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Bill Graff, CIO of Cerner

In this interview, Bill Graff, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships; and World Class Principle Five, IT & External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Bill’s 13-year career path at Cerner
  • The critical skills needed for IT leaders
  • How previously being a part of a revenue-enhancing division of Cerner shaped how Bill runs IT
  • Bill’s purview as CIO: security, data centers, corporate IT, infrastructure, IT finance and governance
  • Advice for scaling quickly: robust processes, internal relationships and external relationships
  • Eye on the trends: public cloud, partnering analytics with artificial intelligence, gamification

Sheila Jordan, SVP & CIO of Symantec

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

  • Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform
  • Using the integration of acquisitions as an opportunity to transform and simplify
  • End-to-end reference architecture: engineering to frictionless delivery
  • Building an IT workforce: balancing core competencies, augmenting skills, and outsourcing
  • Staying agile with your team to meet shifting priorities and opportunities
  • The IT department as Symantec’s CustomerONE
  • Women in technology
  • The expanding and strengthening role of IT in organizations
  • Broadening your definition of innovation to spur innovation
  • Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2018

    Gartner Symposium is currently under way in Orlando, and the company has identified a top ten strategic technology trends for the year ahead. Gartner defines “strategic” as those technologies that will have significant disruptive potential over the next five years.

    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 Trefler, 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

      Julia Davis, SVP and CIO of Aflac

      In this interview, Julia Davis, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Aflac, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People. Some of the topics discussed include:

      • Using technology to improve the customer experience in the insurance space
      • Aflac’s Apprenticeship Program
      • Strategies for attracting younger team members
      • The workplace of the future
      • Utilizing metrics to improve employee and customer satisfaction
      • Eyes on the trends: big data and artificial intelligence


      Brian Lillie, Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology Services at Equinix

      In this interview, Brian Lillie, Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology Services at Equinix, discussed World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. He also discussed:

      • Back office verses front office CIOs
      • The Four Pillars of CIO Excellence
      • Shadow IT as a signifier of service gaps
      • Eye on the Trends: artificial intelligence, big data, software defined networking

      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.

      Andrew Ng, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Coursera

      In this interview, Andrew Ng discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

      • Andrew’s unique, evolving, and passion-driven career path
      • The impact of AI on existing industries
      • Recommendations for CIOs and CEOs starting their AI journey
      • Advantages of implementing a centralized AI org structure
      • Opportunities for smaller organizations to leverage AI
      • How lifelong learning can minimize jobs displaced through AI
      • The importance of building strong teams and cultures
      • Key cultural components for success: work ethic and lifelong leaning
      • Chinese verses US business culture

      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 […]