A blog roll of Forrester analysts who serve the CIO community.
A blog roll of Forrester analysts who serve the CIO community.
Forrester's own technology team is really coming alive, explains the organisations CIO
Forrester's own CIO Steven Peltzman on experiencing many of the same blockers that their client CIOs are facing. read more
Author of the CIO book the IT Value Stack, digital strategist Ade McCormack tackles the changing leadership role of the CIO as the value of the IT operation changes in an organisation.
The market is moving at a rapid pace - make career planning a daily rather than an annual activity
You need to throw away your vision of you in the perfect role and focus on developing the skills that will keep you strategically relevant, writes Ade McCormack. read more
Entrepreneurial Vision by Mike Altendorf
For the business to move faster (which 90% of them are trying to do) it has to work hand in hand with the technology
One of the most interestingly elements of being on the CIO 100 judging panel over the last few years is watching the way that the skills, capabilities and attributes necessary to do the job have evolved. read more
Former JLT Group and Associated Newspapers CIO turned Digital Advisor, Ian Cohen looks at the nature of disruption and examines what the explosion of data, the impact of social and the emergence of hyperconnectivity will mean for business and technology leaders.
Previously start-ups shipped their arms - but now they're fully-loaded commando units gunning not just for your business but your entire market
People who have become successful at doing what they've always done rarely see or recognise the opportunities for disruptive change that new entrants spot with laser-like clarity, writes Ian Cohen. read more
Clarifying the complex legal world that surrounds the modern business and its technology relationships.
The DSM is another step in a series of moves by the EU to combat the dominance of US-based technology firms in Europe
There is a strong feeling in the Commission that the EU has surrendered ground to non-EU based digital superpowers and essentially forfeited its digital independence. The EU's aim is to move towards a strategy which will reinforce Europe's digital authority and its digital sovereignty. read more
Observations and editorials from the CIO UK Editor in Chief Mark Chillingworth with a particular focus on leadership and team building.
The anti-austerity parties sounded like a clarion call for more public sector money without analysis of how to drive efficiency
A simplistic fight between the factions on austerity or growth was out of touch with the needs of business, communities and individuals to have a UK that is a better place to live, work and trade in. read more
Former ICI CIO Richard Sykes looks at the trends affecting his former peers with a particular interest in leadership, outsourcing and cloud based technologies.
Open digital borders across Europe will feed the competitiveness of the ICT vendors you procure from
Ensure that you are well informed on the issues around the EU Commission's drive for a Digital Single Market. It could be very important for the future competitiveness of your business, writes Richard Sykes. read more
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, director of professionalism Adam Thilthorpe raises awareness of the changes in the profession; its challenges and the opportunities.
Adam has taken over the BCS CIO blog from David Clarke, who transformed BCS into the customer-service oriented professional body for the IT and Communications profession. The Institute has grown its membership to over 70,000, and is one of the world's largest IT examination institutes, running more than 30,000 examinations a month around the world.
You cannot outsource understanding of the organisation and how it innovates
The world of recruitment, not only in IT but across the board, is a rapidly-changing environment where the recruitment process is under pressure from all sides and CIOs and HR professionals need to work together to get the best result to suit their business. read more
The public sector can revolutionise the way it operates and the services it offers tax payers. Former specialist adviser to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, NHS IT Director and Microsoft UK CTO Jerry Fishenden explores how.
We need a relentless refocus on frontline workers and improved services – an outside-in citizen perspective
Just as earlier technology-enabled change displaced many roles – such as those of the holer, coupler, rubbler and rover – so too many current organisations retain jobs and processes that are increasingly obsolete hangovers from the pre-digital era read more
A previous member of the CIO 100 Ian Cox writes about issues and trends relevant to CIOs and the evolution of the CIO role.
CIOs need to position themselves as business leaders, who happen to have an interest in technology
It has never been a better time to be a CIO; the technologies that are changing the businesses landscape are also creating opportunities for CIOs to become true business leaders. And CIOs that can make the transition from technology leaders to business leaders will be rewarded with greater influence, a higher profile and a broader remit within their organisations. read more
Former head of IT at brand marketing specialists Imagination, Matt Ballantine looks at how the new wave of consumerised, commoditised technologies is devolving decision making outside of the CIO estate into other business functions - and how this trickles down to the end-user.
The pace of technological change is outpacing our legal and business regulation at an exponential pace
What does a technology strategy look like that accepts that change is happening and is persistent? Maybe it's time to stop thinking about control, and start thinking about shaping platforms instead. read more
Insight from Pat Brans into ways in which technology is used to boost workforce productivity.
