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Science Museum Head of ICT Jason Oliver interview - Catalyst for transformation

Edward Qualtrough | March 10, 2017
Science Museum Head of ICT Jason Oliver discusses reinvigorating the IT team and technology stack at one of the world's most visited museum groups.

Oliver revealed that the organisation was investigating emerging technologies which could transform the back-end and front face of the group.

Hyperconverged infrastructure could make sense for the Science Museum for the types of data the organisation deals with and from a cost perspective, Oliver explained. Furthermore, augmented reality products from organisations like Microsoft with its AR Hololens headset provided a host of opportunities from the digital delivery of the museum's collection to a potentially more 'enterprise' benefit of how the museum goes about designing its exhibitions and positioning its objects.

"The idea of being able to walk into a space with merely a headset on and physically put graphical representations of our objects out in that category and then redesign the gallery from within the headset - that could save thousands of hours and thousands of pounds," Oliver said. "It could do some creative things that you could never ordinarily do with objects."

For now, Oliver's focus is on some of the manual tasks his IT department performs which can automated or scripted so that the team can concentrate of the work that adds value back to the business. It is having the correct underlying infrastructure and foundations in place that enables this, Oliver said, so that the Science Museum can extend its reach across the world with digitisation taking a prime place in its strategy for years to come.

"There's so much going on," Oliver said. "I love it, I'm really passionate about what we're doing. I know that other people within the sector enjoy it as well when I talk about what's going on.

"I think it's a really, really exciting time for our sector, and I'm glad to be in the sector helping to really drive it forward, because technology has gotten to a point now where we can fundamentally improve and change the experiences of our audiences. It's really great to be in a position to actually influence that and do that myself."

Source: CIO UK 


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