Short Bio

Alan W. Brown

Short Biography

Alan has been delivering impact as an entrepreneur and in business for over 30 years, working in start-ups and large enterprises to enable software delivery to power business transformation. He is also a university professor, researcher, coach, and trusted adviser to C-level executives in 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 is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK National institute for data science and AI.
Currently, Alan’s research activity is focused in 2 areas: As Director of the Defence Data Research Centre (DDRC), a £4M initiative funded by Dstl to improve the application of data science in the defence sector; and as Deputy Director at the DIGIT Lab, an £11M UK National Research Centre investigating digital transformation and accelerating digital innovation in Large Established Organizations (LEOs) .
Previously, Alan 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 at the Software Engineering Institute, Texas Instruments, Sterling Software, and Computer Associates. He also led business development in Catapulse, a Silicon Valley start-up that was acquired by Rational Software Corporation for over $400M. When Rational was acquired by IBM, he then spent 5 years in Madrid leading enterprise strategy as European CTO for IBM’s Software group. More recently Alan returned to the UK to co-found the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) at the University of Surrey where he led research initiatives in 4 EPSRC-funded research projects.
Alongside his research activity, 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 7 books and numerous papers on software engineering, systems design, and digital business transformation. Alan’s latest published work includes  “Delivering Digital Transformation: A manager’s guide to the digital revolution” and “Digital Economy Dispatches“.