Forum on World Class IT - 316 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: Vendor Management

Curt Edge, Chief Information Officer of The First Church of Christ, Scientist

In this interview, Curt Edge, Chief Information Officer of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Christian Science Publishing Society discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project Portfolio Management, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Enabling the rapidly changing publishing world through IT
  • IT governance in a Church
  • Enhancing IT-business empathy and interactions
  • Freeing up bandwidth for strategic focus through commoditizing a cloud infrastructure
  • Eye on the trends: The exciting progress and potential of cloud computing and how the First Church of Christ, Scientist has already reaped tremendous benefit from cloud computing

John Bowden, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of IT of Lifetime Products

In this interview, John Bowden, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of IT of Lifetime Products, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • John’s role in the organization and how Lifetime Products keeps technology on the leading edge
  • Lifetime Products’ Global IT team, and the “follow the sun” process they employ
  • How certain portions of marketing report to IT, and the advantages this relationship entails
  • Lifetime Products’ practice of limiting vendors to create a simple, cost effective, and standardized environment
  • Eye on the trends: Mobility and business intelligence, and how the business intelligence environment can be extended to mobile devices so that employees can make quicker decisions from wherever they are

Michael Blake, Chief Information Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation

In this interview, Michael Blake, Chief Information Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle two, Infrastructure, principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Michael’s role in the organization and his major goals
  • IT’s growing role in the hospitality industry
  • Creating an ecosystem of partners that allows Hyatt to align with leading edge product offerings
  • The shift in skills as a result of forming the ecosystem of partners, with a greater emphasis on business analysis and vendor management
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud computing and how it can help Hyatt capture economies of scale, despite having fewer properties than their main competitors. Mobility and how it can bring capabilities that ultimately improves the customer experience

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

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

Bob Willett, World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships, eSeminar with Bob Willett, CEO of Al Futtaim Group, and Former CIO of Best Buy and CEO of Best Buy International

This interview is the fifth in a special series of five eSeminars covering the Five Principles of World Class IT. The five interviews have been broadcast in sequential weeks, and in this conversation on principle five –External Partnerships, Bob Willett discusses the following ideas:

  • The lessons learned from having been a provider of outsourced services to the time when he was a user of them
  • The rationale and benefits of outsourcing the majority of the IT department
  • The benefits he sought and gained through outsourcing, and why reducing cost was not the number one priority
  • How Best Buy’s “Business Information Officers” served to translate business requirements to vendors
  • How best to evaluate external partners beyond just measuring SLAs

Ken Venner, Chief Information Officer of SpaceX

In this interview, Ken Venner, Chief Information Officer of SpaceX, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The need for business units and IT departments to communicate with and understand each other
  • The strategies he undertook to build a resilient IT workflow structure needed in a lean organization like SpaceX
  • Working with Elon Musk and deriving value and insights from other companies in his portfolio
  • The unique challenge of blue-printing and institutionalizing a CIO office at a dynamic organization like SpaceX
  • Eye on the Trends:Because of security regulations for aerospace companies, SpaceX aims to achieve efficiency and scale by vertically integrating all processes and maintaining full ownership of any solutions developed

Ananda Rakhit, Chief Information Officer of NES Rentals

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

  • How to manage a virtual workforce
  • Focusing on hiring people with hard skills and teaching soft skills
  • Setting priorities to deliver projects on time and on target
  • The importance of building vendor relationships
  • How to properly evaluate vendors

Vic Bhagat, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions and Chief Information Officer of EMC Corporation

In this interview, Vic Bhagat, EVP and CIO of EMC Corporation, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT Business Partnerships, and principle five, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The logic and detailed set up of his role at EMC
  • Insights and techniques he learned from managing vendors at GE
  • How he conducts strategic planning to make it a more collaborative process for various silos under his leadership
  • His advice on preparing for CIO-Plus roles
  • Eye on the Trends: How large organizations are increasingly looking at CIOs to become more than “information officers” and help them grow and enable the business

Becky Krupski, Director of the IT Vendor and Asset Management Offices of Express Scripts, Inc.

In this interview, Becky Krupski discusses principle five of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The importance of treating vendor management as more than vendor procurement
  • The way a Vendor Management Office creates an advantage by allowing the technologists to focus on where their skill sets lie
  • How best to manage vendor effectiveness through SLAs and other qualitative and quantitative assessments
  • The segmentation of vendors into Strategic, Collaborative, and Tactical, and the unique treatment that each set warrants in order to drive the business
  • The dynamics of interconnectivity that the VMO has with other parts of the business