Forum on World Class IT - 307 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.

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Chris Laping, Senior Vice President, Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

In this interview, Chris Laping, the SVP of Business Transformation and CIO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. A live video recording of this interview can be found on Chris’ interview page. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • IT’s unique position to help solve business problems
  • Focusing on fundamentals, influence, and empathy in driving transformation
  • How Chris helped build a world class PMO, and how it now drives non-IT projects
  • The strong partnership between marketing and IT at Red Robin
  • Chris’ business transformation role, and how he orchestrates change pertaining to people, process, and technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Social media and mobile, and how there are many great ideas that are as of yet unfulfilled in these areas as it pertains to the services industry.
  • Q&A: Chris answers questions pertaining to how information security is managed at Red Robin, how changes are initiated, and outsourcing.

Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects

In this interview, Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Craigslist grew from a simple “cc” list
  • The rationale for Craigslist’s simple design
  • Why he avoided investments from venture capitalists and bankers
  • How Craigslist attracted employees
  • The utilization of social media to connect people for mutual good
  • Individuals of personal influence
  • How the Bay Area has grown to attract so many talented people

Mike Kail, Vice President of IT Operations of Netflix

In this interview, Mike Kail, the Vice President of IT Operations of Netflix, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How IT needs to understand business strategy and align with other parts of the organization
  • The necessity of broader communications skills in IT
  • How Netflix attempts to remain on the bleeding edge of technology
  • How IT needs to adopt an “IT as a service” mentality and avoid saying no to customers
  • How the multitude of devices in the workplace leads to convergence of data to the cloud
  • Eye on the Trends: Social and mobile, and how they will enable seamless collaboration anytime at anyplace

Bill Schlough, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the San Francisco Giants

In this interview, Bill Schlough, the SVP and Chief Information Officer of the San Francisco Giants and InformationWeek 2012 IT Chief of the Year, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Delivering value through baseball competitive advantage, business optimization, and the fan experience
  • Partnering with innovative companies in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Being CEO of the Giants’ Class A affiliate team
  • Seasonal planning, executing, and supporting around a baseball season
  • The value of a tech savvy executive team
  • Eye on the Trends: Leveraging cloud computing in order to refocus on core competencies and the power of social media, mobility, and TV everywhere in improving the fan experience

Horace Chu, Head of Information Management Services, Gammon Construction

In this interview, Horace Chu, the Head of Information Management Services at Gammon Construction, a leading construction company based in Hong Kong, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The benefits of being jointly owned by two parent companies
  • The alignment of all projects to IT and business strategy
  • Identifying opportunities for improvement through an internal satisfaction survey
  • Gammon’s approach to career development
  • How Gammon fosters an innovative culture
  • Eye on the Trends: The internal application of social computing for knowledge management and information sharing, as well as the use of smartphone technology to enhance awareness and opportunities in the recruiting process

Brian Flynn, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Crawford & Company

In this interview, Brian Flynn, EVP and Global CIO of Crawford & Company, an insurance claims management company, and discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His top IT priorities to improve organizational agility
  • Using strong communication in driving culture change
  • Breaking the conceptual silos of IT and “the business”
  • Crawford IT’s leadership of an innovation program
  • The importance of measurement to prove results
  • Eye on the Trends: empowering mobility in all aspects of business, going paperless, yielding insights from analytics, enhancing processes through social media analytics, preparing for globalization, the evolution of culture change and embracing new ways of working, as well as the marriage of mapping out organizational business processes to drive innovation

John Hinshaw, Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations of Hewlett-Packard

In this interview, John Hinshaw, Executive Vice President of Technology & Operations of Hewlett-Packard, a $116 billion diversified technology company, and discusses World Class IT principle one, People,and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His unique purview of responsibilities as EVP of Technology & Operations
  • How he uses technology to impact P&Ls across business units
  • The unique culture and pace of innovation at HP
  • Planning and building great IT leadership teams
  • Eye on the Trends: the innovations that HP is making in a variety of exploding realms. He foresees an even larger growth of the use of mobile and social technologies, and talks about the advantages of smaller and cheaper data centers

Ken Piddington, Chief Information Officer of Global Partners LP

In this interview, Ken Piddington discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Global Partners IT’s transformation from an order taker to a strategic partner
  • The importance of communication in establishing credibility for IT and improving operations
  • The way in which IT is focusing on analytics in order to provide the company with a competitive advantage
  • The necessity to not only hold vendors to SLAs and manage them effectively in order to ensure you get what you pay for, but also the necessity to share the strategic vision with vendors so that they can more effectively operate on your behalf
  • How Global Partners IT engages external clients to build relationships
  • IT’s future role in mergers and acuquisition
  • Eye on the trends: The pros and cons of the hot trends of cloud computing, social media, and iPad in the enterprise

Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets of Salesforce.com

In this interview, Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets at Salesforce.com, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His career progression from first federal CIO to his role at Salesforce.com
  • Technology in the Obama presidential campaign
  • How brand ownership is shifting to consumers
  • The evolution of the CIO
  • Why IT leaders can and must use technology to invent and reinvent new markets
  • Eye on the Trends: With close to 5 billion mobile devices globally, Kundra foresees the ability for users to “instrument the planet.”- how big data algorithms can be used to look at the grievances and recommendations that consumers are sharing, and analyze that data to determine how to better and more personally serve them

Dave Zeppieri, Chief Information Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

In this interview, Dave Zeppieri discusses principle two and principle four of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The evolution of IT’s role at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • The benefits and challenges of leading an IT shop for a smaller government agency, after years of experience at larger agencies
  • How best to engage business partners and the importance of building relationships
  • The significant impact Cloud Computing has had on OPIC’s ability to improve its operations
  • The importance of documenting repeatable processes in order to maintain a secure environment
  • The balance of risk and expectations with social media