Fernando Lucini has been with Autonomy since 2000, bringing years of experience in enterprise-level software applications to the firm’s current owner HP.
Prior to joining HP Autonomy, Lucini was the solutions manager at enterprise portal firm LeadingSide, where he was responsible for determining a solutions strategy across the enterprise.
Lucini follows other IT leaders in the V3 Hot Seat, including UK government chief operating officer Stephen Kelly and Myspace chief technology officer Fabrizio Blanco.
V3: What would be your dream job?
Fernando Lucini: I’m a frustrated sociologist. The behaviour of individuals and groups fascinates me. I would have happily devoted my life to this if it wasn’t for my magnetism to how software can change our lives. So I try to inject this desire to understand behaviours to solving our customers’ problems.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
An iPhone and an HP tablet.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
[HP chief executive] Meg Whitman. This sounds a little cheesy with me being the chief technology officer (CTO) of a division of HP, but she is worth admiration for successfully guiding a company that is both the size of a small country and has the richest history one could imagine in a technology company through a debatably difficult patch, and doing so with the strongest sense of dignity, enthusiasm, pragmatism and innovation one could imagine. I’m a big fan.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
The ‘push’ email. Getting information as it’s sent made a massive difference from the times of constantly checking. It somehow feels like the onslaught of email is more controllable. This of course is just an illusion. The onslaught wins.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I’m an optimist and enjoy what I do so I find highlights all around me all the time as I’m constantly surprised by our ability to come up with new and disruptive technology. Many of my personal highlights relate to customers, so I can’t really go into details. But to name one, I sat in a room full of chief information officers (CIOs) a month or so ago and the ability for HP to get 21 CIOs of the biggest names in the industry and to be able to openly get their advice and guidance on innovations as part of our team was something truly remarkable.
What was your first job?
I was a Data analyst. I created a system to manage sales opportunities for a small software firm.
What’s your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
We can change the way people function, for the better, in a very small period of time. Let’s face it, technology is the key to our future.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
A true reflection of ‘what’ we are in software and data; a true Digital Persona that can be used to serve our information needs.
What keeps you awake at night?
I have an obsessive character so if I’m in the middle of a customer engagement or creating new features or products I get restless and you could say it keeps me awake at night…truth is that with three small (and beautiful) children I sleep when I can, and soundly.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert. Indeed I’m a very fanatic sci-fi reader. This particular episode of the Dune saga is great but I confess to being very partial to anything that Frank Herbert wrote.
Who is your favourite band or musician?
I have a deep appreciation for the electric guitar. So if something has an interesting guitar sound I find myself attracted to that. To choose one would spoil the experience.
Where’s your favourite place for escape?
My house in the countryside in Cambridge. Fields, some hills, running in the mornings, all contribute to escape.
Do you prefer e-readers or real books?
Both. I love the feel of the real thing but I love the backlit e-reader that allows me to read in bed without waking the family.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
A long list of sci-fi films, starting with Star wars.
Windows or Mac OS?
Windows, with no particular reason as I use both all the time. But I do work in Windows. I wish this question had 10 choices rather than two and that all worked side by side.
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