Founder and Research Director

Bola Rotibi
Bola RotibiResearch Director
Bola Rotibi has 18 years of industry experience spanning engineering, software development and IT analysis. She is a high-profile and highly experienced analyst focused on software development technologies, processes and market trends. In 2008 and 2009 Bola Rotibi was voted one of the top three analysts covering the software development and delivery market and industry by the influential IIAR (Institute of Industry Analyst Relations) group.

Prior to setting up Creative Intellect Consulting, Bola worked at MWD Advisors and analyst firm Ovum. She is a Chartered Engineer and has industry experience spanning the full software development lifecycle across a variety of industry sectors, encompassing network computing and application development. She has worked as a senior software developer for Reuters and a chemical and process control engineer for Air Products.

Over the years as an analyst, Bola has built an extensive portfolio of authored, in-depth product review/evaluations, technology reviews, strategy reports and competitive analysis reports. Bola’s technology expertise include, Software development (technologies, product and processes), in particular, Application lifecycle management strategies for a variety of platforms (Mobile, Server, Desktop, Web etc.); software modelling, testing and performance. Other areas of expertise include Web 2.0 and Rich Interactive/Internet Applications; IT sourcing for software development projects; enterprise architecture, IT Governance and business management and embedded systems development.

Bola is regularly sought after to provide input into and drive vendor and product selection decision processes. She has acted as an advisor to leading IT providers such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Fujitsu, Adobe, Accenture, HP, Compuware and Borland; to investment and education bodies; and to large (and small) IT user organisations in Retail, Manufacturing, Media, Government, Automotive, Financial Services, Telecommunications and consultancies. An experienced presenter, Bola is also regularly quoted in trade and business press in Europe, America and Asia Pacific including Software Development Times, Computer Weekly and Computing.

Also working with Bola as an Associate Research Analyst writing content for Creative Intellect Consulting is Ian Murphy, an experienced and highly regarded technology journalist. At MWD Advisors, Bola and Ian authored a number of market and technology strategy reports on Cloud Development Services and Cloud Computing (Cloud Development Services, Navigating the Cloud Vendor Maze part 1 and 2 etc.), Agile development practices and the development of User Centric Services.

At Ovum, Bola was the principal analyst leading the Application Lifecycle research service. She also held the management role of practice leader for the software applications team responsible for the research and content strategy of the Business Intelligence, Software Applications, Open Source, Enterprise Architecture and Software Development topic areas.

The CIC analyst team

Dr. Cathy Mulligan
Dr. Cathy MulliganPrincipal Analyst
Visiting Researcher: Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering

Member: UNSG High Level Panel on Digital Co-operation

Expert and Fellow: World Economic Forum Blockchain Council

Cathy has a broad mix of ‘real world’ and research experience at the intersection of telecommunications, smart cities and blockchain across a variety of countries and research domains. She is currently a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College and was a founding Co-Director of the ICL Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, which was Europe’s first centre dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrency research. She also holds an Honorary Research position at University College London, where she is Chief Technology Officer of the GovTech Lab and DataNet, which focuses on the potential and application of blockchain, AI and advanced communications technologies as a foundational part of the world’s governments and economy. Cathy is an expert and fellow of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council and a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Co-Operation. She holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where she also received her master’s degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development. She is the author of six books on technology covering IoT, EPC and the economics of the emerging digital economy based around information supply chains.

Clive Howard
Clive HowardPrincipal Practitioner Analyst
Clive Howard is a technology consultant and Entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in the web industry. He started his career as a developer in digital agencies before founding his own consultancy in 2002. The last 2 years have been spent delivering strategic “User Experience” improvement programmes that have enhanced business effectiveness and customer engagement.

His clients have ranged from one person start-ups to global brands that span industries as diverse as Healthcare, Entertainment, Publishing and Finance. He has a passion for innovation and technology that demonstrates sustainable benefits for businesses and their customers.

Cornelia Wels-Maug
Cornelia Wels-MaugPrincipal Healthcare Analyst
Cornelia has 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, researching the use of IT in selected industry verticals. Since 2008, she has specialised in the international healthcare market, Before then, her field of expertise included IT services, public sector, consumer electronics and telecommunication end devices.

Within healthcare, she has worked on topics like telehealth and remote patient monitoring, big data, analytics, gamification, connected care in the ambulatory and hospital domains and health insurers’ move towards digital therapies. Cornelia worked in different roles in her native Germany, but also, for more than a decade, in the UK, USA and Australia, where she experienced first-hand different healthcare systems.

As an analyst, Cornelia has worked for Ovum Ltd., Mentis Corp. (now Gartner Inc.) and BIS Strategic Decisions Ltd. In 2014, Cornelia set up her own business as a freelance Healthcare Analyst and Journalist and has been regularly contributing articles, interviews and life coverage from industry events to European trade journals like HIMSS Insights, 42, and European Hospital. She has also co-authored a chapter (“Legal limits and obstacles in the care for the terminally sick in the framework of the specialised ambulatory palliative care”) in a book.

Cornelia holds a Master of Economics degree from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Main), Germany.

Steve Brooks
Steve BrooksPrincipal Analyst
Steve Brooks worked as an IT leader for more than 25 years. He has a wide experience within industry verticals including professional services, finance, manufacturing, recruitment and retail. Beginning his practitioner career as a communications developer he has worked in most roles in IT. He spent 17 years at Savills plc where he was appointed CIO. He left in 2012 to complete an MBA at Henley Business School. His dissertation was on the procurement of converged telecommunications solutions.

In the last four years he has worked as a journalist and consultant. He was sub-editor at Business Cloud and is now joint editor at Enterprise Times. His specialist areas are ERP, IT strategy, IT procurement business strategy, cloud computing and collaboration. He has been a guest speaker at several vendor events.

Paul Herzlich
Paul HerzlichPrincipal Analyst
Paul Herzlich is one of a rare breed of industry analyst who actually has extensive hands-on practical experience working in the technologies he reports on. With 40 years experience in the IT industry, Paul has performed most roles in application development, including business analyst, programmer/analyst, development manager and test manager; he has been an author and consultant on tools, methods and processes; he has worked with numerous languages, operating systems, and technology platforms ranging from business tabulation machines, mainframes, minis and PCs, and followed the trajectory of application delivery from monolithic mainframe systems, to distributed client/server, through web-based applications, and on to mobile devices and the Cloud.

Paul’s experience spans both consultancy and real world practice across a variety of business domains, including banking, finance, manufacturing, petroleum and pharmaceuticals. Within his diverse technical competencies, application development, testing and quality assurance are his home bases. He now actively monitors and writes about the trends in Application Lifecycle Management, Application Development and Application Delivery, and assists clients in choosing, sourcing and applying best tools, processes and methods in those domains for Creative Intellect.