Colin Armitage

Founder and CEO


Colin is the CEO and the founder of Original Software.

Throughout his career Colin has been a key industry player focused on building companies and solutions where technology is aligned to true business needs. From the founding of Original Software in 1997, through its expansion into North America and based on its rapidly expanding product suite, Colin has provided the leadership and vision to deliver continual and profitable growth driven by innovation.

He has clear views on the need for flat teams, leadership versus management and the importance of empowering every team member to make a direct contribution to the success of the company. The results speak for themselves with staff turnover less than 25% of industry norms, recognition for many industry innovations and the acquisition of many blue chip customers.

As a result Original Software has been recognised by both its customers, Gartner and other industry analysts as a visionary, a company that has actually changed expectations.

A passionate skier, tennis player and golfer, Colin confesses that these interests can create near crisis strains on his commitment to the cause of better software!

An Interview with Colin

Q – What is the best business lesson you’ve learnt and how did you learn it?
A – Trust your intuition.

Q – Who do you most admire and why?
A – Winston Churchill. He had five lifetimes while the rest of make do with one.

Q – What do you like to do in your spare time?
A – Family, sport, WWII history.

Q – I couldn’t live without?
A – My family.

Q – Cheese and wine or a pint and crisps?
A – Either.

Q – The thing you are most proud of in your career history to date?
A – Original Software.

Q – What was your first ever job?
A – Chef.

Q – Who in your opinion was the best James Bond?
A – Pierce Brosnan.

Q – Your favourite movie and why?
A – ‘Shawshank Redemption.’ Overcoming adversity/cunning plan.

Q – Golf, a good walk spoilt or the best way to spend a Sunday morning?
A – Don’t waste my time.

Q – Which is more you. A city apartment or place in the country?
A – Country boy.

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