episode 432

Bonus: The Digital Imperative

In this special episode, you will hear a live recording of the “Digital Imperative” panel from the 2019 Metis Strategy Summit, which was held in Dallas Texas for a select group of Global CIOs. The panel is moderated by Metis Strategy Vice President and West Coast Office Lead Chris Davis, and features two guests who have previously been on the broadcast: Diane Schwarz and Adriana (Andi) Karaboutis. Diane Schwarz is the Chief Information and Digital Officer of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., a Dallas based holding company for a privately owned group of entities in the areas of oil and gas exploration and production, refining, real estate, investments, ranching, and infrastructure. In her role, Diane oversees global teams to lead digital transformations, maintain cyber security, enable data analytics, and enhance infrastructure and cloud operations, among other tasks. Prior to Hunt Consolidated, Diane was the CIO and vice president of Textron, Inc. Andi Karaboutis is the Group Chief Information and Digital Officer of National Grid, a British multinational electricity and gas utility company with a $19 billion annual revenue. In her role, Andi develops and delivers the enterprise wide IT and digital strategies and manages digital security and risk. She is also a member of National Grid’s Group Executive Committee. Prior to this role, Andi was the EVP of Technology, Business Solutions, and Corporate Affairs at Biogen and the Vice President and Global CIO at Dell. Before those roles, she directed IT teams at Ford and General Motors. January 30, 2020

432: In this episode Hunt Consolidated CIO/CDO Diane Schwarz and National Grid CIO/CDO Adriana Karaboutis explain how they are taking digital back in their respective positions. When they joined Hunt and National Grid, the CIDO’s met with board members to envision the future of digital in their organizations. Andi outlines the “North Star” that defines the direction of long term digital initiates that are developed in the NGDigital Labs. Meanwhile, Diane explains how Hunt’s Collaborative Resource Group is used to “frack for talent” that is motivated to be a part of digital initiatives. This panel also includes a discussion of AI and predictive analytics uses, the reasons digital strategies fail, and the challenge and utility of the two-in-one CIDO role.

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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