Rana Bhattacharya - CTO, Atom Bank plc

clock • 1 min read

What's your proudest work-related achievement of the last 12 months?

We are creating the most customer-centric bank on the planet. Our TrustPilot, Reevoo and NPS scores all point to the successes we have already had, but we are restless in our ambition to be the best. So last year we started a journey to re-platform the bank to the cloud including introducing Thought Machine's next -generation cloud-native and smart contract-based core banking platform. By moving to the cloud and leveraging Thought Machine, Atom will be faster, more agile and able to configure banking products with unparalleled speed. Being part of the team bringing this change forward is a significant achievement and privilege. 

What's the number one skill today's IT leaders need?

From personal experience, IT leaders need so much more than an impressive skill set. It's about resilience, flexibility and perseverance to get initiatives finished, even when they are very difficult and you don't have all the resources at your disposal that you would like. 

How many people work in IT in your organisation?

We have about 90 full-time people working in technology, across areas such as Architecture, change delivery, engineering, testing, security, service delivery and data management. 

What's your top priority for the next 12 months?

My top priority is to go live this year with our next general banking platform on the cloud, in order to enable Atom's vision of being the most customer-centric bank on the planet to be realised. 

What's your annual IT budget?

Confidential.

You may also like
Cyber, cloud and automation: UK IT leaders reveal their spending priorities

Leadership

IT budgets hold firm but there are tough choices to be made

clock 19 October 2023 • 12 min read
Microsoft Azure V Google Cloud Platform: Which is the most sustainable cloud platform?

Green

In the third of our 2023 series of sustainability head-to-head comparisons, we examine the sustainability claims of Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

clock 26 June 2023 • 14 min read

Sign up to our newsletter

The best news, stories, features and photos from the day in one perfectly formed email.

More on Leadership

Calling all innovators: Enter the IT Leaders 100 2024

Calling all innovators: Enter the IT Leaders 100 2024

The definitive list of the most influential and inspiring figures in UK IT

Tom Allen
clock 13 February 2024 • 2 min read
IT Essentials: It's time to admit that DEI has failed

IT Essentials: It's time to admit that DEI has failed

Until we acknowledge why, nothing changes.

Penny Horwood
clock 12 February 2024 • 5 min read
Wired for adventure: An interview with Scouting CDO Lara Burns

Wired for adventure: An interview with Scouting CDO Lara Burns

'We’re about skills for life'

Tom Allen
clock 08 February 2024 • 6 min read