Women in Tech | episode 555

Pure Storage's CIO on Scaling IT

Cathy Southwick is the Chief Information Officer of Pure Storage, a storage as a service company with revenues exceeding $1.5 billion annually. As CIO, Cathy leads the organization’s global IT strategy while advancing Pure’s operations through the delivery of next-generation technology capabilities and systems. Prior to joining Pure Storage, Cathy was the Vice President of Technology Engineering at AT&T. May 03, 2021

555: In this interview, Cathy Southwick, CIO of Pure Storage, discusses the storage as a service model and IT’s three strategic priorities: scaling the IT organization, having a lens on security, and enabling the broader business. Cathy discusses how Pure Storage uses its own technology inside the business, the differences she has recognized working for a small and growing company versus a Fortune 15 giant, and how being a prior customer of Pure Storage has helped her since coming into the role. Lastly, Cathy talks about what customers look for in a strategic technology provider, how her IT team works with the rest of the organization, which is full of tech talent as a whole, and a variety of other topics.


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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

From strategy to implementation

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