Tag Archives: Culture

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

    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

    Eash Sundaram, EVP and Chief Digital & Technology Officer of JetBlue Airways

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

    • JetBlue’s Mission: “to bring humanity back to air travel”
    • JetBlue’s biometrics boarding process
    • The two measures JetBlue uses to measure the success of their culture
    • Improving customer experience by merging technology and culture
    • JetBlue Technology Ventures: a venture capital subsidiary of JetBlue
    • JetBlue’s Innovation Lab
    • Eash’s board experience with Champ CargoSystems and SITA
    • Bringing multiple disciplines together to drive success
    • Eye on the trends: near field communication technologies

    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

    General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), Managing Partner at McChrystal Group and Former Commander Joint Special Operations Command

    In this interview, General Stan McChyrstal (Ret.) Managing Partner at McChrystal Group and Former Commander Joint Special Operations Command , discusses World Class IT Principle One, People. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The connections between the speed of change, agility, and decision making
    • Recognizing that you can be technically and tactically correct, and still be functionally incorrect
    • The benefits gained from decentralization, pumping information down the organization, and harnessing insights from younger, less experienced team members
    • Building an organizational structure of organically connected small cohesive teams
    • Creating a mandate for necessary change in organizations that are comfortable with their status quo
    • The General’s upcoming book on leadership which explores the metrics of leadership

    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