Edwina Dunn OBE

Edwina Dunn OBE has spent her 40 years in the IT industry analysing great globs of data and turning it into useful business information to guide businesses. We call that today the analysis of big data. She started at the US CACI company which used census data to help customers such as banks and building societies. She left with her husband after nine years and they formed their own consultancy focusing on analysing customer data. Their big breakthrough was launching the Clubcard customer service for Tesco which catapulted Tesco to the front rank of UK grocery marketing. They sold the business to Tesco and formed another company. She is concerned about the ethics of using data and about the role of women in IT.

Sir Peter Ogden

Sir Peter Ogden co-founded Computacenter in 1981, just at the right time: IBM launched the PC legitimising desktop computing and the use of dealers to sell the products. Computacenter focused initially on the financial sector which was Ogden’s background. It won an IBM dealership and was promoted by IBM as one of its chosen few dealers. The launch of Compaq IBM-compatible pcs turbo boosted the company’s growth. Unlike other companies in the IBM PC adverts of the 1980s, Computacenter not only survived but grew, using venture capital and then an IPO. Sir Peter likes forming companies and says when it needs an HR department it is time for him to leave. Computacenter expanded into France and Germany, which is now a larger market for it than the UK.