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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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Articles posted by Guy Lidbetter

Gearing up for the Quantum Computing Paradigm Shift

The earliest computers in the 1950s and 1960s transformed how businesses and governments were run. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was decentralized into mid-range departmental computing to increase autonomy and reduce cost. The personal computer brought the same into the home in the 1980s and mobile phones and the Internet brought the world “online” in the 1990s.…

Video: Hybrid Cloud: the gateway to Digital Transformation

When it comes to digital transformation, the CIO’s priorities have changed beyond all recognition. Traditionally focused on cost control and operational efficiency, IT has now become far more fundamental to the way organizations develop and provide services to customers. It’s all about innovation and providing business value outcomes. This transition is not without its challenges, with the IT…

Will the Digital Revolution take you back to the future?

Back to the Future Day came and went on October 21st. Not quite the world that Marty McFly arrived in but was it really so far off? – OK, no hover board but take a look at the latest self-balancing scooters.  We tend to think we live in an ever more rapidly changing world but…

The Future of IT: How to Prepare for the Digital Data Center

The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is widely tipped to become a de facto part of the mainstream IT set up. It presents not only a disruptive change to the technology used to provide the IT infrastructure but there are also organisational and personnel implications. By virtualising all layers of the technology stack…

The Data Center Revolution: Becoming an Enabler for Growth

The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) will change the face of enterprise IT, offering new levels of scalability and flexibility, all at a lower price-point. For many CIOs it could well feel as though all their Christmases have come at once. Back in the day, we learned all about benefits that x86 server virtualization could bring to…

Bringing Digital Thinking to the Data Centre

Despite offering a foundation upon which organisations can be built, traditional IT departments still suffer from a perceived lack of flexibility. Its slow processes and rising costs have frequently set the CIO at odds with the business.   The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) represents a fundamental shift in the way we build infrastructure and will change the way IT…

The Software-Defined Data Center

The Software Defined Data Center is expected to transform how IT infrastructure is deployed and managed. I am delighted to share the insights of Joe Baguley, EMEA CTO for Atos global partner VMware. The Software-Defined Data Center (or SDDC) represents possibly the biggest fundamental shift in this era of IT. In the simplest terms, SDDC refers to an IT facility in which all…

How Much Testing is Enough?

Testing of IT systems can be an expensive business. Sometimes with all the software tested, you plug it all together and something breaks. It's not just the individual components but how they work together that determines successful operation. Similarly, stuff that works perfectly under a light test load can suddenly misbehave under production conditions. So how much testing is enough? From mainframe…

Is a cashless society really just around the corner?

In their recently published research Ascent Journey 2016, the Atos Scientific Community considers the massive adoption of smartphones and advancement in technology that is leading to a mobile payments revolution. 2012 saw a huge increase in global mobile payments but is a cashless society really just around the corner? Demographic trends, drivers for and against The…

Teamwork and Technology Under Pressure

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…

The home stadium coming to an armchair near you!

As the smart phone has conquered all before it, with the iPhone in the vanguard of desirable devices people want rather than necessarily need, we find ourselves in an ever more connected world.  Email is yesterday's medium and people now connect directly with each other using chat services and social networks from their phones, wherever they…

I think therefore I am – But how do I prove it?

These means of interacting electronically are now so pervasive and will only grow. Today our digital identity is becoming at least as important as the physical ones we are accustomed to, such as passports and driving licences. However, that digital identity is becoming fragmented beyond belief and with it comes risk. Every…

The times they are a changing

About nine months ago, while giving a presentation on the impact consumer technology is having, and will continue to have, on the workplace, I observed the phenomena of toddlers trying to change channels on TVs by swiping the screen. Why do they do this? Because their point of reference is an iPad and three year olds already know how an iPad…

Consumerization vs Corporate IT, Round 1

Consumerization is one of the "revolutions" of our time, along with its cousins cloud computing and big data but is the cart, in fact, in front of the horse or perhaps it's the tail that's wagging the dog.  For sure, corporate IT users want to a) access their business data whenever and wherever they may be and b) use the aesthetically…

Blogging the Blog

Vote using read more ... We are delighted that the Atos CIO Blog has been nominated in the CIO/IT Director Blog category of the Computer Weekly UK annual blog of the year awards. Of course we would love to be successful in being recognized as a provider of thought leadership and insight to our readership. if you enjoy the content we provide and feel it…

Xen and the Art of Motor Car Maintenance

What follows is a true story … Some time ago I mislaid my keys.  This was a disaster for all kinds of reasons but by far the biggest was the fact that they contained key fobs for 2 cars.  Before drawing the wrong conclusions regarding my high rolling lifestyle, one was Japanese, the other Korean and I stress…

Safety first when it's your throat being choked!

I was recently asked to advise on a client's requests as to how they might leverage the untapped storage potential held within their significant desktop and laptop PC estate. Like all good service side CTOs I immediately identified the potential flaws in the approach.  The last thing we want is to advise a client to take a path…

Cloud Computing - Utility Let Loose!

The Internet has matured from originally providing static content though dynamic content/eCommerce to Social Networking and Web 2.0 and now the emergence of providing the core IT Infrastructure for running business applications and services that historically have been provided from dedicated infrastructure within the enterprise or within the Data Centre of a hosting partner or outsourcer (deep breath). Or…