Forum on World Class IT - 151 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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Brian Bonner, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Texas Instruments

In this interview, Brian Bonner, VP and CIO of Texas Instruments, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The unique paths that bring CIOs to the Information Officer position
  • Transition of IT from simply a “support role” to an integral aspect of organization’s innovative processes
  • The role of information technology in a business’s strategic planning
  • The benefits to the CIO position for members to hold advisory positions in other organizations
  • Eye on the Trends: The growing importance of big data, cloud computing, analytics, and the importance of not innovating for innovations sake

Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University, Pakistan

In this interview, Umar Saif, Vice-Chancellor of Information Technology University in Pakistan, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How he leveraged experiences at Cambridge and MIT to bring back lessons to Pakistan
  • How LUMS first responded to the entrepreneurial ethos that Umar brought to the table
  • Umar’s innovations and projects that have had real social and private sector impact in Pakistan
  • Cultural and logistical constraints faced by tech entrepreneurs in Pakistan, including a murky intellectual property legal space
  • The rise of citizen journalism
  • Eye on the Trends: Fundamental changes occurring in the education and media fields, which create great opportunities for entrepreneurs like Umar in Pakistan

Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of the Cornell NYC Tech Campus

In this interview, Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell’s new NYC tech campus, discusses World Class IT principle one, People and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Cornell Tech NYC’s mission
  • Why Cornell chose to locate the school in New York City
  • The school’s matrixed learning structure and three organizing themes, which focus on customer-centric technology
  • How the school is building a culture that equally values real-world engagement and academic accomplishments
  • Dan’s definition of success for the school
  • Eye on the Trends:Innovation in educational content delivery, MOOCs, IT as an increasingly user-centric field

Mike Feerick, CEO and Founder of ALISON

In this interview, Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of ALISON, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The strategy behind ALISON’s focus on corporate and vocational training content online
  • ALISON’s revenue model and and key performance indicators used
  • How ALISON functions as a filter for the content that exists online in the vocational space
  • The promise that education technology and MOOCs have in transforming education around the world
  • Eye on the Trends: There will be great emphasis on skills-based hiring in the future, a departure from the traditional route that heavily weights an applicant’s college or university name, and ALISON is positioning itself to provide employers with such candidates

Jay Ferro, Chief Information Officer of American Cancer Society

In this interview, Jay Ferro, Chief Information Officer of the American Cancer Society, a nationwide voluntary health organization, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The specifics of his CIO role at American Cancer Society
  • The differences and similarities in managing IT at non-profit and the for-profit sectors
  • The critical role of IT in enabling functionality of a volunteer based organization like American Cancer Society
  • How Jay prepared and gathered his team around him to achieve early wins
  • Eye on the Trends:The increased role of technology and platforms like CRMs, mobile devices, and big data to improve operational and research performance of organizations like American Cancer Society

Kevin Hart, EVP and CTO of Cox Communications

In this interview, Kevin Hart, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cox Communications, the third-largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider in the country, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle three, Project and Portfolio, and principle four, IT & Business Partnership, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The uniqueness of his role at CTO at Cox
  • His first 100 days plan for his CTO role
  • How he has implemented a faster pace of innovation within technology at Cox, in order to compete within the rapidly-evolving video entertainment market
  • Eye on the Trends: Aligning IT initiatives with overall business goals at firms through evolving roles of the CIOs and CTO, and the steps Ken has undertaken to institutionalize formalized training programs such as CIO University

Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-Founder of Box

In this interview, Aaron Levie, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Box, a leader in online file sharing and cloud content management, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Themes of the upcoming BoxWorks conference
  • Box’s ability to attract and retain top talent from other IT firms
  • Box’s focus on delivering enterprise IT solutions through a consumer IT approach
  • Eye on the Trends: Yesterday’s competitors are becoming today’s partners in IT. As consumers and enterprises demand more flexibility, connectivity, and functionality often from the same device, different solutions providers have to collaborate

Randy Krotowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Caterpillar

In this interview, Randy Krotowski, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Caterpillar, a $54 billion manufacturing company, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The strategic value of a dual VP Global Information Services and CIO role
  • The importance of talent management and legacy planning for operational excellence and business transformation
  • Caterpillar’s strategic focus on customer facing IT capabilities
  • How to include business leaders in developing IT
  • Eye on the Trends: The exciting possibilities for manufacturing companies like Caterpillar to move into commercial software, promote supply chain agility, and achieve IT-enabled integration of a network of independent dealers

John Michelsen, Chief Technology Officer of CA Technologies

In this interview, John Michelsen, Chief Technology Officer of CA Technologies, a $4.6 billion software and solutions company, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The internal and external facing role of the CTO in a tech company
  • The need for speed in IT delivery
  • Employing Agile principles to segment large projects into multiple manageable threads
  • How IT should advise, rather than fight, business units that want to build their own applications
  • Eye on the Trends: The exciting possibilities of the “Internet of Things,” and how cloud computing, mobile, big data, and consumerization of IT will be trailblazers in developing a fully interconnected world

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