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Paul Fipps, Chief Technology Officer of Under Armour

Under Armour used to be known primarily for its moisture-wicking t-shirts. In the 21 years since the company was established in founder and CEO Kevin Plank’s grandmother’s basement, the company has expanded its product line extensively to include hats, pants, shoes, gloves, bags, and the like.
In recent years, the company has made three strategic acquisitions that will continue to reshape the company. With the acquisitions of MapMyFitness, EndoMondo, and MyFitnessPal, the company has become the largest digital health and fitness community in the world. Peter High recently spoke with Under Armour’s Chief Technology Officer Paul Fipps, who leads this digital transformation of the company. He sees the future as a combination of the physical and the digital, where one’s clothing and accessories provide better information on heart rates and sleep quality.

Alan Feldman, Founder & CEO of Pegasystems

In this interview, Alan Trefler, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The evolution of business process management to digital process automation
  • Pegasystem’s Model-Driven platform
  • The value of “cloud choice” for customers
  • Pegasystems’ customer- driven acquisition strategy
  • The rational for Pegasystem’s decision to not pursue venture capital
  • Alan’s book: Build for Change: Revolutionizing Customer Engagement through Continuous Digital Innovation
  • How Alan’s passion for chess influenced his career path

    Cynthia Stoddard, SVP & CIO of Adobe Systems Incorporated

    In this interview, Cynthia Stoddard, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Adobe’s transition to a software as a service company
    • Evolving Adobe’s IT strategy and culture using the characteristics of cloud technology
    • Applying customer experience principles to improve the employee experience
    • Tailoring tools to the needs of “personas,” or type of work an individual does
    • Evolving to meet the needs of millennial employees’ expectations
    • Using responsive design principles to create a consistent and seamless employee experience across surfaces (phones, tablets, computers)
    • Lab 82: Adobe’s collaborative workspace
    • Adobe’s work with Girls Who Code
    • Cynthia’s advice for women interested in a career in technology
    • Eye on the trends: big data, analytics, and AI

    Stuart Sackman, Corporate Vice President of Global Product and Technology for ADP

    In this interview, Stuart Sackman, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The value of combining product and technology under one executive
    • The advantages of having multiple diverse roles in one organization for both the individual and the organization
    • Adapting in an evolving competitive landscape
    • Strategies for recruiting millenials and technologists
    • The development of Lifion, ADP’s innovation lab
    • Using hackathons to improve how services are developed and delivered
    • ADP Ventures: an internal team that builds and tests new product offerings

    Ann Kono, Partner, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Risk Officer at Ares Management

    In this interview, Ann Kono, Partner, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Risk Officer at Ares Management at Equinix, discussed World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. She also discussed:

    • The interplay of Ann’s dual role as Chief Information Officer and Chief Risk Officer
    • Data as the primary driver of success
    • Using technology to separate the signal from the noise in data
    • Balancing innovation and risk with a two-bucket approach
    • Creating a collaborative culture to increase innovation
    • The talent challenge
    • Eye on the trends: unified communications, robotics and natural language processing, and data management

    Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer

    In this interview, Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships; and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The necessity of combining technology and operations
    • Responsible automated intelligence
    • Bank of America is not a fintech company
    • Guidelines for maximizing external partnerships
    • Advantages businesses of scale have over startups
    • Balancing innovation and risk
    • The war for talent
    • Talent planning and analysis
    • Cloud security
    • The importance of breadth and depth of experience
    • The impact of board involvement on the individual and the organization

    David Steinberg Has His Second Unicorn With Zeta Global

    Zeta Global, recently announced a $140 million funding round led by GPI Capital and Blackstone’s GSO Capital, elevating the company to “unicorn” status as a venture funded company with a valuation above $1 billion. In this interview, Steinberg talks about the evolution of the company, the role that machine learning will play in the future, the value in having developed a 20 year partnership with one of the leading marketers in the world, as well as a variety of other topics.

    Artificial Intelligence Series Summary

    The Most Influential AI Thought-Leaders and Practitioners by Peter High, series on Forbes.com I would like to introduce a series focused on artificial intelligence. Advances in artificial intelligence are rapidly redefining everything from how we work to how we learn to how we treat diseases. The expertise and background of the individuals interviewed in this series is varied, ranging […]

    Micron Technology CIO Creates Drives Enormous Growth

    Micron Technology CIO Trevor Schulze is a recipient of a 2017 Forbes CIO Innovation Award for driving business success with the development of his Enterprise Analytics and Data IT Group.

    Quest Diagnostics CIO Harnesses Insights and Technology for Better Healthcare Results

    Quest Diagnositics’ Lidia Fonseca wins a 2017 Forbes CIO Innovation Award for driving the success of Quanum, Quest’s suite of technology and data analytics solutions.