UKtech50: Peter Blower, ITʼs the human connection!

Computer Weekly hosted an event at the Science Museum in London to coincide with the announcement of the UKtech50 list of the most influential people in UK IT. We invited top IT leaders to share their great ideas for how to innovate with IT, influence the role of technology in their organisation, and inspire their peers. This video is one of a series of the speakers talking to the audience of IT leaders.

As technology became ubiquitous in our lives, coffee chain Starbucks created a “third place” between home and office, where people can connect with each other. With the emergence of digital media channels, Starbucks has been a leader in extending the connection with customers beyond the walls of its stores. Today, the mantra for the business has been to use technology to deepen these relationships and further extend the in-store experience. In this presentation, Peter Blower will explain how Starbucks has used IT to get closer to its customers and solve problems — rather than deploying technology for the sake of it.

Peter Blower – EMEA Senior IT manager, Starbucks Coffee Company
In his current role at Starbucks, Peter Blower acts as a business relationship manager. He works with leadership teams to develop the overall strategy and also manages a results-focused team to the deliver projects and programmes within the EMEA region. Peter has held numerous roles at Starbucks over the last nine years. He started out working for the UK business and now leads the technology services team across major European markets.

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