eTail Europe 2017

June 19-June 21, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

44 20.7368.9465

John Cowper

Head of Architecture

John Cowper is the Head of Architecture for Wickes the UK hardware retailer. As a veteran IT campaigner, he is responsible for guiding the security, infrastructure and application roadmaps and strategies. Taking a cloud first approach to digital transformation, John has delivered both the AWS production platform and the WSO2 integration layer. He is currently overseeing the construction of the Wickes microservices capability. John is also responsible for the Wickes architecture element of the migration of the TP group data centres to the AWS cloud, migrating and transforming some 100 applications to the cloud. John also plays a part in the development of the technology selections supporting the Wickes business ambitions: doubling turnover in a 6 year timeframe. John has previously led the architecture functions of three major eCommerce programs: Tesco Direct, Kingfisher and BAT's Worldwide B2B Ordering Program.

Omnichannel & Online Growth

4:05 PM CASE STUDY REVOLUTION: Digital Transformation Through A Cloud Based Approach

As Head of Architecture at a Top 100 UK retailer, John’s biggest problem is how not to migrate a data centre. With a plethora of 10 year old legacy systems to tackle, John outlines his digital transformation plans, taking a cloud first approach. Key takeways here will include:

The steps required to resurrect a new operating model in the cloud.
Retiring old capabilities gradually, while building new capabilities in the new world.
Planning for a substantial amount of integration- what the issues are, how to deconstruct them and where Wickes have got to so far