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.
What should we make of the Big Data providers supporting the 31 teams that didn't win the World Cup, and why is no-one is using Big Data analytics to select their Big Data implementations?
Two interesting Big Data stories emerged from tech providers in the days after the four-yearly football jamboree had come to a close in Rio. The first, that Microsoft's Bing and Cortana products correctly predicted 15 out of 16 matches in the knockout stages, and the second that SAP data products helped the German team to win the tournament. There we go, then. That's the case for Big Data successfully closed. read more
History will not repeat itself and allow Microsoft to remain dominant argues former business technology leader
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s recent memo is a statement of where he wants to take the company, which is not as nimble as it once was. Nadella’s vision puts mobility and cloud computing first. read more
If you think users are pressurising you today in terms of their personal technology demands, you need to be aware that what you are experiencing is in fact the pre-storm calm
Often as CIOs it is very easy to get caught up in the present; data centre 'fires', talent outages and so on. If you manage to book some time with your thoughts you might even reflect on social media, analytics and mobility. These are important but if we want a guiding star to provide us with an overall sense of direction I suggest we reflect on the user of the future. read more
What can CIOs learn from IBM's CxO study results that may help them firmly establish themselves as a member of the CEO's inner circle?
IBM's recently published study into how members of the C-suite are working together to prepare for the digital era contains some key takeaways for CIOs who want to play a bigger role in shaping and leading the digital transformation of their organisation. The report, Exploring the Inner Circle, is based on face-to-face interviews with 4,183 CxOs from around the world and explores what makes an effective C-suite, how C-suite members interact with each other and how this impacts on financial performance. 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.
The death of the CIO is greatly exaggerated, but the evolution of the role is not
In a conversation with a CIO about mitigating IT project failures, I commented that leadership can often be the required antidote in certain change programmes. I was referring to the ability to connect and communicate with stakeholders and motivate staff in particular. It's often referred to with some squeamishness by those in our industry - usually air-parenthesis - as the soft stuff. 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.
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.
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.
If you have any doubt about the excitement level around Big Data, consider this. Cloudera, a provider of Hadoop-based software and services founded in 2008, recently did a round of venture capital fund-raising. In its 2009 financing round it raised $5 million from Accel. read more
Stored credentials could expose your corporate network
The CIO community is talking a great deal about the concept of Reverse Mentoring to learn from the Generation Y workforce that is entering organisation, but also changing consumer patterns. Jack Vile, born in 1995, the year the Editor in Chief started work, adds to our diversity of voices with a view for the under-20s joining the workforce. 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