Technovation with Peter High - 371 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Technovation with Peter High, 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: Workplace Optimization

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

Gregor Bailar, Former Chief Information Officer of Capital One

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

  • How to prepare for disaster recovery by ensuring that the business will be able to continue to function
  • How to work through crises challenging the corporate culture and the need to learn from these experiences
  • The importance of making the corporate vision clear to all levels of employees and of emphasizing each employee’s role in achieving the corporate vision
  • How IT’s role in designing infrastructure can enable team-oriented collaboration
  • How the CIO must act as a translator between the business partners and the technology enablers

Gregor Bailar, World Class IT Principle One, People, eSeminar with Gregor Bailar, Former CIO of Capital One

This interview is the first in a special series of five eSeminars covering the Five Principles of World Class IT. The five interviews will be broadcast in sequential weeks, and in this conversation on P1-People, Gregor Bailar discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy

  • How Gregor and his colleagues at Capital One turned the traditional thought process on office space and the working environment on its head in order to facilitate collaboration and innovation among other benefits
  • Gregor’s approach to workforce planning, succession planning, and grooming the leaders of the future, especially as several of his former lieutenants are now IT executives
  • The process Gregor has used to facilitate cultural change in the organizations that he has led
  • Gregor’s thoughts on how the so-called millennials’ innate comfort with and knowledge of technology impact IT departments and corporations more generally speaking
  • Other people-centric trends that he believes will be critical for current CIOs and IT executives to be mindful of

Mark Settle, Chief Information Officer of BMC Software

In this interview, Mark Settle discusses all five principles of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include

  • The transition from being the buyer from IT vendors to leading the IT operations for an IT vendor
  • How BMC Software IT serves as a strategic partner with the business as Beta testers for product development, monitors of competition, enablers of R&D, and sales representatives with intimate experience using the company’s products
  • The focus on recruiting IT leadership who will be able to play the role of a strategic partner whose focus is not only on managing IT, but also on working collaboratively with the business and capable of being involved in sales
  • The green IT initiatives and achievements of BMC Software in energy savings and server utilization optimization
  • The need for understanding the most appropriate use of collaboration technologies relative to different organizational dynamics
  • The call to reassess very structured IT shops, whose traditionally rigid processes may be inhibiting agility