Tony Law has been an information technologist for over 30 years
I joined the world of IT through using computers to analyse results of academic research — in my case, in earth science at Christ Church and at the Department of Geology & Mineralogy (now Earth Sciences) at Oxford University. Before going up to Oxford, I attended Kingswood School in Bath.
I worked for a major London University Computing Service at Queen Mary College for several years. QMC (now Queen Mary, University of London) was at the forefront of developments in inter-networking. The work we did eventually grew into the UK's Joint Academic NETwork (JANET).
I then joined British Petroleum (BP), working for BP Exploration in London in data analysis. I subsequently moved to the Sunbury Research Centre and worked particularly in the development of management architectures for distributed systems, alongside colleagues from the Distributed Software Engineering group at Imperial College. This brought me into contact with the ANSA project for Advanced Networked Systems Architecture (1985-1998), and the Object Management Group.
For much of my time at QMC and BP I also taught for the Open University, an immensely rewarding experience. I'm now once again an Associate Lecturer with the OU.
I started work for SmithKline Beecham in 1993, continuing through the merger in GlaxoSmithKline. My role in IT Research includes emerging technology awareness and investigation, and our relationship with external analyst companies such as Gartner, Forrester Research and CSC's Leading Edge Forum.
I left GSK at the end of 2007, and now run InformationSpan, a technology research and insight services consultancy.
I am a chartered member (CITP) of the British Computer Society, and a Chartered Engineer.
I am also a member of the Council of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and a member of the Mineralogical Society of America.
Footnote: "Authobiography" is not a typo. It's the Author's Biography!. Visit InformationSpan for a fuller outline of my history as an IT specialist, and for up to date technology insights see the blog ITasITis.
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