Now that the economy is recovering, how do large enterprises in this new, noisy era actually find out about and buy emerging technologies? What is their process for evaluating them? And what strategies do they recommend to approach the enterprise?
Get the inside scoop from our panel of enterprise CIOs who will share secrets -- and stories -- of how they work with innovative companies.
Panelists include: Ralph Loura, Chief Information Officer, The Clorox Company; John Murray, Chief information Officer, Genworth Financial Wealth Management, Inc.; and Sheldon Wang, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, eHealth Inc.
Dick Daniels joined Kaiser Permanente's Information Technology organization as Senior Vice President and Business Information Officer (BIO) of Health Plan and Hospital Operations in May 2008. He is accountable for developing the strategy and ensuring the delivery of innovative, leading-edge capabilities that drive KP's technology agenda, in partnership with, and supporting all business areas. He leads a diverse team that includes the Regional Business Information Officer (BIO) teams for National Facilities and Pharmacy, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management & Innovation, Consulting & Analytics and IT Compliance. He is accountable for the strategic alignment across regional and national IT initiatives and the regional implementation of all national IT projects.
Daniels has more than 30 years of IT experience. Before joining KP, he was senior vice president and divisional CIO for Capital One. In that role, he was responsible for IT and operations for auto finance. Prior to that, Daniels was the global production services executive, responsible for maintenance and support for all investor services business applications at JPMorgan Chase. He holds a bachelor's of applied arts and sciences degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). In 2007, Computerworld honored him as one of the nation's Premier 100 IT Leaders.
Ralph Loura is CIO of The Clorox Company, a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, where he is responsible for the company's worldwide use of information technology. In this role, Loura leads Clorox's information technology organization and directs the company's strategic technology initiatives in support of Clorox's goal of making everyday life better, every day.
Prior to joining Clorox, Loura was SVP, IT at Medicis, the leading independent specialty pharmaceutical company in the U.S. focused primarily on the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions. While there, he was instrumental in transforming the IT organization from a purely service based technical support function into a strong business partner driving value through a myriad of methods including; a successful deployment of the company's first enterprise class ERP system, (implementing SAP across Finance, Purchasing, Supply-Chain and HR functions), performing vital systems infrastructure improvements, and a series of process improvements designed to enable Medicis' IT organization to transform its core operations into a strategic competitive advantage for the company.
Chief information Officer, Genworth Financial Wealth Management, Inc.
As Chief Information Officer of Genworth Financial Wealth Management, John Murray is responsible for ensuring that GFWM delivers an industry-leading technology platform to independent financial advisors. He assumed the CIO role in 2008 after working extensively with the firm as head of his own technology consulting business. Murray started his career as an investment-banker in New York and San Francisco and subsequently founded and led a series of global software and technology services businesses. He is very active in his community serving on a number of non-profit boards and state and local commissions, primarily focused on parks and youth-development.
Murray received a Bachelor of Science from the USC Marshall School of Business and a MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Dr. Sheldon Wang has served as eHealth Inc.'s Executive Vice President of Technology since May 2007 and as Chief Technology Officer since August 1999. In these roles, Dr. Wang oversees the engineering, product management, product marketing, quality assurance, information technology and carrier technology services functions of the company. Dr. Wang also has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eHealth China since October 2003 and oversees the company's operations in China. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President of Technology, Dr. Wang served as the company's Senior Vice President since August 1999.
Prior to joining eHealth, Dr. Wang was the Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Eclipsys Corporation, a provider of integrated healthcare enterprise information-technology solutions. Before joining Eclipsys, Dr. Wang was the Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Operating Officer of HealthVision (acquired by Eclipsys). Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in medical informatics from the University of Utah, an M.S. degree in physics from Idaho State University and a B.S. degree in physics from the Fuzhou University of China.