Tag Archives: Culture

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers Is Trying To Change The World

Peter High interviews John Chambers, the former CEO of Cisco Systems. They discuss John’s work with the leaders of France and India to digitize their countries, what he looks for when evaluating companies to invest in, insights from his new book, among other topics.

Intuit’s New CEO: Culture And Customer Focus Remain Top Priorities

Peter High interviews Sasan Goodarzi, the incoming CEO of Intuit. They discuss Sasan’s view on artificial intelligence, why the CIO role was his favorite, how Sasan’s career ambitions have changed over time, among other topics.

Red Hat Aims To Be The Default Choice For Next-Generation IT

Peter High interviews Mike Kelly, the CIO of Red Hat. They discuss Red Hat’s strategic priorities and mission to become the default choice for next-generation IT, how IT differentiates itself within a technology organization, how Red Hat engages with the CIO community to learn from their different experiences, among other topics.

Lenovo CIO Arthur Hu Is The Chief Information Officer Of The Future

Peter High interviews Art Hu, CIO of Lenovo. They discuss Lenovo’s IT roadmap, the commonalities and differences between working in the US and China, the three intersecting elements of a business transformation, among other topics

An Interview With Toomas Hendrik Ilve, The Architect Of The Most Digitally Savvy Country On Earth

Peter High interviews Toomas Hendrick Ilves, the former President of Estonia. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • How President Ilves’ international upbringing shaped his worldview, including the influences of growing up bilingual, being a child of refugee parents, and learning to program at a young age
  • The role that President Ilves played in pushing the digitization narrative, both before he was President as part of the underground Communist resistance, as well as during his presidency
  • The impact that becoming a newly independent nation around the time that the internet was exploding had on Estonia’s ability to recognize the power of a digital society, and Estonia’s early digitization efforts such as e-identity and the X-Roads distributed architecture which was implemented in 2001
  • The collaboration required between the government, the private sector, and the public that was required to digitize the nation, why the private sector and general public have been more enthusiastic than the government due to the business efficiencies and personal conveniences, and how thee digital system is decoupled from politics in the mind of the Estonian people
  • Estonia’s cyber-war with Russia, which was the first of its kind, and how it resulted in the creation of the NATO Center for excellence in Cyber Security, which is located in Estonia
  • The features of Estonia’s e-residency program, such as being able to become an e-citizen and set up an online business registered in the European Union, and how that helps Estonia’s economy compensate despite its small geography and population
  • President Ilves’ focus since leaving office, including his academic focus on threats to democracy in the digital era, and work with other nations that are interesting in emulating Estonia’s digital society

Fletcher Previn, Chief Information Officer of IBM

In this interview, Fletcher Previn discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Fletcher’s accent to the CIO position, and how he prepared for the role
  • IBM’s cultural transformation, and the role of IT in driving this on the digital front
  • How IBM views cognitive business solutions and the ways in which IT supports and enables these efforts both internally and externally
  • How Fletcher approaches delivering IT value to a highly technical company
  • The philosophy and practice of “embedding security into everyone’s job”
  • How Fletcher engages with CIOs that are both his peers and his clients
  • Fletcher’s perspective, as a young CIO, on making IBM more attractive to millennials

Yoshua Bengio, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montreal, Co-Founder of Element AI

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

  • Supervised verses unsupervised deep learning
  • The heart of deep learning: disentangled representations
  • The genesis and mission of Element AI
  • Exploratory AI research verses applied AI research
  • The development of the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (MILA)
  • The significance Yoshua places on supportive and collaborative cultures
  • The evolution of AI in Montreal
  • Yoshua’s concerns bout lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs)

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

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