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Starting From Scratch

Starting From Scratch

As much as he loved the time he spent at Vodafone, Chandler says he found there were numbers of challenges in working for an established organisation that he no longer has to worry about.

"Over a period of time, unless you've controlled architecturally, the environment that you're in, and your standard operating environment, it becomes harder to undertake change and harder to integrate new offerings and services." Chandler no longer faces that problem. And he is thoroughly enjoying working with the business to achieve COMindico's aims.

"What I find is that the technology group here is totally linked with the business. We don't just sit back and work in an ivory tower of technology; we assist on many of the business opportunities [arising]. I think the death knell is sounded when the IT department sits back and waits for the business to communicate to it. My business managers are my account managers back into the business. They're not there just to obtain requirements from the business, they're actually there to link into the business and to facilitate a transfer of information both ways," he says.

"The company is small enough that there are no ivory towers here. Everybody knows everybody, and the beauty is that we all pull together in the same direction, because we're all of the one culture, we're all of the same mindset. We can't afford not to have that attitude."

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