575: In this interview, Scott discusses Wyndham’s investments in the cloud and various platforms, how the company leverages them to meet the needs of various constituent groups, and how the insights his team draws from them help drive the broader business strategy. Scott also explains the technology implications behind Wyndham’s spin-off, the acquisition of La Quinta, the pandemic, and how the company managed and changed at such a rapid pace throughout these major points in his career. Finally, we discuss what the future looks like for the hospitality industry and some of the trends he sees coming out of the pandemic.

 

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487: Ryder senior vice president and chief information officer Rajeev Ravindran discusses 

  • An overview of Ryder and Rajeev’s purview as CIO
  • The IT function’s four strategic goals
  • The company’s approach to eliminating technical debt
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, including:
    • Why Ryder was prepared for it 
    • How the company has created a sense of community throughout it
  • Rajeev’s take on a variety of rising trends, such as AI modeling, robotics, and autonomous vehicles

Among a variety of other topics.

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486: Emmet B. Keeffe III, Operating Partner at Insight Partners and founder of Insight IGNITE, discusses:

  • The three parts of Insight’s investment thesis
  • An overview of the company’s digital acceleration program, Insight IGNITE
  • The challenges of communication between IT and the rest of the business
  • How Insight Partners can save IT leaders many trips to Silicon Valley by finding tech globally
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the areas the company has invested in
  • The four types of boards that exist based on the size and maturity of those companies and the assistance each needs from its directors
  • The increased importance on creativity for humans with more AI and automation
  • Emmet’s take on IoT, the cloud, automation, 5G, and RPA

Among a variety of other topics.

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476: Unqork CEO Gary Hoberman discusses:

  • An overview of no code
  • Why Gary left the CIO rank
  • Why the metrics that gauge success or lack thereof for IT departments are flawed
  • How companies need to reward their technologists based on the value they achieve, rather than being on time and on budget
  • Why Gary believes that you can always improve a big company,
  • Advice Gary has for others looking to leave large companies and start their own
  • Some of the groundbreaking things Unqork has done with large enterprises

Among a variety of other topics.

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In this interview, Intel CIO Archana Deskus discusses, 

  • Archana’s purview as the global CIO of Intel
  • Archana’s experience coming up to speed in the role
  • Intel’s response to COVID-19
  • How COVID-19 will impact the future of work
  • How her team has been enabling the shift to remote work.
  • The company’s data-first mindset and their Corporate Data Office
  • How the company is using artificial intelligence
  • How the CIO role has evolved in Archana’s 17+ years in the post

Among a variety of other topics.

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In this interview, we discuss 

  • Atish’s career path and his experience as CIO of a technology giant
  • How the CIO role is more similar to CTO roles that he has held in the past
  • The three main functions he oversees
  • His thoughts on the two biggest ways COVID will change the business world
  • The value an executive with technology expertise can bring to a corporate board

Among a variety of other topics.

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In this interview, we discuss 

  • Vittorio’s purview as CIO
  • The three principles that are guiding the company through COVID-19
  • How COVID-19 has accelerated the company’s technology plans
  • Vittorio’s first 100 days as CIO
  • The two-pronged approach to P&G’s digital transformation
  • The importance of building and maintaining internal expertise
  • The evolution of the CIO role
  • Vittorio’s take on deep learning and machine learning

Among a variety of other topics.

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In this interview, we discuss

  • Insight from Mik’s book, Project to Product
  • The IT productivity discrepancies between digitally native organizations and legacy enterprises 
  • The economic impact of technological revolutions, 
  • The value of product orientation over project orientation
  • Why IT must measure the value they create and not simply if they deliver on time and on budget 
  • The importance and shortcomings of traditional project management
  • What legacy enterprises can learn from both startups and tech giants
  • Among other topics

In this episode, Mojgan discusses the company’s commitment to making innovation part of its DNA and the strategic pillars the company has put in place, which are focused on evolving the way the company works to drive integrated teams to push the blurring of lines between business and technology. First, the company leverages design thinking methodologies and always starts with the customer and works backward, and it has small multifunctional teams of technologists and business experts. Second, the company has developed a strategic architecture, driving modernization and simplification where appropriate. Lastly, but most importantly is talent, which the company considers its advantage multiplier.  Mojgan cites that Travelers drives new skill sets and engineering talent in a variety of ways. We also discuss Mojgan’s view on the future of women in technology, and the revolution she sees happening in that regard, how Mojgan looks at the company’s 160-year old history as a position of extreme strength, how Mojgan’s diverse career path has colored her experience at Travelers, and a variety of other topics.

460: Syngenta Group chief information and digital officer Greg Meyers asserts that we are now heading into the third wave of technology change, which he believes can help reverse some of the effects that we have seen with climate change. Agriculture is responsible for about one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and it consumes about 70 percent of the world’s freshwater supply, which is 30 percent more than we can naturally replenish. This third wave entails bringing computer and data science to the farms to try to find these breakthroughs that allow farmers to continue to increase food production as the world population grows in a way that is more regenerative, keeps more carbon in the soils, and allows us to conserve more water. We also discuss the extreme difference between different market segments that the company operates in, the talent landscape in Switzerland, the evolution of IT going from trying to get IT on the agenda of management teams to extreme excitement around the function, among other topics.