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Institute of Directors appoints CTO to oversee new portal

David Brown
The Institute of Directors (IoD) is to launch a business portal and has appointed its first chief technical officer to oversee the project.

David Brown

Unisys, one of three companies to pitch for the contract, is providing system development skills for the project. It is also supporting all applications for the portal, which is due to launch next month.

The portal is based on Intershop's Enfinity e-business solution and uses Microsoft NT servers with Oracle databases, with a front-end based on Javascript. Iod.com will initially provide access to information and library services, online refresher training courses and membership applications.

The implementation is being overseen by Atul Hindocha, the institute's recently appointed chief technology officer. Hindocha was initially brought in as a consultant to manage the work by Unisys.

"The portal enables our members, particularly those based abroad, to communicate with the IoD. The whole infrastructure has changed completely to allow us to operate on a live e-commerce basis as the site develops." Hindocha explained.

"The IoD was cautious about the site because of the volatility of the market, but we believe we have the right level of products for the market and have been sensible with the offer."

Hindocha was previously chief technology officer of United News and Media's Visual Communications Group. He has also been business systems manager at Sigma and head of IT at fashion retailer Monsoon.


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