Episode #10: Kevin Cooney, Global CIO of Xilinx

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Cloud Adoption, Innovation, and the Demise of the Datacentre

For Episode #10 of the One Zero One podcast, Ken MacMahon, Head of Technology and Innovation from Version 1 spoke to Kevin Cooney, the Global Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice-President of multinational technology corporation Xilinx.

In this episode of One Zero One, Kevin Cooney shares valuable insights and advice based on his highly successful career as the CIO of a rapidly-paced innovative technology company. Xilinx is the global leader in All Programmable semiconductor technologies, employing 4,000 people worldwide. The company’s All Programmable products and related software are enabling smart, connected, and differentiated applications driven by 5G Wireless, Embedded Vision, Industrial IoT, and Cloud Computing.

With the level of inventiveness and innovation required to lead in a global technology company of this scale, Kevin has many practical ‘lessons learned’ and pragmatic words of advice for technology leaders, particularly around Cloud Adoption and Innovation.

In the case of Cloud particularly, Kevin had some valuable advice regarding the huge impact Cloud adoption (and its associated recurring spend) has had on the budgeting process for modern CIOs, the reality of trying to get an on-premise application with innovative functionality today, and why technology leaders should be getting ahead of these issues now.

Listen or download this episode to hear this exclusive podcast with Kevin Cooney, who offered the One Zero One podcast a very candid interview based on his successful career as the Global Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Xilinx.

The key to Innovation is that you can't just tell people to go and innovate, it just doesn't work like that. You have to create the space and opportunity to allow people to fail. So what we've done is created a process that allows small teams to self-create and self-generate, getting to play with different tools such as Facial Recognition, Biometrics, RPA, Blockchain, Machine Learning, and AI to see if there are ways that they can deploy those in productive environments.
- Kevin Cooney, Global CIO and Senior VP, Xilinx

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