Basically, the only part of IT left in-house (at least in the
New Era, New Job
Its all about how to apply technology to get the result they want, said Schneider. How its done is a lot less important than it used to be. What is done and why, is what they focus on. Wed like to think we are doing best practices. Thats the story. We are implementing best practices on a global basis based on internal and external experience. We want to run IT to enable to the business. Our driver is to be aligned with the business and drive value.
So, what, you ask, does Schneider actually do? Well, being the CIO isn't about technology as much as making technology work. Schneider spends most of his day dealing with people, not things. He focuses on value vs. ROI. Strategy, not tactics. Results, not implementations. His job today, unlike the VF's former CIOs, is making sure IT is, to use an overworked cliché, about the business and not the technology.
"What I do different is making sure we are well connected to the business. Better connected than ever before. That absolutely is a leadership function."