Forum on World Class IT - 281 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.

Podcast tags Archives: Software as a Service

Dee Waddell, Acting Chief Information Officer of Amtrak

In this interview, Dee Waddell, Acting Chief Information Officer of Amtrak, discusses World Class IT principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Amtrak differs from other travel organizations
  • Amtrak’s new eTicketing initiative improves the customer experience and optimizes internal processes
  • Amtrak IT evolving to focus on the business and deliver business value
  • The recent development of a Project Management Office and an Enterprise Architecture Group
  • The creation of Amtrak’s corporate strategy through a series of working sessions and collaborative efforts
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobility and how it can drive innovations, cloud computing and the cost benefits it offers, as well as social media and collaboration technologies, and how they can help reduce silos within an organization

Jean Hill, Chief Technology Officer of First New York Securities

In this interview, Jean Hill, the Chief Technology Officer of First New York Securities, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Jean’s role at First New York Securities and her unusual path to become CTO
  • Jean’s business background and how it keeps her focused on the business value of technology
  • The necessity of educating users on how to take advantage of technology solutions
  • The process by which Jean transformed the IT organization
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing and how enterprises will need to find a way to integrate all of the different cloud solutions they have.

Bill Krivoshik, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Time Warner

In this interview, Bill Krivoshik, the SVP and Chief Information Officer of Merck, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Bill’s first steps in taking on the enterprise CIO role at Time Warner
  • How the enterprise CIO role helps Bill drive efficiencies through standardization across business units
  • How Bill employs a peer mentor group as opposed to a vendor management group
  • The value of Time Warner’s brand in attracting and retaining top talent
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud and SaaS, and how it enables organizations to shift from a fixed to variable cost structure, as well as the consumerization of IT and mobility, and how it enables access to information on any device

Joe Topinka, Chief Information Officer of Red Wing Shoe Company

In this interview, Joe Topinka, the Chief Information Officer of Red Wing Shoe Company, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Joe’s role as Red Wing’s first CIO
  • The importance of field research for IT
  • How Joe conveys IT strategies in business terms
  • Red Wing’s ongoing eCommerce initiative
  • The importance of R&D and learning from other companies
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing and the plethora of available cloud-based solutions, as well as Big Data and the implications it has for Red Wing’s evolving eCommerce initiative

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

Simon Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of FutureLearn

In this interview, Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn, a prominent MOOC, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Simon’s vision for FutureLearn, and how he started the company
  • How he has leveraged his non-academic background to run a MOOC
  • FutureLearn’s revenue model, and what Simon thinks about his company’s position vis-à-vis traditional educational institutions and other MOOCs
  • How FutureLearn engages cultural institutions to enhance its product
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobile learning, changing technology to make MOOC learning more conducive to non-STEM subjects

Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CIO of Adobe

In this interview, Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CIO of Adobe, discusses World Class IT principle one, people, two, infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Adobe’s transformation into becoming cloud-centric
  • The ways in which she engages Adobe’s customer set
  • Changing skillsets needed in technology leadership
  • Benefits of her association to the venture capital community
  • Eye on the Trends: Technology integration, identity management, and the unification of user experience

David Bray, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission

In this interview, David Bray, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, principle 2, Infrastructure, and Principle 4, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role as CIO within the FCC
  • How he prioritized his work as he began at the organization
  • How he has matched the skillsets needed at the FCC to the skills needed for future technology trends
  • The drive towards cloud infrastructure and how he balances that desire with security concerns
  • His prolific use of social media
  • His quest for learning and how he has balanced it against his professional work
  • His path to the public sector and public service
  • The desire for increased collaboration between the public and private sector
  • Eye on the Trends: International relationships in Australia and Taiwan as a bridge from East to West, the Internet of Everything, Crowdsourcing
  • Jo-ann Olsovsky, Chief Information Officer of BNSF Railway

    In this interview, Jo-ann Olsovsky, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of BNSF Railway discusses principles two, Infrastructure, and four, IT-Business Partnerships of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Technology in the rail industry
    • Need for collaboration and inter-operability
    • Life after the Berkshire Hathaway acquisition
    • Mindset of a CIO in a B2B Company
    • Learning a new industry and company
    • Eye on the trends: BNSF’s use of mobile computing to help its customers track their freight, the challenges of the consumerization of IT, the evolution of the “always on” hand held device and information at the fingertips without the need to launch applications, the potential for video and imagery in rail, the digital storage boom and power of cloud computing and visualization

    David Guzman, Chief Information Officer of H.D. Smith

    In this interview, David Guzman, Chief Information Officer of H.D. Smith, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, Principle 4, IT & Business Partnerships, and Principle 5, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The business of HD Smith
  • The role that IT plays in the business
  • His strategy and the plans that he has for strategic imperatives and the future of IT
  • How he thinks about organizing IT to realize the strategic vision for the organization
  • The development of a portfolio of vendor partners, and best practices for managing vendors
  • How the strategic role of the CIO has changed throughout his career at multiple organizations