Tag Archives: IT Strategy

Simultaneously The CIO And CDO Of Dell And VMware – Bask Iyer Does It All

Peter High interviews Bask Iyer the Executive Vice President of Dell Digital and the Chief Information and Chief Digital Officer of Dell and VMware. They discuss the importance of having the right people and processes in place when making a digital transformation, the differences in implementing the digital transformations at a Silicon Valley company such as VMware versus a company that is an order of magnitude larger in Dell, the value of the IoT, among other topics.

After Five Years Of Transformation, GM CIO Randy Mott Has The Company Primed For Innovation

In this interview, Peter High interviews Randy Mott, CIO of General Motors. They discuss the perspective Randy gains from serving on a board, his perspective on autonomous vehicles and disruption in the auto industry, the strategic importance of GM’s innovation centers, among other topics.

A CIO Hall Of Famer’s Approach To Machine Learning

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Dan Olley, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Elsevier. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of Elsevier’s business, including its focus on the legal field, the academic and health research fields, the business risk and financial fields, and their exhibitions business
  • Dan’s responsibilities as CTO, which include customer-facing responsibilities such as overseeing product development, as well as more traditional responsibilities such as applying technology to internal efficiency as well as revenue generation
  • Dan’s perspective on our rapidly accelerating digital world and the emerging symbiotic era, where intelligent conversational interfaces, mixed reality, and other technologies essentially eliminate the boundary between man and machine
  • The implications of machine learning at Elsevier, such as how it has enabled the creation of a new generation of products that move beyond providing static information and in to real-time recommendation and decision support
  • Dan’s perspective on the human element of AI, such as the idea that the human-machine system becomes greater than the sum of its parts, how digital intelligence can augment human decision making, and how Elsevier creates cross-functional teams with the necessary skills
  • How Dan’s background in agile development prepared him for his current customer-facing responsibilities, and his belief that customers must be embedded in the development process
  • How Dan aligns the fast moving R&D function with the broader, more traditional organizational strategy

Pawan Verma Leads Customer Experience As CIO And CTO Of Foot Locker

In this interview, Peter high interviews Pawan Verma, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Foot Locker. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Pawan’s diverse role as Global CIO/CTO, which encompasses overseeing Foot Locker’s global technology function, the digital supply chain, digital marketing and the customer experience across physical and digital touchpoints, and driving loyalty
  • How Foot Locker uses customer journey mapping to activate strong signals and amplify weak signals to better understand the rapidly changing expectations of their customers
  • Why machine learning and data analytics is playing an increasingly important role in enabling rapid decision making, and the ways in which the technical team of data scientists collaborates with the business
  • The three foundational elements of Foot Locker’s customer loyalty strategy, which include (1) engage and earn, (2) redeem, and (3) freshness
  • The customer-facing aspects of Pawan’s responsibilities, and how having end-to-end visibility enables him to find synergies, respond to customers more quickly, and serve them in a more meaningful way
  • Eye on the Trends: artificial intelligence, blockchain, experiential commerce, connectivity and networks

Naresh Shanker, Chief Information Officer of HP Inc.

Peter High interviews Naresh Shanker, CIO of HP Inc. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • The way in which Naresh approached separating HP into HP Inc. and HP Enterprise, including the process he used to define the scope and the five-year roadmap he implemented to transform the company’s focus from hardware transactions to software contracts.
  • The IT changes necessary to complete in the on-demand technology economy, such as moving from systems of record to systems of engagement
  • How they transformed back-office and front-office operations to create a digital experience
  • How they align IT strategy and the business strategy, and the process for developing business cases for where to invest
  • Focus areas for HP Inc. going forward
  • How they re-engineered the CRM system to transform the customer experience

Steve Phillpott, Chief Information Officer of Western Digital

Peter High interviews Steve Phillpott, the CIO of Western Digital. They discuss systems and applications integration, change management, digital capabilities and analytics, among other topics.

Diane Schwarz, VP and Chief Information Officer of Textron Inc.

In this interview, Diane Schwarz discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How IT is structured within Textron, and how dual reporting structures are used to enable business-unit IT and enterprise-level IT effectively collaborate
  • The criteria that business units use to find a balance between shared services and specialized solutions
  • How Diane’s strategic plan – which focuses on (1) advancing the business, (2) making IT easy, (3) protecting the enterprise, and (4) succeeding with talent – keeps the business units moving in a coordinating direction while allowing variability for specific strategies
  • How Diane uses ideation events and hackathons to drive innovation across the business and provide the environment for employees to grow outside of their comfort zone
  • How IT is made easy by emphasizing communication and maintaining comprehensive knowledge bases on IT tools
  • Diane’s career progression, and why she advises aspiring CIOs to gain experience both inside and outside of IT
  • Eye on the trends: the diffusion of technology through all business functions, and machine learning and artificial intelligence

Paula Tolliver, Chief Information Officer & SVP of Intel

In this interview, Paula Tolliver, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships, and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Paula’s decision to move to Intel after 20 years at Dow Chemical
  • IT’s role in the transformation and growth of Intel’s portfolio of products and services
  • How IT’s partnerships with businesses within Intel help shape the products and solutions Intel brings to the market
  • The Intel IT Annual Performance Report
  • Implementing predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and value
  • Paula’s career path and the diverse roles that she has held

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

Bridget Engle Named New CIO Of BNY Mellon

Bridget Engle has been named Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of BNY Mellonm a global investments company which provides investment management and investment services. Engle will take responsibility of the company’s Client Technology Solutions group, which provides critical technology platforms and applications that support BNY Mellon’s role as the leading provider of technology solutions to the financial markets. She will be responsible for setting the strategic direction and execution of the firm’s technology agenda.