Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Colin I'Anson leads early-stage investigations for new business opportunities, assessing, understanding, and removing barriers for both new and current opportunities, with an emphasis on industry verticals. At present, he is investigating how digital ecosystems are assembled and how they can be understood and used in the sales process. His approach uses enterprise architecture principles including business architecture and end-to-end system design, ensuring HPE digital solutions deliver valuable outcomes by integrating partners, creating proof points, and aligning product and service capabilities.
Prior to his current role, Colin was the chief technologist for the emerging IoT program in EMEA and created the technology for HPE's Cloud28+, a catalogue of cloud services that creates demand for HPE's service provider partners. He also established the early solution foundations for HPE's NFV business and designed HP Life, a provider of online business education packages to increase employment opportunities in the developing world.
Colin joined HP directly from university in 1980 as an R&D engineer in Scotland and in 1986 moved to Hewlett Packard Labs in Bristol. This was a period of significant original work by Colin and the teams he managed, including driving the standardization of the X.509 authentication framework, the world’s first standard secure messaging system with directory integration and message store, Euro IT Prize for a GSM-based personal digital assistant, directing teams that created the first-known 3G over the air trials, and 40-plus patents on mobile applications, wireless-enabled handheld devices, and network measurement and telecom network applications. Subsequently, Colin drove new business creation using mobile systems technologies, some created while he was at Hewlett Packard Labs and deployed by major operator groups. This led to a variety of senior roles in telecommunications and network architecture and system engineering.
Colin holds a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering and a PhD in digital signal processing for seismology, both from the University College of North Wales (Prifysgol Bangor). He is a chartered engineer (CEng) and fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET).