Alan is an Executive Partner and Service Line Leader for Advanced Analytics, Cognitive Solutions, Data Platforms, Internet of Things and Watson Healthcare, at IBM Global Business Services,  UK & Ireland.  

Alan spends his time helping clients and colleagues embed Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and IoT into business decisions and processes in order to unlock the potential to combine all data – internal, external, structured, unstructured, voice and visual.  In doing so, the service line he leads delivers insights and solutions that transform how IBM’s clients make decisions, re-engineer/automate business processes, and contemplate new revenue and business models.


IBM is a leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, they are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries.


Coaching, mentoring and sponsorships. What’s the difference? Alan and Andy pick apart these three forms of training on this podcast. Andy also asks Alan about graduate hiring and they discuss career development and when its the right time to move companies.

Show Notes:

00.34 Mass hiring graduates? Companies should adjust how they’re developing talent.    

04.05 Coaching, mentoring & sponsorships.   

09.43 The world is moving so quickly everyone constantly has to acquire knowledge.

12.52 Mentoring methodologies.

14.49 When should I move companies?

20.11 Forget about money. The right role will get you the money you need.   

24.40 Think two roles ahead to keep your career on track.