Graeme Hackland is the chief information officer (CIO) of the Oxfordshire-based Lotus F1 Team. Hackland has overseen two championship victories secured by Fernando Alonso.
Hackland joined the team when it was known as Benetton in 1997 as a network support analyst and was promoted to IT manager in 2002. He became head of information systems (IS) in 2009 and gained the title of IT/IS director in 2010.
Most recently, the team has undergone a major IT restructuring process in a bid to bolster their development speed.
Hackland's Hot Seat follows those of other tech luminaries such as Huddle chief executive Alastair Mitchell, Hotels.com chief technology officer Stuart Silberg and Steve Watt, CIO at St Andrews University.
V3: What does a typical day involve?
Hackland: Every working day starts with a couple of "stand-ups" where we review the progress and blockers for our application development team (although I am a "chicken" as defined by Scrum so I listen and don't speak). I divide my time: 60 percent working within the IS department and the rest of the time with other departments, senior management and sponsors.
What would be your dream job?
Of course I have my dream job, but if I had the talent I would have loved to have been a professional athlete – I often close my eyes and imagine dipping for the line to win Olympic gold.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I have a Microsoft Surface RT and a BlackBerry Bold, both of which I expect to upgrade before the first race of next year.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
There are a number of people who've made significant contributions to technology in my lifetime, such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin, but it's NetApp's Tom Mendoza who inspires me the most with his thoughts on culture and leadership.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
Without a doubt it's smartphones – "always on" has became a reality with the maturing of smartphone technology.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Winning the FIA Formula 1 World Championships in 2005 and 2006 is my career highlight so far.
What was your first job?
I worked for a small computer software company in Durban, South Africa. The job advert they put in the paper said: "Computer engineer wanted – no experience necessary."
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
I love that technology is applied to complex problems and, if applied correctly, it shows these problems can be solved.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
I think 3D printing has the potential to revolutionise the world. Last year I heard Dr Michio Kaku talk about the potential applications including in medical sciences and I was inspired.
What keeps you awake at night?
Nothing, I sleep really well. We've built a really strong team here at Lotus and I have confidence in their abilities. Of course I have concerns around data loss prevention and ensuring IT services are delivered appropriately, but the very good people that I work with are very focused and talented.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
I like to read novels and the latest one was Never Go Back, the eighteenth Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. It was very, very good.
Who is your favourite band/musician?
Eurythmics, Texas, Queen and Adele. Don't make me pick just one.
Where's your favourite place for escape?
I like running, preferably long distance, as it helps to clear my mind.
E-readers or real books?
Although I love real books and have an extensive collection, it's e-readers for me now (with the downside of not being able to read on take-off and landing on a flight).
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
For me it's The Beatles.
It has to be The Shawshank Redemption.
Windows or Mac OS?
I have both, but find Windows easier for most of the things I need to do.
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