Doug Drinkwater

Doug Drinkwater

UK Editor

Doug Drinkwater is an experienced technology and security journalist, whose work has appeared on CIO, CSO, InfoWorld, Internet Business Times, Macworld, Mashable, PCWorld, SC Magazine and The Week, among other publications. He is the CIO UK editor at IDG.

Articles by Doug Drinkwater

DCMS digital strategy bids to boost UK tech economy, close skills gap
News Analysis

DCMS digital strategy bids to boost UK tech economy, close skills gap

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has released the long-awaited digital strategy, designed to attract foreign investors, close the skills gap, advance technological progress in AI and quantum computing, and give a shot in the arm to the UK economy.
June 17, 2022
UK’s new digital strategy promises change – will it deliver?
News Analysis

UK’s new digital strategy promises change – will it deliver?

A new government digital strategy promises to deliver better citizen experiences, improved accessibility, shared data between central departments, and to upskill civil servants. But haven’t we heard this all before?
June 14, 2022
Pets at Home’s CIO unleashes IT on customer experience
Interview

Pets at Home’s CIO unleashes IT on customer experience

A boom in pet ownership and a growing multi-disciplinary business is pushing Pets at Home CIO William Hewish to co-create IT solutions with store colleagues, blur the boundaries between physical and digital for better customer experience, and invest in technology like never before.
May 19, 2022
Redefining the CIO role post-pandemic
Feature

Redefining the CIO role post-pandemic

A tumultuous two years have shifted expectations of what IT could and should deliver. Today, CIOs are taking stock and redrawing the boundaries around their role and responsibilities.
May 11, 2022
UK’s DDaT procurement playbook draws mixed reviews from CIOs
News Analysis

UK’s DDaT procurement playbook draws mixed reviews from CIOs

The UK government’s digital, data, and technology playbook (DDaT) provides new guidance on how central government should source and contract with suppliers for digital projects and programmes. But will it be followed?
April 18, 2022
Southampton FC’s IT director changes formation
Feature

Southampton FC’s IT director changes formation

Southampton Football Club’s renaissance is pushing IT Director James Grove to modernise IT and data capabilities, improve fan engagement, and defend the boardroom from transfer fraudsters.
April 5, 2022
FOS CIO shakes up IT department, starts cloud migration
Feature

FOS CIO shakes up IT department, starts cloud migration

The UK Financial Ombudsman Service CIO Nicola Wadham is rebranding the IT department, going ‘cloud preferred’ to improve organisational agility, and fighting for digital inclusion and diversity.
March 23, 2022
Succession planning: A CIO imperative
Feature

Succession planning: A CIO imperative

CIOs should always have half an eye on the future, especially it comes to succession planning u2014 for their own careers as well as the good of their businesses.
February 28, 2022
Twinings CIO brews connected supply chain with SAP’s RISE
News Analysis

Twinings CIO brews connected supply chain with SAP’s RISE

Twinings Ovaltine’s Global CIO Sandeep Seeripat explains how the tea brand chose SAP to build a connected supply chain which improves customer service, efficiency and cost control.
February 13, 2022
Boots CIO’s shopping basket: IT skills, experience and CEO dinners
Feature

Boots CIO’s shopping basket: IT skills, experience and CEO dinners

Professionalising IT is top of the agenda for Boots’ CIO Rich Corbridge, fresh from a year standing up digital services for customers, supporting the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and making technology a grown-up boardroom conversation.
February 1, 2022
Philip Morris’ CDIO on self-development, product IT and a smoke-free future
Feature

Philip Morris’ CDIO on self-development, product IT and a smoke-free future

Philip Morris International's Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) Michael Voegele discusses the importance of CIO self-development, aligning technology and product development for digital transformation, and his role in delivering a smoke-free future for a legacy cigarette company.n
January 18, 2022
National Highways CDIO changes lane with Digital Roads strategy
Feature

National Highways CDIO changes lane with Digital Roads strategy

Highways England’s Victoria Higgin is navigating a new Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) role, an expanded IT team and a Digital Roads strategy meant to pave the way to a future of predictive maintenance and autonomous vehicles.
December 7, 2021
UK tech spending ramps up, but CIOs face budget challenges
News Analysis

UK tech spending ramps up, but CIOs face budget challenges

UK IT spending is forecast to grow faster than other EMEA markets, owing to remote work and education, telehealth and a dependency on consultancies, but CIOs face a shift in responsibilities, according to new research from Gartner.rn
November 17, 2021
Bupa CTO goes all-in on public cloud, startups, and sustainability
Interview

Bupa CTO goes all-in on public cloud, startups, and sustainability

UK-based Diana Kennedy is crafting a global public cloud strategy with Microsoft Azure, partnering with startups, and focused on sustainability. All in the hope of building a more customer-centric healthcare organisation.
July 14, 2021
A UK university CIO’s lessons: Fix security, power WFH, negotiate budget
Feature

A UK university CIO’s lessons: Fix security, power WFH, negotiate budget

A spate of cyberattacks and security vulnerabilities gave the University of Salford CIO Mark Wantling some sleepless nights. His homework? Protect the network, pivot to home learning, accelerate digital transformation — and ask the CEO for budget flexibility.
June 6, 2021