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Beyond CIO Series Summary in Forbes

This page is the hub to the ongoing Beyond CIO series in Forbes
The most talented IT executives are advancing beyond CIO to take on the very top leadership positions of companies. In this new series, Peter High profiles examples of this promising trend for current IT leaders.

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)

Greg Carmichael, President & CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp

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

  • The role of technology in Fifth Third’s business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) relationships
  • Fifth Third’s multi-pronged technology division
  • Firth Third’s three-phrased strategy for developing and delivering new technologies
  • Why CIOs need to know each business within the enterprise
  • Greg’s career path from CIO to CEO

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
  • Neil Sample, CIO of Express Scripts

    In this interview, Neal Sample, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Neal’s transformation of the Express Script’s IT department
    • Technology driven health care
    • Express Script’s apprenticeship to hire program
    • The steps Neal takes to prepare for new roles
    • The value Neal has derived from his Ph.D. in Computer Science
    • Fostering personal growth while adding value at a new position: change scale, function, or domain
    • Eye on the trends: high utility wearables

    Roger Martin, Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute

    Roger Martin has been a leading strategist and consultant for many years. He is consigliere to CEOs of many multi-billion dollar enterprises. He also spent a decade and a half as the dean of the Rotman School of Management in Toronto, a post he took as an act of patriotism in the hopes of creating Canada’s first world-class business school. (He achieved that goal.)
    In this interview, he reflects on the future of social democracy, and posits that economic shifts have transpired that have altered the viability of the American Dream.

    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.

    What Are Microservices? – Part 1: An Interview With Matt Miller Of Sequoia

    Matt Miller is a Partner at Sequoia Capital, and he is among the foremost experts on microservices. He has invested in many leading companies in the space, and maintains a microservices ecosystem roadmap that highlights the various aspects of the topic and the leaders in each aspect. He seemed like the perfect person to ask the question, “What are Microservices?”