Arcadia is a fashion retailer comprising nine of the high street’s well-known brands, including Topshop, Topman and Dorothy Perkins.

 IT leader: Andrew Clarke, Group IT Director.

In role since: October 2006.

Reporting line: Group CEO.

How often does the CIO meet with the CEO: At least once per week often more.

Board level seat: Yes.

IT budget: £50 million revenue, £45 million capital.

IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: Around 10,000 logins to email and applications representing 22% of the workforce, however if login to tills is included more like 95%.

IT staff currently employed: 200.

Split between in-house/outsourced staff: 50:50.

IT management team and reporting structure: Five direct reports + PA;

  • Tech Services Director.
  • Head of Bhs Systems.
  • Head of Business Systems.
  • Head of Software Development and Support.
  • Head of e-Commerce Services.

Primary technology platforms at the organisation: In-house developed ERP soon to be replaced with Oracle.

Primary technology suppliers: IBM, BT, Oracle, PCMS, Microsoft, Apple.

Strategic technology deals have been struck in the last 12 months:

  • Eight-year hosting deal with PCMS.
  • Eight-year application support deal with PCMS.
  • Eight-year store maintenance deal with IBM.
  • Three-year till maintenance for Bhs with Vista.
  • Three-year software support deal with IBM.
  • Three-year e-Comm hosting deal with IBM.

Percentage of your applications/infrastructure run from the cloud: 5%.

Major technology or transformation project recently completed and how did it transform operations, customer experience or the organisation: Implementation of PCMS Beanstore POS system, offering faster transaction times with a 25% improvement, better stock control through better controlled refunds, better promotional control.

Business transformation programme – beyond technology – that the CIO owns or is a major contributor to: I can't think of many business transformation programmes that don't have a technology element.

Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operation for the next financial year: Deliver IT systems that allow business agility at a reduced cost.

Strategy in the use by employees of their own technology, use of mobiles and how social networking is impacting operations, customer experiences or the organisation: Employees can currently use their own smartphones and Arcadia will deliver corporate email to them. Aside from this we are about to launch a BYOD programme going beyond smartphones.

Technologies being considered to enable transformation: Oracle.

Transformational inspiration sources: World class retailers.