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The good, the bad and the ridiculous

Technology moves on, vendor offerings mature and business needs change - CIOs who do not keep up with these developments are failing in their duty to the organisation

CIOs never cease to amaze me. And I mean that in both a positive and negative sense. On the positive side we have CIOs such as Stephen Kneebone, Phil Jordan and Christina Scott who topped this year's CIO 100. These CIOs are using technology to help transform their organisations. They are both business and technology leaders, and they are contributing much more than technical expertise to their organisations. read more

BCS CIO blog

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BCS CIO blog

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.

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The Internet of Things and data collection

We should be working to not only develop the technology, but also tackle the subsequent questions of data privacy

According the Gartner Hype Cycle for 2014, the Internet of Things is at the height of the peak of inflated expectations and is estimated to take 5-10 years to reach its plateau. Five to ten years may seem like a long time but many organisations are already laying the ground work for their products and services to be competitive in the environment of the Internet of Things (IoT). What does this mean for the CIO, what are the priorities today in developing technologies that are interconnected? read more

Digital Devolution

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Digital Devolution

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.

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The three stages of digital evolution

The Chief Digital Officer's challenge is to unite activity, and not become just another voice at the table

This summer I've spent quite a bit of my time talking to people across a diverse set of UK organisations about how digital and social channels are changing the nature of how they interact with customers. It's been fascinating to get a snapshot of quite how diverse this digital thing is in 2014 - some trailblazers, some laggards, and an awful lot of businesses somewhere in between. read more

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America, take a break!

Those of us who live in the UK, Germany, or France pay ourselves a dividend in the form of time off work - but Americans seem to prefer suffering

September is a time of renewal for the British, German, and French, most of whom take a few weeks off sometime between June and August. The prevailing attitude in these countries is that paid time off work is a fundamental right. But my compatriots in the US don't have the same attitudes about vacations, and it's getting worse. read more

Mastering Data Management

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Mastering Data Management

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.

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Blurred Lines - The data quality and master data haze

Data quality has rarely been seen as a sexy subject, so the lure of a more fashionable, faster growing market is easy to see from the perspective of a data quality vendor

Software analysts love to define distinct markets in which enterprise software is sold, such as databases or security. In some cases, though, the lines between such things are hazier, and adjacent software markets start to overlap. One area where this is becoming ever more apparent are the markets for data quality and master data management. read more

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Award your IT teams and projects

CIO’s parent company has awards and journalists keen to showcase the talent in business technology leadership

“This is a really great place to work, we’re doing some really interesting things,” several CIOs in the last few weeks have uttered this sentence or one like it. They weren’t boasting, they were discussing the opportunities their organisations offer, yet these same CIOs struggle to recruit key IT skills. In recognition of this challenge, IDG, publishers of CIO UK has two projects that enable organisations to showcase the talent they have and the technology developments they create. read more

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Have you planned for a 'friendly' DDoS attack?

Being ill-prepared costs

Malicious Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks do not occur often. Nevertheless, for an enterprise trying to stay in business they are difficult to resist. The concept of a 'friendly' DDoS attack may, therefore, seem fanciful or even impossible. But it can occur in highly specific circumstances (and not ones simulating a malicious DDoS attack). If you are not prepared for a 'friendly' DDoS attack then the consequences may be costly. read more

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Customer privacy is a European CIO priority

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

Political Debate

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Political Debate

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.

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It’s not about technology, but about better organisations

Good tech leaders are unfreezing the past

Technology being poorly used is nothing new. In 1998, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology warned that poorly managed IT risked making problems worse, freezing organisations and their existing structures, hierarchies, processes and services at a moment in time. read more

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The Internet of Things and the law

Tech sector rides the wave while lawmakers struggle in its wake

If there's a recurring theme of this blog, it's probably that the gap is continually widening between what technology can do and the laws that exist to regulate technology and its capabilities. From offshoring to cloud to the right to be forgotten, regulators are in constant catch-up mode, seeking with increasing desperation to apply old legal norms to ever more sophisticated technologies. read more

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Are you speaking the right language?

CIOs must not get lost in translation

CIOs should assume leadership responsibility for building the bridge between business and technology but that bridge is going to be pretty unstable unless it’s well supported. read more

IT Value Stack

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IT Value Stack

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.

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I, User

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

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Hey! You! Get Off My Cloud!

Does your company have any hosted or Cloud-based services in use today’ scored 48% ‘Yes’ in 2010, 78% in 2014

The Cloud-word has become a talisman – an ill-defined concept that the marketing folk have run riot with. read more

Coaching tips

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Coaching tips

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.

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What makes for a great CIO? The answer might well lie in the soft stuff

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

Digital webs

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Digital webs

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.

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The paradox of abandoning net neutrality

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

Security Trends

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Security Trends

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.

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Top tips for investigating cyber risk insurance

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

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Mike Lynch's open letter to the HP shareholders

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

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Global CIO trends - embracing disruption and social

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

CEB

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CEB

The CEB looks into the trends shaping board level and business and the CIO’s role at the boardroom table.

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The biggest misconceptions about shadow IT

CIOs should stop trying to deter business-led IT or control it. Instead, they need to build a new model for engaging with business partners

Although much has been written aboust shadow IT, three big misconceptions prevail. read more

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Creating a customer-focused IT environment

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

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Big Data, all hype or an opportunity?

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

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