Magazine article Management Today

Net Heads

Magazine article Management Today

Net Heads

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Andrew Boswell is chief technology officer (CTO) at ICL, a company that over the past couple of years has repositioned itself as an e-systems and services specialist. He is responsible for ensuring that ICL has the technical capability to compete in a global marketplace; he also oversees its network of alliances and ensures that it is properly understood as a technology company.


When did you first become interested in the Internet?

I guess to start with in the early '90s. During the '80s, a lot of companies put proprietary e-mail systems in place, but there was very little inter-company traffic. In terms of the web, it was 1993 when I first got a demon account -- it was all text-based then.

How much time do you spend surfing each day?

At work, I spend a fair amount of time browsing within ICL's 'Caf[acute{e}] Vic' intranet, which is a knowledge management system for the company's 22,000 employees. I use the internet more at home and probably spend one to two hours an evening on it, depending on what it is I'm doing. I use it a lot for my hobbies and last weekend I put up a web site detailing our family tree back to 1521.

What sites do you use regularly?

For work, it's mainly ICL's site, although I also visit Microsoft's, as we have a global alliance with them. In terms of external stuff, I use a lot of shareware to develop my own Palm Pilot software; there's a lot of information on the Palm site. …

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