How NTT Data Manages Big Problems and Constant Innovation

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NTT Data is a major company that works on large-scale projects every day. But CIO Barry Shurkey is constantly encouraging his team to get better and stay innovative. On this episode, he explains why he put so much trust in solution architects, and how he sees and helps companies and tech leaders adapt to the changing technology landscape.

Tune in to learn:

  • What is NTT Data? (1:10)
  • How major projects start (3:00)
  • What it takes to integrate your systems (7:00)
  • The current constraints companies are facing with hardware and software (13:50)
  • The newest problems businesses face while undergoing digital transformation (22:50)
  • The dream product we wish existed (25:50)
  • What the adoption of AI means for the tech industry (29:00)
  • How to balance your team (31:10)
  • What technology shifts can we expect in the next five to 10 years? (35:00)


About the Guest:

“Barry Shurkey has been the Chief Information Officer at NTT DATA Services since 2017. Barry is responsible for the digital transformation and optimizing the IT roadmap to support NTT DATA and its clients.

Previously, he was a senior vice president overseeing the company’s IT agreements during the acquisition of Dell Services. Prior to that, he guided TxDOT’s (Texas Department of Transportation) IT transformation.

With more than 35 years of experience in the IT services industry, Barry has also worked abroad in Australia on the largest outsourcing deal of its time. He has held leadership roles with EDS, Travelport and HP.

Barry is a passionate and active leader in our company and the community and an advocate for social equity and many diversity and inclusion initiatives.

At NTT DATA Services, Barry actively participates in several of our Employee Resource Groups. Barry often speaks in panel discussions and community events and is the Chairperson for the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (ATW) Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Inspire Dallas CIO Advisory Board, Tech Titans and Evanta Dallas CIO Governing Board. He was awarded the 2018 Corporate CIO Tech Titan award, 2019 D Magazine CIO of the Year Award, 2019 ORBIE CIO of the Year Award, Constellation’s 2020 and 2022 Business Transformation 150 (BT150) and for three years in a row, named to the D CEO Dallas 500 most powerful business leaders. Barry was also a finalist for the 2021 National Global Orbie.”

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