A few months ago, Dell Services held a think tank in Silicon Valley at the venture firm, NEA.  We had 10 panelists representing both old school and new school organizations, both big and small: Intel, Safeway, American Cancer Society, Puppet Labs, NGINX, Stormpath, Stanford Business School, 451 Research and TechCrunch. The idea was to use this cross-section of the tech industry to really learn what was happening in IT today and where it will be tomorrow. The group discussed the challenges of the new app-centric world, leveraging the four mega trends, Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data, and the “three enablers”: Open Source, DevOps and APIs.

A series of 10 videos from the event has been grouped into three sections and will post over the next few weeks:

  • CIO and IT skills needed for success
  • Applications and software strategy
  • Cloud and Infrastructure thoughts

Today’s Topic

This week’s topic is CIO and IT skills needed for success and this first video features Jay Ferro, CIO, American Cancer Society and Barry Libenson, SVP and CIO, Safeway.

As Barry points out, the role of the CIO is completely different from how it was five years ago and the ability to be agile and nimble are no longer nice-to-haves but rather, essential for success. Additionally, as Jay states, it is imperative for the CIO of today to simplify their architecture and virtually become an app shop themselves.

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