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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
  • Taso Du Val, Co-Founder & CEO of Toptal

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

    • Toptal’s mission
    • Finding, screening, and monitoring talent
    • Toptal’s two engagement models: Talent Model and Toptal Projects
    • Taso’s entrepreneurial journey
    • Advantages Toptal has gained by developing their own CRM, ERP, VPM systems
    • Future talent verticals

    What Are Microservices? – Part 2: An Interview With Confluent CEO Jay Kreps

    What are microservices? In the first part in this series, I interviewed Matt Miller of Sequoia Capital. In this, the second part of the series, I interview Jay Kreps, the founder and CEO of Confluent, an open-source streaming platform based on Apache Kafka. Kreps developed Kafka while he was the Principal Staff Engineer at LinkedIn. Three years ago, he left that social media giant to develop his own company to develop real-time data streams leveraging microservices.
    In this interview, he describes his entrepreneurial journey, highlights the opportunity that microservices offer to large and small companies alike, and offers advice on how best to harness the power of this trend.

    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.

    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

    Jeff Pashalides, Head of Corporate for Sequoia

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

    • The symbiotic relationship between practitioners, the venture community, and the founding community
    • Sequoia’s CIO activities and events
    • Jeff’s insights into the importance of security, artificial intelligence, and the public cloud to CIOs
    • How Sequoia helps clients cut through the noise to see what is real
    • Strategies for the successful development and implementation of new technology
    • Two things enterprise technology can learn from consumer technology
    • Eye on the trends: cloud security, focus on talent

    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

    Ken Xie, Founder and CEO of Fortinet

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

    • Staying agile and innovative in a dynamic field
    • The three elements of Fortinet’s culture: openness, teamwork and innovation
    • Fortinet’s Five Stages of Security
    • Forming an ecosystem of external partnerships to mitigate risk for customers
    • The significant impact Stanford’s entrepreneurial culture and industry connections had on Ken’s career path
    • Ken’s complimentary relationship with his brother and collaborator, Michael Xie
    • Attributes of an effective entrepreneur

    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