IBM continues to be a powerhouse in technology and the national business landscape. Globally IBM employs 426,751 people in 170 countries. From its 1911 origins in tabulating recording machines IBM now produces hardware, software, infrastructure, provides hosting and consulting services and is the second largest publically traded company in the world.

IT Leader:  Simon Meredith, IBM UK CIO

In role since:  Been with IBM for 17 years

Reporting line: Reports to director of operations and transformation

Board level seat: No

IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader:  20,000

Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: 100 per cent

Primary technology platforms at the organisation: Lotus Notes

Primary technology suppliers: Lenovo, IBM servers, AT&T

Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months: Nothing specific in the last 12 months

Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: To support the 2015 IBM road map by investing in the application of appropriate new technology and pioneering a new operating model of changing, and driving a more global model with a central set of processes. IBM has pioneered a new operating model, changing from a classic “multinational”, with smaller versions of the parent company replicated in countries around the world, to a global model with one set of processes, shared services and broadly distributed decision making. The company is now embarking on the next generation of its transformation in which new capabilities and technologies like business analytics and cloud computing will drive performance. The proven principles of the globally integrated enterprise will be applied to all of the company’s spending to continue to drive additional productivity benefits in shared services, integrated operations and end-to-end process transformation.

Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: The importance of cloud and business analytics

Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation:  The key aspect is to be a global iterated enterprise. IBM continue to practise what they preach by using their own technologies within their organisation.