Peter Williams' IT industry experience spans 50 years; he is well respected for his breadth of both technology and business knowledge. Peter joined Bloor Research in late 2004, for whom he has held the IT Infrastructure Management brief for some years. He now focuses especially on agile storage and data protection, and the network infrastructure surrounding it, which is increasingly virtualised and absorbed into the cloud.
Peter's broad experience dates from the 1960s with NCR, then a mainstream computer manufacturer, in a series of technical roles including programmer, systems analyst, installation consultant and project manager for major software developments in the banking, retail and health sectors – and, from the late '80s, national marketing manager in several vertical sectors including logistics and manufacturing. During the '90s he wrote promotional and technical material for a high-tech marketing company on behalf of, for instance, Digital (DEC), Kyocera Europe and RS Components - and also gained a BSc in Computing part-time. Latterly he was contracted as an IS manager by a tools manufacturer.
In 2000, another job shift was into IT journalism at VNU Business Publications (now within Incisive Media). In four-years he produced some 2000 reports and analyses on technology and business for IT Week, Computing, Network News, Computer Reseller News publications and the VNUnet web site, latterly also writing regular newsletters on open source and business hardware. At VNU then Bloor, Peter has conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews with IT industry leaders.
Away from IT, Peter plays an active role in his local church and has used his analytical skills in writing an advanced 350-page Bible student textbook "Israel and the Covenants in New Testament Times" and 12 booklets in a series "Surprising Answers from Scripture". A long-time honorary vice-president of the Sussex County Table Tennis Association, he once played for Sussex and England. Now married over 40 years, he has three grown up children and two grandchildren.