Marc Frons, CIO of New York Times Co. since March 2012, has focused over the past year on spreading a digital culture and mindset more broadly throughout the company. “This past year has been a year of organizational innovation,” he said.
One example is having teams of software engineers integrated within the editorial and sales departments. “It's now a very collaborative culture, where we've moved from the traditional role of IT as just a service organization to where technologists, journalists and businesspeople are peers,” Frons said.
Meanwhile, the IT department has been taking “a much more iterative and agile approach” to software development, Frons said. “We're also employing more modern infrastructure technologies, such as using the cloud and virtualizing all our servers,” he said, adding that the number of developers at Times Co. has grown tenfold since he joined the company in 2006 after holding senior positions at Dow Jones & Co. and AOL Time Warner.
“We're constantly looking for ways to become more efficient, to modernize our systems and to rebalance our business so that we're bringing down our cost structure for print while we are building up digital and introducing new products,” he said.
On the new-product front, Frons said he and his team are focusing on “devising new paid products and new ideas that will enable us to reach a wider audience than we have so far."