episode 677

Innovation Ecosystems as a Source of Growth with Teddy Bekele and Ryan Snyder

Teddy Bekele is the SVP & Chief Technology Officer of Land O'Lakes, a $16 billion revenue, farmer-owned cooperative. Teddy owns the traditional IT domain while also running an R&D function exploring avenues for innovation in the agriculture supply chain. Finally, he's also an advocate for the farming community serving on the Minnesota governor's broadband task force, the American Connection Project. Ryan Fisher is the SVP & Chief Information Officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, a $40 billion revenue supplier of scientific instrumentation, reagents and consumables, and software services. Ryan has been in-role for nearly 3 and a half years after having previously served as Vice President of IT at the company. Prior to Thermo Fisher, Ryan has served in a number of IT roles at General Electric and most recently Life Technologies where he was Senior Director of eBusiness Operations. July 04, 2022

677: Teddy and Ryan discuss how innovation ecosystems act as a source of growth for their respective companies. Teddy describes what Land O’Lakes’s innovation ecosystem looks like, IT’s role within it, and how those ecosystems interact. Ryan then talks about how he connects the dots across the business and influences innovation and why he believes single-instance tech applications are the right move for Thermo Fisher instead of firm-wide consolidation. Finally, Teddy and Ryan speak about how they interact with C-suite peers to work with these ecosystems and drive broader innovation across the company.

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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

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