CW500 Club in 2012

Computer Weekly's CW500 Club attracts the top IT leaders in the UK to talk to their peers about the topical challenges they face

Computer Weekly's CW500 Club attracts the top IT leaders in the UK to talk to their peers about the topical challenges they face.

Here, we present the coverage of all 10 of our 2012 CW500 events, including articles and video, as well as the full coverage of our popular UKtech50 and women in IT events.

January: The IT trends for 2012

Battening down the hatches is a sure route to failure in the recession, CIOs and senior IT leaders heard in January.

CW500 video: Albert Ellis of Harvey Nash talks about career development

CW500 video: Marc Dowd of Forrester talks about the key technology trends for the year

CW500 video: Tom McEwan of PA Consulting on the economic environment for 2012

February: All you need to know about Big Data

Organisations risk pushing ahead with big data projects without a clear understanding of what they will deliver, CIOs at Computer Weekly’s CW500 Club heard.

CW500 video: Hannelie Gilmour on meeting the challenge of big data

CW500 video: Harvey Lewis on the challenges of tackling big data

CW500 video: Mike Ferguson on big data

March: Transforming IT at HM Revenue & Customs

Phil Pavitt, HM Revenue & Customs CIO, revealed the secrets behind running the UK's largest IT estate to CW500 Club members.

CW500 video: HMRC CIO Phil Pavitt, on IT transformation

April: Managing social media

The rapper, record producer and Dr Who cameo performer, Mike Skinner, has another unlikely claim to fame. Just over three years ago Skinner sent a short message to 20,000 followers on Twitter, complaining about BT’s newly launched BTVision internet television service. When he read the comment, Warren Buckley, managing director for customer services, realised BT could no longer afford to ignore social media like Twitter.

CW500 video: Warren Buckley of BT Retail on BTCare

CW500 video: Dave Britton Met Office - Social media 'When it Matters'

May: Datacentre transformation

Colin Rees, IT director at Domino's Pizza, and Josko Grljevic, IS director of, reveal how transforming their IT departments transformed their businesses.

Video: Josko Grljevic, IS director at on datacentre management

Video: Colin Rees, IT director at Domino’s Pizza on datacentre transformation

June: The future of software development

Using agile development methodologies can speed software development and reduce the likelihood of errors, IT leaders heard at the CW500 Club.

CW500 video: Gus Power, CTO, Energized Work on the future of software development

CW500 video: Dave Heath, head of software engineering at

CW500 video: Jagdeep Singh, head of software development, the Financial Times

July: Managing IT transformation at the BBC

BBC CTO John Linwood told Computer Weekly’s CW500 Club about the “terrifying” challenge of providing live coverage of all events at the Olympics.

CW500 video: BBC CTO John Linwood on broadcasting the Olympics

September: The boardroom view of IT

CIOs are winners – the Mo Farahs, Jessica Ennises and Usain Bolts of the business world. Right? Sadly, for many company boards, CIOs are indeed successful, but hardly well-recognised in their own organisations.

CW500 video: BCS' Jim Norton - IT in the boardroom

CW500 video: Mitchells & Butlers' COO Robin Young - IT in the boardroom

October: Managing a mobile workforce

In this CW500 Club event, our IT leadership speakers discussed the requirements and pitfalls of managing a mobile workforce.

CW500: Managing the mobile workforce (part 1)

CW500: Managing the mobile workforce (part 2)

CW500 video: Richard Edwards, Ovum

CW500 video: Chris Hewertson, Colt

CW500 video: Glenn Morgan, British Airways

November: Best practice in cloud migration

In this CW500 Club event, IT leaders share their practical experiences of moving to the cloud and discuss the best practice in cloud migrations.

CW500: Inside the government's CloudStore

CW500: The legal risks of migrating to the cloud

CW 500 video: Spencer Izard, research manager, IDC, on cloud computing

CW500 video: Alistair Maughan, Partner, Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Other events:

UKtech50 – the most influential people in UK IT

Computer Weekly announced the third UKtech50, our annual definitive list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT - the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the role of technology in the UK economy.

The 25 most influential women in UK IT

Computer Weekly held an event to address the issue of attracting more females to the technology sector, inviting some of the most influential women in IT to share their views and personal experiences, and announced the results of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in UK IT Awards.

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