Tim Berners Lee

Now before you read any more of this then please accept that I am a Tim Berners Lee fan boy for so many reasons. The obvious being his knowledge and achievements but also how he conducts himself, his thought process now, how he manages himself on stage and his outlook of the future. Also consider… Read More

Digital First Leaders

“Be Present” Rich: You don’t know if you are a great boss, but you really want to be! You try to be informed, aware, charismatic and fair, and you lead your team with confidence, but how can you tell, how can you know that its working for your colleagues and friends? Your team still doesn’t… Read More

2021 A year in review

Its that time of year again, one that I look forward to every year, its review of the year time. This is nine years of doing this, so much has changed in life, in the world, in what I do and what I love the most, so here goes, here’s to 2021. Diving into this… Read More

The Paradox of Great Talent

We see the battle for talent globally and it’s no different for Grant Ecker, Chief Architect at WBA and Rich Corbridge, CIO at Boots who both acknowledge the criticality of building strong teams and the paradox that exists in finding, developing and retaining top talent. If you’ve recruited the best talent in the market, these individuals won’t stay stationary in… Read More

Boots and BCS – Professionalisation of IT.

Every CIO is striving for the professionalisation of IT in some way or another.  In some cases, CIOs are doing it to make recruitment and retention easier; in other cases, it’s to position IT in the best possible way within their organisation. Elsewhere, it’s because CIOs believe it is quite simply the right thing to… Read More

The Puzzle of Digital Leadership Styles

Rich Corbridge, CIO, Boots and Grant Ecker, Chief Architect, WBA discuss the skills needed to solve “the IT puzzle” Solving the puzzles of IT leadership In a recent Boots UK IT huddle between Grant Ecker, Chief Architect at WBA and Rich Corbridge, CIO at Boots there was a conversation about how each part of the Global IT function at… Read More

Remembering Colleagues from the year gone by…

So many people have been or are currently affected by the devastating impact of COVID-19.  People have lost loved ones, family, friends and colleagues over the last 12 months and it has been devastating. In February of this year we lost a colleague to Covid-19, a colleague who inspired so many people with her way… Read More

Supporting, Leading, and Developing as Pandemic-Joining Leaders.

Grant and Rich work together to drive towards the future of technology for Boots and WBA, and they have done so for more than six months now. Given that they have only seen pandemic times since assuming their roles, it has provided the entire context for each of them.    In pre-Covid times it’s clear they… Read More

Transformation of all kinds…..

Digital transformation takes on many forms, often it has a focus on removing something old, clunky, unsafe or simply expensive as a goal. In my time as a CIO I have tried to remove tractor printers from Ireland, the fax machine from the NHS and now the carousel from Pharmacy stores. It was amazing today… Read More

Boots IT & Architecture Partnership

What do Rich Corbridge, CIO of Boots in the UK and Ireland and Grant Ecker, Chief Architect at WBA have in common? The Boots IT CIO stretching to think like an Architect? A Chief Architect stretching to think like a CIO? Sure, we could start there… but the roots are quite a bit deeper. Grant – It… Read More

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