Computer Weekly has launched the second annual UKtech50, the definitive list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT - the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the creation of a high-tech economy. The UKtech50 list will be decided by a judging panel representing every area of the UK IT profession – and this year we also asked readers to vote on who they think should top the list.
The judging panel has been chosen to represent different perspectives within IT – so each individual is acting both as an impartial and expert judge, as well as an advocate for their area of interest.
In this UKtech video, judge Simon Meredith gives his views on the state of UK IT and the role of IT leaders in the UK economy.
Read the full transcript from this video below:
UKtech50: Simon Meredith on the state of UK IT
It is important that the IT increases its influence in the
economy here in the UK, because it is a major driver, in
terms of improving our efficiency. It helps us move things
forward and really drive our, the best things, the best of
our ability on the worldwide stage.
The IT leader and its influence is becoming more and more
important. They really have started to become an
integrated part of all of the businesses, and really are
core in driving those businesses forward. The majority
of all of the innovation is really linked to technology in
some way, and it is the role of the CIO within an organization,
or the technology leader, who really can make that
big difference within a company.
Recognizing the influential IT leaders, I think, helps not
only, obviously, the individual and the companies they work
for, but more importantly, it helps build that role and how
important it is in wider business in the economy, in the UK.