Rupert Murdoch owned newspaper publisher News International has been in the headlines consistently in the last 12 months as a result of the phone hacking scandal and subsequent closure of the News of the World tabloid. Renamed NI Group in May 2011 the company is the UK publishing arm of Australian Murdoch’s News Corporation empire that includes newspapers in the US and the antipodes. NI Group publishes the Times, Sunday Times and Sun newspapers from its Wapping base in Tower Hamlets, East London. NI has printing presses in Broxbourne, Knowsley and Lanarkshire. It is one of the few newspaper groups to commit to a subscription model for its online content, with limited success.
IT Leader: Paul Cheesbrough, CIO
In role since: September 2010-Present
Reporting line: CEO
Board level seat: Yes
IT budget: >£80m p.a
IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 5000 seat estate
Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: 100 per cent
IT staff currently employed: 250 permanent, 250 contractors
Split between in-house/outsourced staff: 50-50
IT management team and reporting structure: Digital Director, Enterprise Director, Delivery Director
Primary technology platforms at the organisation: Google Apps
Primary technology suppliers: Salesforce, Amazon, Vodafone, Verizon, Google, SAP.
Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months: Salesforce
Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: Social Enterprise, and Big Data initiatives.
Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: Cloud and Big Data
How do you see technology transforming your organisation in the near future? New ways of working, mobile workforce, cost reduction, new revenue enablement