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Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Business

In this interview, Thaddeus discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The progression of Thaddeus’ career through a variety of roles in many industries
  • The value AT&T Business provides customers and Thaddeus’ role as CEO
  • Shift of AT&T business from hardware appliances to software, and the resulting change to the organizational structure (and CIO role)
  • The changing role of the CIO from integrator and enabler to transformation leader, and how business leaders can use innovation as a disruptive tool
  • How the company drives itself to innovate, despite being in an industry with a high barrier to entry
  • The mindset successful CIOs of the future need to have to help their business partners and customers thrive
  • AT&T’s network of innovation centers

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)

Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

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

  • The genesis of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science
  • The history of artificial intelligence
  • Aspects of human intelligence that have been automated to date
  • The impact of automation on jobs
  • Automated personal assistants as the predictor for the future eminent AI company
  • CMU’s strategies for retaining faculty talent
  • The two distinct safety concerns of AI
  • The supportive relationship between Pittsburgh’s government, universities, and tech and manufacturing companies

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

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

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.

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

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

Julia Davis, SVP and CIO of Aflac

In this interview, Julia Davis, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Aflac, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Using technology to improve the customer experience in the insurance space
  • Aflac’s Apprenticeship Program
  • Strategies for attracting younger team members
  • The workplace of the future
  • Utilizing metrics to improve employee and customer satisfaction
  • Eyes on the trends: big data and artificial intelligence