The former CIO of this mid-size western Canadian bank knows he's got to live up to his title-major initiatives-because heaven knows he's got one on his hands. Casey's in charge of swapping out ATB Financial's core banking system, a move which touches each part of the firm, and do it so the bank doesn't skip a beat. That's sort of like changing the engine while the car's moving.
Which is why so many banks choose to get by on three decades' worth of accumulated legacy systems instead of scrapping the lot and upgrading. Operationally speaking, false moves under the hood could have very debilitating consequences. To his credit, Casey can't think of any other projects that his team is working on right now. That speaks to focus. "What we're doing will change the way the business works; change the way IT works," he says. "Decisions will be made differently." So even with the world financial system in chaos, Casey's keeping his pace, just as he does on his long-distance rides as a cyclist in the wild countryside outside Edmonton. "We're doing our best to be contained. Banks are doing a lot of soul-searching these days," he says. When problems come up, he's looking to see how solutions can come from the new SAP stack.