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Jim Swanson, CIO of Monsanto

February 01, 2016

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

  • His role as Chief Information Officer of Monsanto
  • The digital revolution occurring in the agriculture industry
  • How IT works with other parts of the organization to develop digital plans across the enterprise
  • How the recruiting and skills needed within IT have changed
  • The internal brand of IT within Monsanto to assure its place within the enterprise
  • How IT interacts with the ultimate customers of the organization
  • His career path to agriculture through the pharmaceutical industry and others
  • Universal similarities across multiple industries within the IT department
  • Eye on the Trends: Decision science and analytics, predictive and prescriptive modeling,  the Internet of Things

Jim Swanson’s Biography

Jim Swanson is the Chief Information Officer of Monsanto, a $15 billion agriculture company.  As Chief Information Officer, Jim is responsible for leveraging the company’s information technology to deliver long-term strategic vision.

Prior to joining Monsanto, Jim worked at Merck, as Vice President of IT for Global Human Health and Vice President of IT for Merck Research Labs.  Prior to those roles, he worked in other IT roles at Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham.

Jim was awarded as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2015.  He attended Drexel University where he received his Bachelor Science Degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology as well as his Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

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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