Computer Weekly 1 November 2011: Read this week's issue of the UK's leading technology publication, with the latest news, analysis and opinion for IT managers
In this week's Computer Weekly, we examine the IT challenges facing retailers in a world of multi-channel shopping in an exclusive interview with John Lewis IT director Paul Coby. Our latest Buyer's Guide looks at the issues around upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 as XP approaches the time Microsoft ceases support. And we kick-off this year's UKtech50 - the search for the most influential people in UK IT.
Nurturing the talent in the IT behind John Lewis's multichannel operation
Eight months into his IT director role at John Lewis, Paul Coby is quietly leading a technology-enabled revolution to make the department store chain the leading multichannel retailer in the UK.
Government goes long on ambition and detail in plans to overhaul IT
There is no lack of ambition in the government's ICT Strategy Implementation Plan (SIP), boldly claiming to "fundamentally change how government incorporates ICT". But how achievable is a turnaround of the public sector's reputation for systemic IT failings?
The influence, profile and leadership to steer the future of the IT industry
Computer Weekly this week launches the second annual UKtech50 report, the definitive list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT - the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the high-tech economy.
Opinion: Overcoming business obstacles where a little IT goes a long way
The "IT is broken" line makes for provocative media stories and provides a lead for suppliers pitching "transformational" magic-bullet solutions. But is everything really that bad in the domain of IT, asks Tony Lock, programme director at analyst Freeform Dynamics.
Buyer's Guide upgrading from Windows XP: Part one - How to upgrade to Windows 7
Microsoft ends support for Windows XP in 2014 - but businesses will need to start upgrading in 2012. We examine the steps an IT department should take to simplify the migration to Windows 7.
Why big IT outsourcing projects fail
A panel of IT outsourcing experts tell us what they believe is the root cause of large IT project failures.
The realities of consumerisation
Car maker Ford has one of the world's biggest bring-your-own-device programmes for staff to use their own computing devices at work. We talk to the man in charge of the initiative at Ford to find out what lessons were learned.