episode 806

Databricks CIO Naveen Zutshi Talks Building a Holistic AI Strategy and Sound Data Architecture

Naveen Zutshi is the Chief Information Officer of Databricks, a data lake-house architecture and AI company that earns an excess of $1 billion in annual revenue. Naveen has been in his role since January 2022 and is the first to hold the title of Chief Information Officer at Databricks. In less than two years in the role, Naveen has helped the company navigate continued remarkable growth while helping the company develop a technology footing emblematic of the future that it anticipates and remarkable growth to come. Prior to his current role, Naveen was the Chief Information Officer of Palo Alto Networks, as well as Senior Vice President on the Technology team at GAP. September 28, 2023

806: Naveen joins Peter High in a conversation about the foundational technology strategy that he has helped set up to foster greater enterprise growth. He explains what it’s like to run IT within a tech-centric organization and how the company’s Databricks-on-Databricks customer zero program helps to develop better product offerings for customers. Naveen provides insight into his perspective on generative AI, the value it poses to executives, and the necessity of creating a sound data strategy in order to fuel AI. Finally, Naveen shares learnings from across his career, the keys to his success, and the trends that are on his radar for the future.

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"There used to be a stat 80% of AI projects would fail. In my experience, the failure can be traced back to not having holistic strategy."

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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