Clarifying the complex legal world that surrounds the modern business and its technology relationships.
Clarifying the complex legal world that surrounds the modern business and its technology relationships.
The FCA identifies three risks that it feels are specific to cloud-based solutions over-and-above 'normal' outsourced technology services
It's been a long wait but the UK's financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has published proposed guidance for UK-regulated financial services firms when using cloud-based ICT solutions. Although the proposed guidance raises as many questions as it answers, the main take-away for regulated financial services firms ought to be that some form of guidance as a framework for cloud adoption is better than nothing. read more
Entrepreneurial Vision by Mike Altendorf
Understanding the importance of competition
Understanding the importance of competition and the role it plays in our lives is becoming an important weapon in the war for talent read more
Catherine Stagg-Macey has spent more than 20 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 executive and team coaching, workshops and facilitation to the technology industry. She also has advisory roles with a handful of organisations, as is a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation.
Relationship systems intelligence - working on team EQ will be more valuable than taking your team white-water rafting
If you want to let your team blow off some steam or reward them for hard work, then a sushi course or abseiling may well do the job, writes Catherine Stagg-Macey. 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.
Digital transformation, disruption and the increasing pace of change - are you using current business and technology lingo correctly?
Digital transformation, disruption and the increasing pace of change - it may be inconceivable but are you actually using words and phrases common to the business and technology landscape correctly? 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.
Ecosystem is starting to resonate
An enterprise that is well advanced in its journey ‘into the cloud’ and into the world of the mobile smart ‘phone, will be building its operations on well-selected platform(s) (hybrid most likely) that support a growing variety of (sourced) Services and Apps – an ecosystem of capabilities specifically tuned to delivering the performance objectives of the enterprise. 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 real challenge is not technology - but to move from a bureaucracy-centric culture to a service-oriented one
The real challenge in government has never been the technology, writes Jerry Fishenden, but how to move successfully from a bureaucracy-centric culture to a service-oriented one. 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.
Learn fast - an alternative for CIOs to the trendy 'fail fast' approach
Developing a culture, processes and systems that are consistent with learning fast is a key step in preparing a business for the challenges of digital, writes Ian Cox read more
Observations and editorials from the CIO UK Editor in Chief Mark Chillingworth with a particular focus on leadership and team building.
Policing in the UK needs a vision and leadership, not to be mugged off with being told to cut
For ministers to just wield another round of cuts without devising a new vision and strategy for how policing will work in the near and medium term future is short sighted and offensive. 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.
Employers need to change some attitudes to cultivate the skills for future disruption
Businesses have to develop strategies to upgrade their skills base and ensure their people are focused on the potential for change as well as the day-to-day, writes Adam Thilthorpe from BCS. 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 value proposition of your IT function needs to be revisited as more and more gets sucked into the cloud
Would you and your people prefer to spend most of your time splicing cables, replacing memory cards and telling users to reboot their device? Or would you prefer your IT function to look like the ops room of the Counter Terrorist Unit or even NASA? read more
Insight from Pat Brans into ways in which technology is used to boost workforce productivity.
It's time for UK CIOs to find a safer place to dock their ships
What happens next with Safe Harbor? The best thing for UK companies and CIOs, writes Pat Brans, is keep their data out of the United States and to insist that all cloud providers they use in Europe do not outsource storage services to data centres the US. 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.
There is a gap around business transformation that isn't being filled, and human resources can help
It's time for HR to move away from the transactional and measurement-based side of human resources and collaborate with technology and other functions to help provide platforms for working, writes Matt Ballantine. read more
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
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
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
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
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