The best managers concede team members are smarter than they are, and get on with managing highly skilled workers
There are still a lot of people out there who are smarter than you. Many of them still need to work for a living, so hire as many of them as you can. read more
Catherine Stagg-Macey has spent over twenty years in the technology and insurance sectors. She has experience in a wide range of roles from programmer, project manager, leader and strategy advisor. In her last role at Celent, she established and lead the European Insurance practice. Passionate about people, she retrained as a coach and now runs her own business offering leadership coaching, workshops and facilitation to the technology industry. She also retains an advisory role with the widely respected Novarica advising insurers on IT investment decisions.
Leadership isn't about consensus - we have to stick our head above the parapet in service of our own bigger vision
I do want to challenge this notion that as leaders we are not able to go ahead with something without 100% buy-in, write CIO and leadership coach Catherine Stagg-Macey. Leadership takes courage to have an idea and to be willing to stand up for that idea. Leaders needs the guts to stand-alone and look ridiculous in service of your tribe finding you. read more
Insight and background analysis by the analyst house Freeform Dynamics. This blog adds additional colour to the reports and data collated by the UK based analysts.
Where are you on your continuous delivery journey?
Despite the challenges it is perfectly possible to implement DevOps at a strategic level. Dale Vile looks at the open source tools, IT vendors, and cultural transformations that CIOs need to be aware of when trying to create an agile business through continuous delivery. read more
The CEB looks into the trends shaping board level and business and the CIO’s role at the boardroom table.
It's clear that CEOs recognise the strength of their CIO and are giving them responsibility in other areas of the business
The vast majority of business leaders' goals can only be achieved through the use of technology. In this environment, the functional boundaries between IT and other parts of the business are blurring and groups such as Sales, R&D, HR and Marketing are allocating a growing slice of their budgets to technology and experimenting with new technology capabilities to meet their objectives. read more
As organisations become increasingly data driven, using data based insights for sales and marketing the need for high quality data increases. Expert in the field of master data management Andy Hayler shares his research and insight.
Three decades on we see that data management has come a very long way and that much has been achieved
Databases have continued to innovate considerably since those days, with the development of OLAP cubes for decision support data, columnar databases that more efficiently process business intelligence queries, through to multi-parallel processing approaches to better apply processing power to burgeoning database sizes. read more
Head of IT at a London-based leader in the digital gift card and voucher industry, Chaida Kapfunde writes about web technology, digital trends and the implications of IT policy and regulatory reforms.
New columnist Chaida Kapfunde will be among those commending the EU for committing to the Open Internet if net neutrality laws are approved
March 12, 2014 marked the 25th birthday of the internet. If you were fortunate enough to miss its pre-teenage years of dial-up, you may well fail to appreciate how the up-shift in speed and continuous availability of the internet has changed how we all communicate, interact and exchange multi-media on demand. read more
Vice president of security research at Trend Micro Rik Ferguson discusses and questions modern attitudes and strategies to information security and the technology that provides it.
Given the EU Data Protection Directive and its forthcoming translation into national laws, the increasing interest in insurance should perhaps come as no surprise
A Marsh Risk Management Report entitled "Benchmarking Trends: Interest in Cyber Insurance Continues to Climb", shows that the market for cyber insurance continues to grow apace. According to Marsh, demand for Cyber Risk Insurance grew by 21% across all industries compared to 2013 and early indications for 2014 appear to confirm continued growth. read more
An exclusive and very personal discussion on the role of technology in modern business and life by the UK’s most successful and significant software company founder, Mike Lynch founder of Autonomy
On November 20th 2012, HP made a series of serious and damaging allegations about the management team of Autonomy.
As you are aware, Hewlett Packard remains locked in dispute with a group of its own shareholders and with the former management team of Autonomy over its purchase of Autonomy. I write to you today to raise serious concerns about the way HP has conducted this affair, and to put forward a number of questions that HP management should answer. read more
Former Global CIO at Rolls-Royce, Dr Jonathan Mitchell is non-executive chairman of Harvey Nash's CIO practice.
And is a 'Digital Ceiling' holding back female professionals in the technology industry?
As the Harvey Nash CIO Survey enters its 16th year, Jonathan Mitchell asks whether there is a 'Digital Ceiling' for female professionals entering the technology industry. read more
Thoughts and analysis from the insights consultancy firm KPMG and its CIO division.
Making the business more focused on what matters to the customer may be the most important thing that today’s CIO can do for their organisation
These days it seems that everybody is focused on becoming more ‘customer-centric’. But how many have taken a customer-centric view of their technology environment? read more
Former board level CTO and CIO Rorie Devine looks at the relationship between the board and company strategy and the role of the CIO.
Insights from former Betfair CTO and now heading up Team CXO.com
The Big Data hype is growing exponentially. If you believe the hype in the time it took write this three gazillion petabytes of big data marketing collateral has been created. Big data sounds cool and is trendy, but what is big data? Should CIOs be implementing big data strateies and if so how? read more