episode 311

Bill Graff, Chief Information Officer of Cerner

October 16, 2017

Among other topics, Bill discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • 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


Bill Graff is the Chief Information Officer of Cerner, a $4.8 billion health care information technology solutions company. He has global responsibility for the organization’s physical and logical security programs and corporate IT. Bill’s team also supports remote hosting and cloud datacenter operations in seven countries.

Bill joined Cerner in 2005 as a senior manager of Infrastructure Operations. Before becoming CIO in 2016, Bill held a variety of executive positions within the enterprise. Prior to joining Cerner, Bill spent 17 years in various IT roles spanning retail, nuclear, and fossil power generation industries.

Bill has been recognized by Computerworld as a Premier 100 IT Leader. He serves on the board of advisors for Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Intel Corporation.

Bill graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Economics.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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