B2B News Network spoke with Alexey Rykhva, CIO of Procter & Gamble Canada, who took over the DXAgents Twitter profile. B2BNN asked his thoughts on digital transformation, change and big data, in a Twitter Chat, in advance of BigData Toronto.
Alexey is originally from the Ukraine, and is a believer in business-centric IT, focused on strategic and competitive value. He is responsible for over 100 business services, ranging from traditional IT/Facilities to advanced analytics.
Q1: Tell us a bit about your role at P&G Canada, and how it relates to big data and analytics.
A1: I am Head of IT and Business Services at P&G Canada, and everything that encompasses, including how business delivers IT services.
Q2: What kinds of skills did you need to qualify for that role? What areas of the business do you touch?
A2: I’ve led major business transformation efforts across information technology, sales, finance, manufacturing, supply chain, and HR.
Q3: Impressive! I’m guessing knitting that all together is a big data mission. How long have you been investing in big data? Can you talk a little about the impact of big data on the business, and your role specifically?
A3: We’ve been playing with it for a while. We starting with testing in 2012, and had a formalized plan by 2014. Key focus: use cases that could be achieved without big data. We redefined the data strategy, given the new capabilities out.
Q4: Is it challenging to stay on top of a field that is contantly changing? How do you manage it?
A4: Yes. I personally spend 4-6 hours a week in learning. I also rely a lot on my team. It’s important to be comfortable with the fact you won’t know everything, and to rely on your team’s areas of expertise.
Q5: What technology available today do you think will have the biggest transformation impact on business?
A5: I doubt it’s one technology, rather a mix. If I pick 3 it would be 1) Blockchain 2) IoT and 3) Cognitive computing.
Q6: You’ve talked a little about how much time you devote to learning; what about other parts of your job? Security? Data management?
A6: If I was to guess – 20% on data management, 10% on security. The rest of my time goes to education, managing other areas, generating new use cases, insights, and innovating with the team.
Q7:What does “digital transformation” look like at P&G? How much is specific to the Canadian market?
A7: Creation of new business models, and step-changing the performance of core processes. All through the use of technology. Canada is a top market globally for P&G. We test new things in Canada, validating models, before rolling them out globally.
Q8: What do you find most exciting and most terrifying about the future of tech?
A8: The pace of change.
Q9: What’s the best part of your job?
A9: Innovation, definitely.
Q10: What’s your most interesting project at the moment? (that you can talk about!)
A10: Unfortunately, I can’t sa much of anything, so I’ll just say it touches the technologies I mentioned early.