Tag Archives: Customer Focused IT

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

Kumud Kalia, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Akamai Technologies

In this interview, Kumud Kalia, Chief Information Officer at Akamai Technologies, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The challenges and advantages of being a CIO in a tech company
  • Agility in a fast-growing, evolving organization verses agility in a mature organization
  • The partnership between Akamai’s IT and product teams in developing and testing new solutions
  • Adding higher value as a CIO: developing internal solutions that can be adopted by the end- customer
  • Driving enterprise strategy by leveraging a culture of expansive thinking
  • Eye on the trends: disrupting infrastructure paradigms

Tom Miller, CIO at Anthem

In this interview, Tom Miller, CIO of Anthem, discusses World Class IT Principle One and Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Transferring knowledge and leadership skills across departments and industries
  • Operating from a master plan to increase agility and support success
  • The importance of customer-centricity both internally and externally
  • Digital trends in healthcare
  • The creation, design, and staffing of Anthem’s Innovation Studio
  • Encouraging innovation and creating value by balancing freedom and a rigorous methodology

Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises

In this interview, Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, IT Infrastructure, Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Digital Transformation journey at Royal Caribbean
  • Importance of Executive sponsorship for IT
  • Role of CIO to as an interconnector between Enterprise strategy and IT implementation
  • Value of technology from a customer point of view
  • IT’s ability to gain customer feedback in a B2C organization
  • The needs of Data management and analytics
  • Implications of shadow IT
  • Bleeding technology trends for IT
  • Relevance of cross functional teams to help push innovation within IT forward

Mark Settle, CIO of Okta

Mark Settle, CIO of Okta
Peter High interviews Mark Settle, CIO of Okta. They discuss the importance of setting up talented teams with strong leaders without creating single points of failure; how financial management within IT helps build credibility with various business functions; how IT should build towards non-transactional relationships with business partners to influence collaboration; and how IT helps Okta to build and leverage relationships with CIOs at different companies, as well as a variety of other topics.

Angela Yochem, CIO at Rent-A-Center

In this interview, Angela Yochem, CIO of Rent-A-Center, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Executing Rent-A-Center’s digital transformation
  • CIOs driving business innovation
  • The impact of a single decision across the enterprise
  • Keeping the end-customer at the front of the decision making process
  • Excelling in the First 100 Days
  • The two characteristics that board search committees are seeking in CIOs
  • Angela’s Entrepreneur as Residence experience
  • Eye on the Trends: Fast prototyping and feedback, Artificial intelligence, STEM education

Motorola Solutions’ CIO Pushes IT To Drive Innovation

Greg Meyers, CIO of Motorola Solutions
Peter High interviews Greg Meyers, Chief Information Officer of Motorola Solutions. They discuss how he engages external customers, his transition from pharmaceuticals into this new industry, as well as a variety of other topics

Intuit CIO Atticus Tysen Develops Product Mentality Within IT

Atticus Tysen, Cio of Intuit
Peter High interviews Atticus Tysen, Chief Information Officer of Intuit. They discuss his journey across multiple parts of Intuit, culminating with the CIO position, resources he uses to stay on top of innovation, how he has a “customer-driven” mindset, as well as a variety of other topics.

Box CIO Paul Chapman Finds New Ways To Add Value In A Tech Centric Company

Paul Chapman, CIO of Box
Peter High interviews Paul Chapman, Chief Information Officer of Box. They discuss how he differentiates his business, how he prepared for the role of CIO, and cyber security, as well as a variety of other topics.