Steven E. Zerby, 2014 Honoree

CIO and vice president
Owens Corning
Toledo, Ohio
How do you evaluate emerging technologies?
We built an emerging technology team tasked with exploring new technologies that could provide business value for Owens Corning. These technologies are researched and then showcased in our TechnologyOne centers, both in our world headquarters and regionally. Our approach is to display some basic technologies and crowdsource the thinking around potential value. This enables us to gather new ideas from our entire employee base.
To what extent do you embed IT workers in business units?
This year, we made a strategic decision to shift our organizational structure to a federated model. Under this structure, we embed a small but nimble team of IT 'athletes' into our businesses and functions, including supply chain, project management, process and business information. This team is chartered to deliver business outcomes, not to operate IT processes. The senior leaders in our businesses have been overwhelmingly supportive of this strategy.
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