Forum on World Class IT - 337 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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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

Stephen Gillett, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Symantec

In this interview, Stephen Gillett, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Symantec, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His career progression to the CIO role and beyond
  • Stephen’s role in transforming the use of technology during his time at Starbucks
  • How Stephen leveraged his experiences with innovation in his role at Best Buy Digital
  • Stephen’s current experience as COO of Symantec
  • Stephen’s advice for CIOs and IT VPs who aspire to CIO Plus and Beyond CIO roles
  • Eye on the Trends: The transformation of IT’s role within the enterprise and the emergence of a new generation of CIOs

Jay Brodsky, Chief Information Officer of the Atlantic Media Company

In this interview, Jay Brodsky discusses principle 4 of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The unique dynamics of being a CIO at a media company
  • How to structure an IT department responsible for similar sub-divisions with very different needs
  • The way in which the role of CIO must straddle an IT position and a business position and the necessity of IT leaders to work with the business to translate their needs into IT reality
  • The wealth of opportunities and challenges that the internet and social media have presented to a traditional magazine, which has needed to be agile in staying relevant
  • The way in which Atlantic Media has tried to stay in touch with its customers amid a world of Google-filtered searches and other competition
  • The excitement around cloud computing and the possibilities it holds for the future of IT

Tracey Rothenberger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ricoh Americas Corporation

In this interview, Tracey Rothenberger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ricoh Americas Corporation, a multinational imaging and electronics company, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The role and evolution of the role of CIOs and COOs
  • The advantages gained as a C-level executive from having a CIOs perspective
  • The importance of strategy to being a successful leader
  • The role of social media both internally and externally in a company
  • Eye on the Trends:The growth of smartphones and tablets and their impact on augmented reality’s presence and power in marketing

Karl Salnoske, Executive Vice President, Service Delivery, & Chief Information Officer of GXS

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

  • The increasing importance of domain knowledge among IT employees
  • The importance of governance in any transformation program
  • Building a core competency around project management
  • The importance of closely managing outsourcing
  • The increasing usage of cloud computing and social media in business

Andi Karaboutis, Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Dell

In this interview, Andi Karaboutis, VP and Global CIO of Dell, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How the recent privatization has manifested itself in Dell and Dell’s IT development
  • How the IT department changed to support Dell’s migration to a solution-based business from a hardware centric business
  • The unique advantages of serving as a CIO in a technology company and the steps Andi and her team took to leverage these advantages
  • How the IT team at Dell is both internally and externally focused, and the benefits this practice has brought to the Dell enterprise
  • The close partnership between the CIO and CMO and how the customer-centric mentality at Dell helps facilitate understanding among the leadership team
  • How Andi manages social media both internally and externally
  • How Andi’s background in the automobile industry contributed to her success and shaped her as a Chief Information Officer
  • Eye on the Trends: How the combination of analytics and the Internet of Things presents great opportunities and potential benefits across different industries

Mark Silver, Divisional Chief Information Officer of Siemens Health Services

In this interview, Mark Silver discusses principle four of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • His ascent to the CIO role through a non-traditional path, and how he caught up on the learning curve without much technical coding expertise
  • How experience with the technical details of coding are less important for becoming a CIO than understanding the business and the way in which it interacts with technology
  • The concerning lack of higher education training technologists receive in interacting with business partners, and the need for the CIO to be the translator of business issues into technology solutions
  • The cultural issues surrounding the adoption of a social media strategy
  • The role IT can play in facilitating the social media strategy discussion and development

Emerson Spartz, CEO of Spartz Media

In this interview, Emerson Spartz, CEO of Spartz Media, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Emerson’s entrepreneurial spirit and his founding of MuggleNet at a very young age
  • His educational background, the rationale behind his early home-schooling, and his attendance at college despite the archetype of young entrepreneurs skipping higher education
  • Common characteristics of successful people and positive influences to Emerson
  • The science of virality; how Emerson became enamored with the idea of media influence, how Spartz media utilizes it today for generation of its content, and whether viral media represents a change in the future of media consumption
  • How businesses should be viewing virality
  • His take on parenting in the future

Mike Capone, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

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

  • The way in which ADP’s substantial data center consolidation has created savings on the bottom line and in their carbon footprint, improved processing speeds, and provided the opportunity for ADP to bolster their data security schemes
  • A discussion of “Smart-Shoring” and how viewing his organization as “Global IT” has allowed ADP to get the most out of all geographies it operates in
  • How ADP avoids the “rip and replace model” when approaching acquisitions and the accompanying IT integrations
  • The power of Web 2.0 through corporate blogging and Social CRM, which can lead to organic ideas and improved collaboration
  • How driving innovation through IT must be a process that marries the business leaders and technically talented innovators
  • How ADP has been operating as a “cloud computing” provider long before it become a hot topic in IT

Andre Mendes, Interim CEO of the Broadcast Board of Governors

In this interview, Andre Mendes, Interim CEO of the Broadcast Board of Governors, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle two, Infrastructure, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The missions and goals of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • How BBG is able to get its information across in regimes where a free press is unavailable
  • How he measures success, and what kind of metrics he uses to determine whether progress is being made
  • How he leverages social media and “multi-directional” communication, and what roles those methods play in reaching the audience today
  • How he works with other agencies within the government and how they are able to coordinate their message
  • How his career path has led him to chief executive role, and how his previous CIO roles have prepared him for his current position