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.
Through coaching senior executives, I am often asked or drawn to offer books that help a client better understand a certain issue or topic. The areas that come up frequently are work/life balance, team dynamics, change and stepping into authentic leadership that inspires other people. The books I list below go some way to cover that broad range of topics. read more
More of the same in 2015, but at an accelerating pace
As the old year draws to a close it's time for CIOs and analysts to reflect on the developments of the past year and gaze into the crystal ball to work out just what 'revolutions' 2015 will bring. This time last year my colleague Dale Vile forecast that technology tidal waves would be few and far between, not to say non-existent. read more
2015 will be another challenging year for the CIO role, but with those challenges comes opportunity for those CIOs that can adapt to the needs of the digital business
It has been another challenging year for CIOs; there has been continued speculation about whether there is a long-term need for the CIO role and plenty of headlines about other areas of the business becoming more involved in technology decisions and holding their own IT budgets. Will 2015 see more of the same or will there be new topics to concern CIOs? 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.
Improving IT contracting relationships through meditation as part of the governance process
Could you improve IT contracting relationships by including meditation clauses as part of the governance process - and what's the legalese definition of an 'idea', and the real definition of 'ideation'? 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.
How do we continue to motivate our teams, year in year out, from project to project?
IT delivers so much and we need to shout about it and make sure that the rest of the organisation understands it. This is something you can do as CIO. It'll not only help in making the team feel good to see their name in lights, but it will also help you ensure that your team are recognised as the centre of excellence for all things technology, disruptive and innovative. 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.
The impact of the digital age raises fundamental questions about the role of government that few seem to be asking - and even fewer answering
"Digitizing Government: Understanding and Implementing New Business Models" has just been published, the book I've co-authored with Alan Brown and Mark Thompson. We finished it early this year, and it's been "in the works" at the publishers until now. That delay has been frustrating at times in the fast-moving digital world, although there's also something rather endearing about traditional publishing still operating in such a timeless way. 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.
Those in a position of influence need to consider what role the CIO is to play going forward
It is becoming increasingly apparent to both business leaders and shareholders that the world is changing and that new technology is both driving these changes and enabling organisational readjustment. read more
Navigating the privacy challenge means that firms must elevate privacy conversations to the board level and embed privacy in their business process planning
Customers value tailored offerings. And consumers are increasingly aware of what Forrester calls the "privacy-personalisation paradox" - that is, the paradox between their desire for personalisation and their desire to keep their data private. read more
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
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
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
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