Jessie took on the role of Chief Technology Officer for the City of Vancouver after serving as the City’s first Chief Digital Officer for three years. Having led several ground-breaking digital and tech infrastructure initiatives, Jessie is now leading the City’s wider technology transformation.
Jessie will take part in the panel discussion, “IoT Adoption – Smart Communities” at the Wavefront 2017 IoT Summit. Find out more about this Smart Cities strategist and her take on IoT trends and opportunities.
What inspired you to pursue a career as a CTO?
Truth be told, I was never as motivated by the destination as much as I was by the sense of achievement I got when I successfully delivered an innovative technology project. To this end, I focused on developing a reputation for delivery – always related to technology. Tasks turned into bigger tasks, responsibilities grew, I was assigned projects, then portfolios, then products, then lines of business, corporate strategies and bigger teams. My role evolved in relationship to the mission of the day. I started as an entry level customer service rep for a satellite company, went on to testing and configuration management, then gradually project, program and product management, eventually gathering up enough experience that I was able to assist in developing large global strategies and managing global teams and direct channel lines of business. I have typically moved back and forth between IT and Business roles. The common theme of everything I have done has been technology and innovation. Without knowing it, I organically grew to the point where I had a broad enough set of experiences and skills to be a Chief Technology Officer. Many companies are navigating an era of deep technological disruption and are turning to CTO’s to help negotiate the changes they face. It’s the innovative work that keeps me inspired. Technology and how it changes society is, and always has been, one of the most fascinating topics for me to explore.
What are the leading trends in IoT for 2017?
My sense from speaking to folks in the industry is that security, privacy, business opportunities, greenfield innovation, network connectivity and data are top of mind. I think though that the most common discussion topic is what IoT means for me, my staff and my organization. How much disruption am I set to face and what do I need to do to be ready? For the entrepreneurial, the race is one to create new products and applications that leverage the latest of what AI, AR, Industrial IoT, healthcare, VR and other uses have to offer.
What is an immediate benefit of adopting IoT technologies/transitioning to a digital organization?
Because IoT relies on data and automation, an immediate benefit is the increase of data based decision making. Once an organization shifts to a more robust data architecture, the decisions can be made faster and more reliably. It’s a lot easier to be strategic when data is at your fingertips.
Hear Jessie speak on IoT Adoption in Smart Communities at the Wavefront 2017 IoT Summit.