An interview with CTO Paul Briscoe

Paul Briscoe is CTO of Hybrid Cloud Transformation, UK&I at IBM who thinks it’s “incredibly important” to reward the hard work of people in the DevOps industry

While the engineers who work for IBM today may later move to a competitor, the wider community will benefit from raising them

According to Paul, this is one of the reasons why IBM decided to sponsor this year’s DevOps Excellence Awards, which took place last month.

Computing: Please provide our readers with some background information about IBM.

Paul Briscoe: IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition by bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to our customers and partners around the world bring to life. Constantly reinventing ourselves since 1911, we are not only one of the largest business organizations in the world, but also one of the largest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 500 companies relying on IBM to run their businesses.

CTG: What distinguishes IBM?

PB: In a world where technology never stands still, I understand that commitment to our clients’ success, innovation that matters, and trust and personal responsibility in all our relationships live in what we do as IBMers while we strive to be the catalyst that makes the world work better. In my 30+ years I have had to reinvent myself every 18-24 months. As a respected engineer and senior partner at IBM, I bring a technical understanding with business acumen to our clients.

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CTG: Why did you decide to sponsor the DevOps Excellence Awards this year?

PB: I think it’s incredibly important to reward the hard work of individuals in the industry. The UK today is teeming with a rich and growing community of engineers. These engineers could be working for IBM today; a competitor tomorrow. It is important that the community rewards itself and grows. The DevOps Excellence Awards are a fantastic way to reward all that hard work, whether at IBM or elsewhere.

CTG: What has been your proudest corporate achievement over the past 12 months?

PB: IBM has had many accomplishments over the past 12 months to be proud of, but I think the most important has to be the next-generation work in the quantum space, culminating in the IBM Quantum Summit. IBM is a leader in the theory and production of quantum computers; Now it’s time for an adoption.

CTG: What are you working on this year?

PB: I’m in the process of creating an asset-based practice driven by IBM’s acquisition of Nordcloud as well as existing migration, modernization and DevSecOps capabilities. IBM created Platform Engineering Services (PES) as a fundamental and integral foundation for all phases of any cloud transformation. It offers end-to-end design, build, transition and management for AWS, Azure, GCP, Oracle, IBM Cloud, Hybrid and Private Cloud.

The DevOps Excellence Awards return next year. Click here for a list of 2023 winners.