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IT Visionaries


May 7, 2020

When you spend more than 20 years at a company, you get to see all the ways things change over the years. You may even play a part in revolutionizing a company and sometimes an entire industry. That was the experience Norm Fjeldheim had while he was working at Qualcomm, and today he’s helping to bring about a new kind of revolution. Currently, Norm is the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Head of Global Facilities at Illumina, a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. Companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com rely on Illumina to do DNA sequencing, and scientists and doctors all over are using Illumina technology in game-changing research. Norm explains how all of this is happening and what it means to be working on such important technology on this episode of IT Visionaries. 

Key Takeaways:

  • You don’t realize how revolutionary the work you are doing is until you look back on it years later
  • When you diversify the work you do and the people you work with, you build your own knowledge and create a beneficial relationship between your company, your customers, partners and peers
  • In order to enable important, potentially life-changing work in the medical field, building trust in the software and ensuring privacy is a key job

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