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Charlie Feld (Special Series Part 2 of 2), CEO of The Feld Group

October 10, 2011
Among other topics, Charlie discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:
    • His book, Blind Spot IT, and his framework for IT-lead business transformation:
    • Why? [Why change? Why do anything]: This pillar is focused on creating durability, getting buy-in, mobilizing change, and the call for investment. It helps with prioritization, allows you take risks, and helps sustain the change initiative
    • What? [What to change? What will we do?]: This pillar is focused on determining what to change or leave the same. The CIO determines the future state business model and then makes IT agile enough to adapt to it
    • How? [How to change? How will we do it?] This pillar is focused on articulating how to make a transformation, following the steps of: defining roadmaps, taking on common development practices, and focusing on strong PPM
    • Who? [Who will lead and manage the change?] This pillar is focused on identifying who to engage. People matter most and the CIO must address organization,  leadership, culture, and performance
    • Change management with IT and the broader scope of a business
    • The imperative of the CIO to proactive drive the conversation about IT’s potential to add value to the organization, and the opportunity for those CIOs that have advocated unsuccessfully in the past to revisit the issue in light of the unstable economy
    • Eye on the trends: The ability to create a “fabric of integration” that allows IT departments to react to an event and integrate in motion and in memory, without the contingency of ripping out and replacing legacy systems. Specific applications of this approach are to : CRM, ERP, virtualization, and cloud computing

This is the second part of a two part series with Charlie Feld. Part one of the series was broadcast on September 26th, in which Charlie covered his career path as a CIO Hall of Famer and explored the evolution of the CIO role.

Purchase Charlie’s book, Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide To IT-Enabled Business Transformation from

Charlie Feld’s Biography

As the founder and CEO of The Feld Group, Charlie built a team of IT executives that enabled dramatic results in Fortune 500 companies through the transformation of their own IT organizations.  The Feld Group was acquired by EDS in 2004, which was subsequently purchased by HP in 2008.  In September of that year, Charlie retired as a senior executive vice president and member of EDS’ Executive Committee.  The Feld Group was re-launched in 2009 as a Leadership Development firm.  Prior to founding the Feld Group, Charlie headed IT for Frito-Lay.

Across his 45 years in the IT field, Charlie has won numerous accolades, including being named to CIO magazine’s prestigious CIOHall of Fame in 1997, the Smithsonian Award for Technology Excellence, and the Carnegie Mellon Award for Innovative Technology.

Charlie has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the City University of New York, Hunter College.


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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