Forum on World Class IT - 295 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: Tech Enabled Business

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

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.

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

Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer Global Growth & Operations of General Electric

In this interview, Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer of General Electric’s Global Growth and Operations Organization discusses principle one, People, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Vic’s role and IT enabling growth at GE
  • IT innovation at GE and the culture of innovation
  • Sharing global best practices while maintaining local relevance
  • The balance of innovation and security, risk management, and governance
  • GE’s “onshoring”/”smart-shoring” of IT domain knowledge
  • The future of the IT leader
  • IT metrics and the focus on business process improvement
  • Eye on the trends: Omnipresent information and the capability of sending IT solutions to anywhere at any time, hyper-intelligence and how analytics can bring the decision support system to a whole new level, and the need to give ample attention to the entire user experience in order to ensure stickiness

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

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

Dennis Self, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Electronic Arts

In this interview, Dennis Self, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Electronic Arts discusses principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The evolution of the role of IT at Electronic Arts
  • The digital disruption happening in the media and entertainment industry
  • Mobile gaming, social gaming, and the management of gamer communities
  • Risk management and the importance of security within EA
  • How the tech savviness of employees throughout EA affects IT
  • The importance of advanced analytics
  • How the proximity to Silicon Valley influences IT
  • Eye on the trends: Cloud computing, SaaS, virtualization offerings, advanced analytics, collaboration technologies, security and risk management technologies, mobile technologies, the consumerization of IT

Chris Scalet, Former Executive Vice President of Global Services and Chief Information Officer of Merck

In this interview, Chris Scalet, the former EVP, Business Services and Chief Information Officer of Merck, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Chris familiarizes himself in new environments through engaging business leaders
  • How Chris’ role expanded as Merck built a multifunctional shared services capability
  • How Merck focused on the three step model of consolidate, integrate, and optimize
  • The evolving role of the CIO, and how CIOs have more opportunities to see across the business
  • How the CIO role has evolved such that CIOs are more about the business than they are technology
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobility and how it changes the way we interact with customers, business partners, and employees; the need for CIOs to embrace and appropriately manage consumerization of IT, and how cloud computing will become more pervasive

Jon Harding, Global CIO of Conair Corporation

In this interview, Jon Harding, Global CIO of Conair Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The centralized structure of IT within Conair
  • The methodology of expanding an organization’s information technology system on a global scale
  • Vendor management practices, and the implications of local and more global partnerships for a major corporation
  • Eye on the Trends: The potential of big data, and the internet of things – ability of all sorts of devices to communicate

Charlie Feld (Special Series Part 1 of 2), CEO of The Feld Group

In this interview, Charlie Feld, Founder and CEO of The Feld Group, an IT leadership development firm, discusses principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His career path as a CIO Hall of Famer
  • The “blind spot” that many executives have for IT
  • The history and transformation of IT and the CIO role
  • Customer-focused IT
  • The skill sets for the future IT leader
  • Eye on the trends: The evolution of the CIO into a strategic business leader