Colin Bannister is the chief technology officer and vice president of technical sales for CA Technologies in the UK and Ireland. In this role, he works closely with customers and partners to ensure they are given the right solution for their needs and encourages their maximum investment in CA Technology solutions.
Bannister has spent 16 years at the firm and one of his most notable accomplishments has been the establishment of a graduate recruitment programme.
Bannister, with over 25 years' experience in the IT industry, is an active member of e-Skills UK and is passionate about encouraging the next generation to start a career in the technology industry. His opinion has been sought by the government as part of its computing curriculum revamp, which is currently up for consultation.
Bannister has previously worked for AMD and began his career as a systems manager for NatWest.
His Hot Seat follows those of Evernote CTO Dave Engberg and Nominet CTO Simon McCalla as part of V3's weekly insight into what makes those in the IT industry tick. This article is published a week prior to CA World in Las Vegas, which V3 will be attending.
What's your favourite part of your current job?
I'm privileged to be in a role where I feel I can influence the direction of the industry.
What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
I always wanted to own my own scuba diving school somewhere nice and hot. Half way through my IT career I did actually think about running off to do this and I actually went a long way through the process of making the dream a reality. I looked at buying into an existing diving school in Portugal, which was run by a British guy who ended up doing a fab job of talking me out of the idea - the guy's got a great job but no money in the bank.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I have both the latest iPhone and iPad.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
I'm a huge admirer of Bill Gates because of the way he has transformed the industry. In the 1990s, Microsoft transformed the industry in many positive ways, and now with his charity, he's clearly a force for good.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
From a personal perspective, my career started with me working on the IBM mainframe. It made me who I am today.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
I think seeing the success of the Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) degree [developed by e-Skills UK and more than 60 employers including CA Technologies]. It's a significant contribution to the IT industry. One hundred percent of last year's ITMB graduates were employed within six months of finishing their degree and the course was 33 percent females, so we are building a compelling case that this degree is working for students
What was your first job?
My first ever job was stacking shelves in Tesco.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
The best thing about working in the IT industry is that we are part of the future.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
I think it is the internet of things. For example, the evolution of networked bandages, which have sensors in them that can send recovery information to the patient or doctor.
What do you do when you finish work?
I sit on the M25 for an hour.
What keeps you awake at night?
I never have trouble sleeping, so nothing.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
The last book I read was Change The Culture, Change The Game by Tom Smith. I enjoy learning about cultural change in organisations. Really this book is one of the best books I have ever read.
Where's your favourite holiday destination?
I like going to Finland for skiing. I go skiing every year.
Do you prefer e-readers or real books?
I prefer real books, although I do own an e-reader.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
Windows or Mac OS?
I use both, Mac OS at home and Windows at work.
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