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.
Why is there so little acquisition of innovative start-ups going on outside the tech sector?
When big companies struggle by their nature to innovate, Matt Ballantine writes, organiations should look at pursuing the acquisition path as a catalyst for their successful digital strategy. 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.
Tax collector is far from under resourced; it needs to focus on the future and the community it serves
In Charlotte Jee’s excellent interview HMRC sounds like a department that refuses to face up to the need for change in the way major Whitehall departments operate. Especially given that the nation’s debt is the equivalent of 88.1% of our GDP. read more
But you need the right IT environment to support it
People who feel good while doing their job tend to work better, contribute more and stick around longer. Of course this principle is nothing new – especially with regards to professional workers. Keep people happy and the business benefits from the increased ongoing productivity and the reduced time and money spent on recruitment. read more
Is Usain Bolt a better runner than Mo Farah? Of course it depends on how far you need to run
Partner at law firm Morrison and Foerster Alistair Maughan notes that when negotiating cloud contracts and reviewing agreements, CIOs should bear in mind that it may have been "shortened and simplified" by the omission of key legal protections. read more
Stakeholder management and relationship building can be more important for a CIO than a seat on the board and a direct reporting line to the CEO
At the recent CIO Plus event Rob Fraser, the former CIO of Sainsbury's, talked about the importance of building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders throughout the business. Fraser explained how he made time for networking with his peers within the C-suite at the supermarket business and how he viewed this as a key part of his role as CIO. 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.
A creative blend of engineering and entrepreneurship will fuel a new culture of digital public service management
The planning, running and management of our public services has often diverged from the real-time data-driven insights and operations of the best organisations elsewhere. Yet timely, reliable and high quality information has always been essential to plan and run our public services. read more
Is the all-things-to-all-people approach in new Microsoft OS destined to burst into flames or rock the world?
Will Windows 10 be Microsoft's lead zeppelin - a giant monster destined to burst into flames and fall spectacularly to the ground? Or will Windows 10 be Microsoft's Led Zeppelin - a dominant force that surprises us all precisely because somebody dared to do things differently? read more
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
Can the CIO lead a new business based on the digital economy alongside the existing model, ready for a big switch?
In my experience many organisations are struggling with the relationship between strategy, IT and digital. The smart organisations are racing ahead knowing that they are all entwined. Thus to talk about business strategy, digital strategy and IT strategy as three separate activities is to really miss the point. 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.
The UK is lagging behind the US and rest of Europe in utilising social media and creating a true internet-era political party
Technology and the internet have transformed the way we do business. IT-enabled business change is a common term today. We're all horizon scanning to ensure that we can disrupt our own businesses and stay ahead of the competition. Digital leaders and CIOs are becoming an ever more familiar sight on boards around the globe and the Government is adopting digital by default, delivering Government-as-a-Platform and creating digital leaders. 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
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
Former JLT Group and Associated Newspapers CIO Ian Cohen looks at the disruption facing businesses and the CIO, and what the explosion of data points and the emergence of the hyperconnectivity and the Internet of Things will mean for CIOs.