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Alan W. Brown

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Alan has been delivering impact as an entrepreneur and in business for over 30 years, working predominantly in software delivery to power business transformation. He is also a university professor, researcher, coach and trusted adviser to start-ups and established organizations across the public and private sector. He has written several books on enterprise software delivery and digital transformation, and holds a Professorship in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter, UK and a Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK National institute for data science and AI.
He spent almost 2 decades in the USA in commercial high-tech companies leading R&D teams, building leading-edge solutions, and driving innovation in software product delivery. He then spent 5 years in Madrid leading enterprise strategy as European CTO for IBM’s Software group. More recently Alan co-founded the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) at the University of Surrey where he led research initiatives in 4 EPSRC-funded research projects.In March 2021, Alan was appointed as Director of a new £11M UK National Research Centre investigating digital transformation in Large Established Organizations (LEOs). The DIGIT Lab will work with several universities and business partners to drive impact and deliver new research insights into accelerating digital innovation in LEOs.
The impact of Alan’s work is seen in his consulting activities where he advises several startups, and works with clients in the public and private sector including the UK National Audit Office, Centrica, SAP, Siemens, McLaren, and several UK Government agencies. He has published 5 books and numerous papers on software engineering, systems design, and digital business transformation. He was also named in the apolitical.co 2018 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government. In March 2019 Alan received a Fellowship from the Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for AI and data science.Alan’s latest book, published in December 2019, is “Delivering Digital Transformation: A manager’s guide to the digital revolution”.