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LGC PROFILE - RICHARD BEATON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANITE PUBLIC SECTOR

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How did you end up where you are? ...
How did you end up where you are?

I was a director of Philips Information Systems, then set up Imasys to address income management needs in local government. Two years ago Anite acquired Imasys document management/workflow business and we set the goal of being the largest supplier of software solutions in UK local government within two years. We have achieved this through acquisition and organic growth.

Anite recently took over Bull's local government wing. Do you see further consolidation in the public sector IT market?

It wouldn't surprise me if there was. In some markets there are just too many suppliers to reach a critical mass and the move to application service provision will force further consolidation.

What does best value mean?

It's about matching and meeting business needs driven by efficiency and service standards. Business process and performance improvement via software and consultancy are key - not functionality or the cheapest price.

How do you rate your council?

Very highly - they provide good services. I recently added an extension to my house and the service was 100% efficient.

Where and when were you happiest?

At the births of my sons.

Name six favourite dinner party guests from history.

Oliver Reed, Princess Diana, Tommy Cooper, Cleopatra, Steve Smith (rugby player) and Marilyn Monroe.

Given£100, what would you spend it on?

Curry - or Anite software products!

What is your most irritating habit?

You'd better ask my wife.

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