Teamwork and Technology Under Pressure


Posted on: August 14, 2012 by Guy Lidbetter

The core IT infrastructure for any Olympic Games is a teamwork and effort and London 2012 has been no exception. The IT forms the backbone of the games, underpinned by 9 international technology partners working in unison.

CIOs in any sector might consider the challenges of managing 9 separate major IT contracts through a prime integrator with no direct contracting relationship with any of the others. Yet this is what has been happening and the key to success is establishing a truly common goal. This has all taken place behind the scenes with Atos as the IT integrator for the IOC and LOCOG, leading the other technology partners to manage the Games IT, communications, media, sports and technology security systems.

 Teamwork and Challenge

This of course presents a formidable challenge. The complexities that such a project represents, which is operational for just 6 weeks across the Olympic and Paralympic events, are not undertaken lightly and if there is one lesson above all else that CIOs might consider, it would be to question potential suppliers delivering their own strategic IT projects … “Where have you done this before?”.

As Gerry Pennell, CIO for London 2012, said "I think the players all share the same objective. It's too visible to not take accountability - everyone shares accountability".

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About Guy Lidbetter

Chief Technology Officer, Infrastructure & Data Management. Atos Fellow and member of the Scientific Community
With over 30 years of experience in the IT services industry, as CTO for Atos Infrastructure & Data Management, Guy is responsible for setting Technical and Innovation Strategy across the IT infrastructure stack in both cloud and non-cloud delivery models. He is also responsible for senior level relationships with technology leaders of strategic partners. Previously, he has held numerous technical and management positions in Sema Group, SchlumbergerSema and Atos Origin. In 2017 Guy was appointed an Atos Fellow and is also a founder member of the Atos Scientific Community, most recently sitting on the Editorial Board for the latest Ascent magazine, “Imagining our Quantum Future’.  He has a passion for sport, particularly Chelsea Football Club, baseball’s Atlanta Braves, rugby union and cricket. He also walks, cycles and more leisurely pursuits include photography, reading, music and attempting cryptic crosswords with varying degrees of success.

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