A mountain bike decked out with gears is built to travel up rocky, uneven climbs as well as slick, paved downhills. But an IT department focused on gathering requirements only has one speed, and for many groups that’s way too slow. Two-Speed IT is built on the mindset that IT can move swiftly when needed to innovate and quickly implement projects that otherwise might go “rogue,” but also maintain the low gear necessary to mitigate risk associated with business-critical IT operations. How can CIOs build a new ride to handle the many peaks, slopes and valleys of the IT environment?
Gavin Nichols, VP of Strategy/EA/R&D Innovation IT, Quintiles
Gavin Nichols is Vice President of Strategy/EA/R&D Innovation IT at Quintiles. Currently Nichols main focus is to drive, vision and mold game changer opportunities for Quintiles business across clinical andcommercial drug development, w... More View all posts
Gavin Nichols is Vice President of Strategy/EA/R&D Innovation IT at Quintiles. Currently Nichols main focus is to drive, vision and mold game changer opportunities for Quintiles business across clinical andcommercial drug development, with the objective of establishing 2-3 rapid incubators per annum, through partnerships across sponsors, vendors, open, crowd, government for compound value creation. Most recently, Nichols focus has been on Big Data and Analytics partnerships which led to a co-development project with a client to establish a service capability, which improves time, cost and variability of Clinical Development. Nichols joined Quintiles in 2004 with the directive to restructure part of Quintiles organization within the ED&PS division in preparation for divestiture. He led the Clinical Informatics initiative, with the objective of creating enterprise framework for data and services throughout the entire company. He brought with him over 20 years of experience in management consulting, strategic development and analysis, project management and thought leadership. He spent much of his time developing his experience at a variety of different companies including Unisys, Collaborex and Cap Gemini holding positions ranging from Principal Consultant to Start-up owner. At Unisys Nichols established, developed and led the Life Sciences practice within the Global commercial industries group. Included this time at Unisys, Nichols created a joint-venture outsourcing model with two of the largest global pharmaceutical companies. Less View all posts
Richard Thomas, CIO and Global Head Technology Solutions, Quintiles
As Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Global Head Quintiles Technology Solutions, Richard is responsible for all aspects of technology with clients around the world, as well as internally across Quintiles business. With an extensive portfo... More View all posts
As Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Global Head Quintiles Technology Solutions, Richard is responsible for all aspects of technology with clients around the world, as well as internally across Quintiles business. With an extensive portfolio of innovative solutions, he leads the company’s global technology organization and is based at Quintiles’ global headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, USA. A 25 year veteran of the technology industry, Richard joined The company in 2005 and has played a key role building Quintiles’ technology group into the multiple award winning organization it is today. The group provides technology solutions for Quintiles clients, and has received numerous accolades for innovation including the #1 business technology innovator across the pharmaceutical industry 2011 and 2012 in the prestigious InformationWeek 500 rankings, and the Society for Clinical research (SCRIP) award for the best clinical development technology in 2013. The group has also been recognized repeatedly as a one of the 'Best 100 Places to Work in IT'. Before joining Quintiles, Richard held increasingly senior leadership positions across a variety of industries including consulting, technology, marketing information, financial services and aerospace/defense. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and CIO for Telephia, Inc. in San Francisco, a startup which became the world leader in digital consumer marketing information and benchmarking. Richard holds an honors degree in Computer Science from the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom, and a New Zealand pilots license. He also serves on several boards and company committees. Less View all posts