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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
  • 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.

    CIO-Plus Series Summary in Forbes

    This summary page provides access to the multi-part CIO-Plus series in Forbes
    The CIO-Plus series in Forbes explores the trend of CIOs who are taking on more C-level titles. Most CIOs where many hats. The good news is, those hats are getting more strategic.

    Brian Lillie, Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology Services at Equinix

    In this interview, Brian Lillie, Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology Services at Equinix, discussed World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. He also discussed:

    • Back office verses front office CIOs
    • The Four Pillars of CIO Excellence
    • Shadow IT as a signifier of service gaps
    • Eye on the Trends: artificial intelligence, big data, software defined networking

    Andrew Ng, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Coursera

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

    • Andrew’s unique, evolving, and passion-driven career path
    • The impact of AI on existing industries
    • Recommendations for CIOs and CEOs starting their AI journey
    • Advantages of implementing a centralized AI org structure
    • Opportunities for smaller organizations to leverage AI
    • How lifelong learning can minimize jobs displaced through AI
    • The importance of building strong teams and cultures
    • Key cultural components for success: work ethic and lifelong leaning
    • Chinese verses US business culture

    Terry Bradwell, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Officer at AARP

    In this interview, Terry Bradwell, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Officer of AARP, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Terry’s role as AARP’s chief enterprise strategy and innovation officert
    • AARP’s innovation lab
    • Driving an IT team to “be” the business, not only support the business
    • AARP’s Formula for innovation: Innovation= Culture + Process
    • Why CIOs make great strategy leaders
    • AARP’s mission to close the digital literacy gap
    • AARP’s broad ecosystem of external partners

    Mike Keller, CIO at Nationwide

    In this interview, Mike Keller, CIO of Nationwide, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Nationwide’s One-Brand alignment
    • IT’s role in Nationwide’s initiatives to simplify, modernize, and reinvent their core businesses
    • Optimizing for both business intimacy and economies of scale
    • Vendor goverance
    • Workforce planning for developing and transitioning team members for evolving organizations
    • The opportunities provided by a long tenure as CIO
    • Leadership strategies for creating an environment of learning, collaboration, and innovation
    • Executive development and internal rotational development
    • Columbus 2020: a private/public partnership to encourage economic development
    • Eye on the trends: autonomous vehicles, the sharing economy, smart mobility

    Brad Stone On The Past, Present, And Future Of Uber And Airbnb

    Peter High interviews Brad Stone, Author of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World. They discuss the cultures of Airbnb and Uber, influences that continue to shape both companies, the importance of startups having a full, strong executive team to guide their growth, as well as a variety of other topics.

    Rick King, EVP and CIO of Thomson Reuters

    In this interview, Rick King, EVP & CIO of Thomson Reuters, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The role of the CIO in an information based company
    • Recruiting and retaining talent
    • Providing employees with opportunities for growth and advancement
    • Leading with the mindset of a teacher or coach
    • Proven techniques for increasing the presence of women in all levels of an organization
    • Veteran advice for technologists seeking a board position
    • The benefits of involving CIOS when developing strategic partnerships
    • Creating symbiotic relationships with partners to drive and support growth and innovation