Technology is At the Heart of Everything
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Technology is At the Heart of Everything

By Chris Johns, CIO, PNC Asset Management Group and PNC Investments

Chris Johns, CIO, PNC Asset Management Group and PNC Investments

Advancements in Data and Internet of Things

The advancements in data–analytics, machine learning–are transforming our ability to understand our clients’ needs and respond in a timely manner. As a result, we are able to be more responsive and provide the services and assistance necessary to deliver an exceptional experience for that client. Combining the advancements in data and internet of things (which allows us to be connected anytime, anywhere from any device) provides us with a deeper understanding of our clients and an ability to interact with them based on their preferences.

"Technology is at the heart of everything, from how we communicate to our expectations around ease and convenience"

‘Technology’-The Life-blood

Technology is at the heart of everything, from how we communicate to our expectations around ease and convenience. With advancements in mobility, social and IoT, it’s possible to be connected all the time. As a working mother, technology is instrumental in my ability to integrate work and life–it allows me to stay connected from anywhere and easily shift between the activities—from preparing a presentation to coordinating soccer carpool.

Creative Thinking towards Business Challenges

To be successful in the new enterprise landscape, technology leaders need to be balanced and customer focused— they need to be able to drive results and manage costs while thinking creatively and applying a strategic focus to business problems. They need to be comfortable with change and effective in leading change throughout the organization. In addition, technology leaders need to be strong risk managers– able to effectively asses and manage risk every day. Most important, technology leaders need to be strong coaches– developing future leaders with all of the skills needed for continued success.

Leveraging Agile Processes

At PNC, Agile has driven significant changes in the IT operating model. The shift to an agile methodology has strengthened the alignment between business and technology, created new roles (such as a Scrum Master) and empowered teams to make decisions. By using Agile processes, teams are able to deliver work faster with improved quality and higher employee engagement.

There has also been a change in how we align resources within our technology teams to ensure an appropriate focus on Run (the healthy performance and operation of our production systems) as well as Change (the introduction of new capabilities). This ensures that there is a core competency in both disciplines and that they work together effectively to deliver our holistic IT services to the business.

Focus on Minimal Viable Product

Agile certainly plays a key role in delivering faster by focusing teams on a minimal viable product and delivering value incrementally. In addition to adopting a more agile methodology, technology enablement across all aspects of the software development life cycle is also enabling faster delivery. Providing the development team with enhanced tools and processes, such as continuous integration, continuous delivery, test automation, that support their ability to code, build, test, package and release allows a more streamlined (and faster) progression through the SDLC.

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