Fife unitary authority was created in 1966 from the district councils of Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and North East Fife; Dunfermline, Kirkclady and Glenrothes form the largest communities in the region. Fife is Scotland's second-largest local authority by population and includes the famous University and golf town of St Andrews.

IT Leader: Charlie Anderson, Head of ICT

In role since: 2006

Reporting line: Reports to the Executive Director, Corporate Services

Board level seat: No

IT budget: £15m IT budget, £6m capital/project, equates to around 2.4 per cent of revenue

IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 11,000 user accounts

Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: 60 per cent

IT staff currently employed: 230

Split between in-house/outsourced staff: All in-house

IT management team and reporting structure: Seven direct reports covering: Supply/Demand, Technical Design, Applications Management, IT Service Improvement, Customer Support Services, Datacentre Services and IT Business Services

Primary technology platforms at the organisation: CRM, Payroll/Financials, Social Care

Primary main technology suppliers: Cisco, Microsoft, Novell, Northgate, CAT echnology, Oracle

Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months: Microsoft Enterprise Agreement signed in June 2011

Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: Strategy looks towards 2014 and is moving away from focusing on the IT needs of Fife Council and more towards the IT needs of the community of Fife. Cloud computing services will form part of future IT strategies

Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: Virtualisation, Cloud, Collaboration, EDRMS, Web Services/SOA

Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation: Technology will be essential to driving efficiencies in a reducing workforce levels. Reducing IT complexity is key to developing the necessary agility to respond to significant challenges in the public sector and open up opportunities for greater sharing of systems and information between the Council and partner agencies