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1. Liam Maxwell, chief technology officer, HM Government

Liam Maxwell is leading the reform of how technology is purchased, implemented and managed within central government. As such, he has direct influence over much of the billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money spent on Whitehall IT. He is promoting greater use of open standards, open source and cloud computing, using smaller IT contracts and more SME suppliers – attempting to break the stranglehold of the oligopoly of large companies that have dominated government IT. His influence therefore extends beyond the public sector, as his reforms shake up the IT supply industry, opening up new opportunities for smaller providers and changes in approach from the technology giants.

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