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Driving for digital workplace success – with Williams Formula 1

Driving for digital workplace success – with Williams Formula 1

“Our first focus as part of the Williams Formula 1 digital workplace was how can we make people’s lives easier, how can we make it that they can work anywhere, but still with that security and intellectual property in mind.”

– Graeme Hackland, Williams Group Chief Information Officer
When you think of Formula 1, the digital workplace isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. However, for Williams, the digital workplace plays an important part in reaching the team’s shared goal: continually improving the performance of their F1 cars.

Three years into a five-year digital and IT transformation programme, Graeme Hackland, CIO, tells us about their journey to date, the challenges facing Williams and how the digital workplace has helped them to move forward.

We hear too about another rapidly developing part of the Williams business that Graeme’s role also supports: Advanced Engineering, which focuses on transferring its Formula 1 knowledge and achievements into everyday applications, such as medical science, electric vehicles and defence.

Follow the conversation as Graeme reveals insights into his team’s work and explains why Williams is more like other businesses than you might at first think – they just operate at a slightly faster pace!

Show notes, links and resources for this episode:
Williams
Setting up a user experience programme: The path to a user-centred digital workplace


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Graeme K Hackland FBCS CITP, Williams Group Chief Information Officer

Joining the Williams Group in January 2014, this is Graeme’s 20th season in Formula 1. He serves on the company’s Executive Committee and leads the IT Risk Committee. Williams brought Graeme on board to drive its digital and information technology transformation programme.

In an acknowledgement of the work of the men and women of Williams, as well as its dedicated sponsors and technical partners, Graeme was listed in Computing UK’s Top 100 CIOs, in both 2016 and 2017, and in the CIO 100 list in 2017.

Graeme is a Fellow of BCS, a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society and holds a National Diploma in Electronic Engineering (LC) from Natal Technikon, South Africa. Outside of work, Graeme is a husband, father and ultra-marathon runner.

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