob Alexander, CIO of Capital One, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, Infrastructure, Principle Three, Project & Portfolio Management, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Rob’s preview as CIO of Capital One, and his untraditional IT background
  • How the organization has adopted agile development, as well as the agile mindset
  • The IT department’s implementation of Dev Ops, and how they measure its effectiveness
  • Using technology and organizational best practices to facilitate collaboration
  • The company’s digital transformation, and the importance of understanding and positioning for disruptive change
  • Competing with as well as partnering with Fin Tech startups, tapping into innovation ecosystems, and how Capital One leverages the advantages of its scale
  • Some of the forward-looking products Capital One is developing for its customers

Theodor Forselius and Larry Sanger, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer of Everipedia

Among the topics discussed with Larry and Theador include:

  • The genesis of, and vision for Everipedia, including the company’s unique business model and its plans for growth
  • The differences between Wikipedia and Everipedia, such as unrestricted topics and blockchain infrastructure
  • The benefits of building Everipedia on the blockchain, such as self-governance, immutability, incentivizing contributions, among others
  • Everipedia’s forthcoming cryptocurrency token, IQ, and how it enables self-governance and incentives contributions by aligning the interests of editors with the overall success of the site
  • How the peer-to-peer hosting, rather than central hosting, enables Everipedia to provide access to information even in countries that typically censor free speech
  • Larry’s outlook on the future of blockchain and implications for the enterprise

Randy Mott, Senior Vice President, Global Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of General Motors

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Randy Mott, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of General Motors. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • How GM has evolved over the years that Randy has spent as CIO including switching from an outsourced IT workforce to an entirely incourced one by hiring thousands of new IT employees, consolidating data center operations into two enterprise data centers, and expanding the footprint towards new talent by creating four innovation centers.
  • Randy’s perspective on how GM has been able to cut costs by providing automation for manual processes and the importance of taking advantages of new technologies.
  • How GM’s IT team has been able to innovate including delivering new products and services driven by technology by creating a mobile center for customers, and developing a private cloud to increase efficiency.
  • An overview of GM’s organizational structure, which is a centralized organization with both a vertical executives that have teams and report up the line and horizontal executives that support the vertical executives.
  • Randy’s take on GM’s recruiting successes and pitch which is made successful by having a large footprint and ability to reach a large audience of college graduates, giving graduates the ability to pick which innovation center to work for, and having a reputation of being a successful company that gives them a lot of choice and opportunity.
  • Randy’s perspective on driverless cars and how the company has been working on Cruise Automation.
  • Randy’s advice to boards of smaller companies including increasing the use of direct reports of global CIO’s due to their amount of talent and exposure to what is happening across a broad technology.
  • Randy’s advice to CIO’s looking to be on a board of an external company as well as his advice to CEO’s who are hesitant to allow CIO’s of that opportunity to be more progressive as it is a win-win situation.
  • Randy’s emphasis on the application of new technology and the importance of evaluating the advancements of technology annually in a period of time where failure to innovate will result in major losses.

Mike Volpi, General Partner at Index Ventures

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Mike Volpi, a General Partner at Index Ventures. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Why autonomous vehicles are beneficial such as creating a safer driving environment and the reduction of traffic and parking lots.
  • Why Mike believes autonomous vehicles are still a few years away, including the immaturity of technology, the integration the technology requires, and the location-specific difficulties.
  • An overview of the legislation and regulation component, and Mike’s view that will be the equivalent of a driver’s license for self-driving cars.
  • How traditional automakers are taking different approaches – including building, buying, and partnering – to develop autonomous capabilities.
  • How legacy organizations are transforming for digital competitiveness, including the need for new technology across all departments as opposed to just IT, and the switch from servers to the cloud.
  • An overview of the wide range of business functions that SaaS solutions are offering, and why first-generation SaaS systems need to evolve to meet evolving customer needs.
  • How open source software has become increasingly popular in companies due to its superior security and ability to avoid vendor lock-in.
  • Mike’s reflection on his time at Cisco, including how his expectation that the internet would take off led him to Cisco, and how he surrounded himself with innovators and risk-takers who embrace transformative changes in the world.
  • Index Ventures’ perspective that when making investments, it is more important to look at the entrepreneur and founding team, as opposed to the specific sector.

Jim Flyzik, President of The Flyzik Group, and Former Chief Information Officer of the Department of Treasury

In this interview, Jim Flyzik discusses principles one, two, three, and four of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • How IT is capable of addressing a number of the US government’s problems through cost cutting and improved customer service
  • The steps taken to drive substantial streamlining efforts across government agencies
  • The importance of approaching problem solving by framing an “Imagine if” scenario, and working backward from that to create actionable steps
  • How to engender support for technology change amidst skeptics
  • How to establish meaningful and productive relationships with business partners , and the need to structure the relationship such that he or she views IT as capable of solving his or her business problems
  • His experience of working with the Secret Service, and recognizing the need to approach cyber security as proactive risk management as opposed to reactive break fixing
  • Eye on the trends: enhanced visualization technology to improve the communication of ideas, wireless & mobility and the ability for the intersection of time and distance to approach zero, cloud computing, identity management, business intelligence, cyber security, and the potential for the “open source” trend to drive the proliferation of open architectures within IT departments

Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer of Google

In this interview, Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer of Google discusses principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Role of IT at Google
  • Ben’s priorities for IT
  • Google’s “20% Time” and Open Source openness
  • The “corporatization of consumer technologies” (or the consumerization of IT)
  • Cloud computing’s benefits and impact on IT
  • The future IT worker
  • Eye on the trends: The criticality of browser security and how it should not be an afterthought for CIOs, the rise of Android and tablets in the enterprise and the need for CIOs to proactively manage, rather than react to the change, and the emergence and potential of the Chrome Operating System to solve many of the challenges brought on by personal computing