• Asda recruits new IT chief to handle transition

    Supermarket chain Asda has appointed a new technology leader to handle the company’s IT following its sale by Walmart to the billionaire Issa brothers in a £6.8bn deal in October 2020.

    Anna Barsby, who recently headed up digital transformation at luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason and has been chief technology officer at Bradford-headquartered retailer Morrisons, was hired to lead the technology aspects of the transition. Appointed as chief digital and technology officer, Barsby was hired by Asda for her change management expertise.

    “I bring grocery and retail experience, but I am a people

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  • Using AI to automate business processes and create revenue streams

    One of the enduring features of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the acceleration we have seen in machine learning in enterprises.

    According to CCS Insight’s latest Senior leadership IT investment survey, fielded in July, more than 80% of firms are now trialling artificial intelligence (AI) or have put it into production – this figure’s up considerably from the 55% reported in 2019.

    AI is no longer viewed as an experimental, longer-term source of innovation for companies. Rather, it is a technology that can deliver quick transformational and business value, particularly in helping companies automate processes and create new sources

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