As the corporate vice president and chief information officer at Applied Materials, Jay is responsible for Global Information Services strategy, planning, operations, infrastructure, and applications development.
Applied Materials IT organization was named to Computerworld’s "100 Best Places to Work in IT" list for the third year in a row.
Employee feedback through a survey is an important part of the award application. Moreover, this award also takes a comprehensive look at benefits, compensation, work/life balance, training and career opportunities.
Our IT workforce is highly distributed and highly matrixed. Employees at all levels of the organization have the opportunity to work on and lead global teams, which could include business and IT employees or our external partners. Many of our IT employees work remotely, with dedicated always-on access to the Applied Materials voice and data network in their home.
Applied Materials invests in professional development through training and certification programs, tuition reimbursement, as well as internal mentoring, leadership development and job rotation programs. All of this helps our employees be more engaged, productive and innovative.
I’m proud of our achievement in this area and look forward to continuing to improve our employee experience.
I recently presented a keynote titled, “Leveraging Innovation to Wrap Your Arms around Big Data” as part of the Storage Networking World Spring 2011 Conference. This event brings together top information technology executives, leading product and service providers and key industry influencers for the world’s largest conference focused on managing information infrastructure.
The Need for an Infrastructure of Innovation
It’s well known that effective information technology must address the intersection of people and process to produce better outcomes and it’s no different for Applied Materials and its engineering community. This globally connected organization servicing a broad portfolio of products and services relies on rapid innovation to meet customer demands and win in today’s market. To support that mission, we are executing our roadmap for an Infrastructure of Innovation (IOI).
Yesterday I participated on a CIO panel discussion titled, “Cloud Computing… The New Normal?” As part of the Microsoft High Tech Summit 2011, this event gathers luminaries in the high tech industry to discuss the sustained business value realized from innovative IT and business solutions.
I am very pleased to share that Applied Materials was honored this week as one of the top technology innovators in America earning a spot on the 2010 InformationWeek 500 list. Making this list is a significant achievement because it identifies the nation’s most innovative users of business technology, and this is the fifth year in a row that Applied has been named on the list.
Green Information Technology (IT) is a critical part of Applied Materials’ greenhouse gas reduction efforts. What started as a modest program in 2007 has evolved into an integral part of every IT project and investment decision including data center optimization, desktop and device improvements and remote collaboration tools.