Werner Baer, 2015 Honoree

Vice president of IT
PPG Industries
How have you incorporated social media into your work?
We have started the implementation of Yammer and see quite encouraging adoption of this platform across the company globally (at last count, about 3,000 users in 12 months).
How do you evaluate emerging technologies?
We have a pool of money set aside in our budget for proofs of concepts that otherwise wouldn't see the light of day. We funded a number of projects over the past two years that became real projects in our business units.
How does your IT group embed workers in the business?
We are set up as a federated IT organization where about 40% of our IT employees reside directly in a business unit with a dual reporting line to that business unit as well as IT.
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