2013 review

Top 10 CIO interviews of 2013

Computer Weekly staff

The top IT leaders in the UK talked to Computer Weekly throughout 2013 to share their opinions and experiences of modern technology leadership and transforming business and government through IT innovation. 

Their views are valuable not only for fellow chief information officers (CIOs), but also any aspiring IT professional looking to develop their career opportunities.

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Here are Computer Weekly's top 10 CIO interviews of the year.

Government CTO Liam Maxwell

Government chief technology officer Liam Maxwell has driven Whitehall’s IT agenda for years, previously as deputy government CIO and director of ICT futures.

Darrell Stein, Marks & Spencer

The role of technology is changing at Marks & Spencer (M&S) – and changing the company itself as a result.

Paolo Cinelli, Ikea

Beginning as a bricks and mortar store in the 1950s, Ikea is now the world’s largest furniture retailer with a turnover of €27bn. The retailer’s priority today is to get closer to its customer through a multi-channel approach using digital and traditional methods.

Michael Ibbitson, Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is predicting huge savings as it stops providing employees with BlackBerry devices, and instead encourages staff to use their own smartphones and tablets.

James Thomas, University College London Hospital

James Thomas, director of ICT at UCLH, has been driving his organisation towards embracing mobile and, in the past four years, has seen some great results.

Angela Morrison, Direct Line

Migrating IT away from former parent company Royal Bank of Scotland is the main priority for Angela Morrison, CIO at Direct Line Insurance

John Finch, Bank of England

The decisions taken by the financial and economic wizards whose jobs involve keeping the UK economy on track are underpinned by data and analytics from the Bank of England.

Andy Williams, Save the Children

A new IT strategy is about to be implemented at Save the Children, one of the world’s largest children’s rights charities, focusing on mobile technologies, cloud and advanced data analytics.

Graeme Hackland, Lotus F1 Team

Graeme Hackland, CIO of Lotus F1, has worked for the race car team for 16 years. He has seen major changes in IT both on and off the track.

Bob Harris, Channel 4

Bob Harris, chief technology officer (CTO) at UK broadcaster Channel 4, is not sure how big his big data volumes will grow, but one thing he knows is: “Like most companies, when considering this we arrive at a number with lots of zeros.”


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