Reed Elsevier -- with businesses including Harcourt and LexisNexis -- publishes more than 15,000 journals, books, and reference works, and boasts more than 500 online properties. As Global CTO, Keith McGarr focuses on the development of technology to manage and deliver superior online content and services. Last year, online revenue accounted for $3.3 billion of the company’s bottom line, up from $400 million when McGarr took over in 2000.
McGarr is particularly proud of a recent project dubbed Scopus, a widely praised research tool for scientists. Built on an SOA platform, Scopus boasts a rich, Web 2.0-style UI that provides access to the most complete set of abstracts and citations available in a searchable database, according to McGarr. “The engine room of our media publishing is in that project’s content creation piece,” he says -- which also forms the technology foundation for information services to serve law and education professionals. Combined, the content management and delivery system deliver approximately 5 billion documents.
Prior to Reed Elsevier, McGarr spent 17 years at FedEx, where he took that company’s IT “into the 21st century,” leading the development of a global IP-based infrastructure to serve 1.4 million customers as well as the deployment of the world’s largest private wireless network.