Cloud modernisation projects have been accelerating at breakneck speed, driven by customer and employee demand for seamless, integrated services that ‘just work’. And IT leaders have stepped up to the challenge, deploying new solutions rapidly because the technology is available to make it happen.  

Good news – the front-end is looking good to your customers and those you serve. New services are up and running in the cloud and it all appears to be under control. However, when you consider the long-term management of your new environment, it’s likely that you have a new world of complexity that needs to be managed.

73% of the UK’s business leaders recently told Fujitsu that cloud technology has indeed increased complexity, and 75% are concerned that the increasing volume and variety of cloud platforms will be impossible to manage long-term.

Faced with a global skills shortage, 64% of leaders can’t get the right talent to progress their transformation plans, and 57% are concerned that they won’t have the skills to fulfil their tech vision for the future.

No surprise, then, that 83% believe they will rely increasingly on tech companies to keep them relevant. But even that is more complex than ever – with ecosystems now made up of multiple hyperscalers, systems integrators and niche players, IT leaders thinking about their long-term position will be weighing up the best options for maintaining pace and agility whilst establishing clarity and accountability.

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Meet our panel:

Jason Daniels

Chief Digital Officer, Digital, Data & Cloud, Fujitsu

As an innovator, entrepreneur and Chief Digital Officer, Jason has enabled and disrupted some of the world’s largest enterprise IT providers during his 25-year career. With a passion for driving impactful innovation, Jason creates high-performing, agile teams which accelerate next-generation technology solutions for the good of business, customers, and society. Jason’s deep and diverse expertise across leading-edge digital, data and cloud services has resulted in his accreditation as a Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer and industry thought leader.

Tony Mather

Chief Information Officer (CIO), Executive Director Security & Transformation, AWE

Tony is responsible for Atomic Weapons Establishment’s (AWE) sizeable technology change portfolio, focused on modernising and bringing new capability to create a digitally transformed working environment. Tony is also accountable for all aspects of security at AWE; physical, personnel and cyber security.

Prior to joining AWE, Tony was the Business Transformation Director at the Musgrave Group, CIO of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and prior to that held roles with brands including Friends Provident, Clear Channel International, British Airways, PepsiCo and Safeway Stores.

Martin Jones

Associate Director, Fruition Consulting

Martin Jones is a Director at Fruition IT.  With 16 years IT recruitment experience, Martin has extensive knowledge of the technology skills market, and experience supporting the hiring needs of a wide spectrum of both end user and consultancy organisations throughout the UK.

Martin has spent many years recruiting for ‘hot’ tech skills, and will share his experiences of the current market, both from a vendor and in-house perspective, and will share some key data points that will bring to life the challenges of recruiting, upskilling and retaining cloud-related skills for the future.

Emer McNally

Global Head of Transformation & Digital Adoption, National Grid

Emer is a senior IT professional with over 25 years experience. Before joining National Grid in September 2020 as UK CIO, Emer worked with several major international companies including Procter & Gamble, Rio Tinto, McDonald’s and Meggitt. Emer has led a number of ground-breaking projects including the introduction of digital self-ordering kiosks in McDonald’s and enabling faster, more frequent customer connections to the Grid.

As UK Chief Information Officer (CIO) at National Grid, Emer had accountability for technology strategy, delivery of information systems and services, digital security and technology risk. As part of a new operating framework, Emer led the new Transformation and Digital Adoption Office focusing on ensuring the successful transformation of large, complex programs, using digital technologies to transform the way we work. In addition, Emer led the IT integration of WPD, one of the UK’s largest electricity distribution companies, into National Grid.

Emer sees tremendous opportunities for digitisation to enable the transformation of the energy sector for a cleaner, fairer and more affordable future.