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The next government must radically overhaul Whitehall

Defending legacy is akin to a tortoise being proud it outlived the dinosaurs, ignoring that mammals are the dominant species

Whatever shape or colour the post May 7 British government is, one thing is certain, it must use its term in office to modernise the civil service beyond recognition. Failure to do so will impact the economy, slow repayment of the deficit, decrease the UK's competitiveness and continue to fail citizens and critical public sector workers such as teachers, nurses, armed forces and rescue services. read more

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Cloud data security standards reach new heights?

Could Microsoft's decision to adopt of the ISO/IEC 27018 spur other cloud service providers into action?

Is Microsoft's adoption of the ISO/IEC 27018 cloud data privacy standard the start of a journey or just an isolated step? read more

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The Flat White Economy - Disrupting the IT vendor oligopoly

The oligopoly is broken and the contemporary CIO should now be taking a proactive role to market-making

There is a fast developing thrust of young and highly determined tech ventures whose 'offers' spread across the breadth of the requirements of the contemporary enterprise – and they are here in the UK, writes Richard Sykes in CIO UK. 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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Improving front line services

'Digital' is about reshaping the public sector, not just 'online services'

This is the perfect opportunity to implement the digital-era organisational and management practices in government that have succeeded elsewhere, writes Jerry Fishenden. 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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Dot Everyone and the CIO

Every IT professional has the ability to shape our digital world

Martha Lane-Fox has called for us all, individuals, leaders, politicians to step up to the plate and enable the UK to truly benefit from the internet. Now CIOs need to shift from implementing other people's strategies and instead have the vision and capability to set the strategy and be disruptive. read more

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Enterprise-wide content management - It's easier said than done

CIOs should not underestimate the challenges involved in trying to consolidate all information under a single system

While it's certainly good for CIOs to have control over content management, CIOs who have that authority and then try to consolidate all content under a single system may be taking on more work than they want, writes Pat Brans. read more

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Themes from the CIO 100

Leaders who get what it takes to be a CIO in the digital age and will continue to grow their influence and remit

It has never been more important for CIOs to position themselves as leaders of business transformation in addition to the their traditional role of technology change. Ian Cox looks at themes from the 2015 CIO 100 and provides insight into how the role of the CIO and the IT function are evolving fast. 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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The rough CIO travel guide

The key phrases for CIOs to use if their desired destination is the boardroom

Ade McCormack looks at the key phrases to use - and avoid - if the CIO is to gain acceptance with the locals if their desired destination is the boardroom. 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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Business as a platform

Should you be thinking about moving from being a service provider to platform provider?

Perhaps it's the right time to start reframing the provision of technology within organisations as being about providing platforms upon which others can build - a move towards Business as a Platform, writes Matt Ballantine. read more

The Disruptive CIO

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The Disruptive CIO

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.

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Who's Next? Meet the new boss - same as the old boss

The time has long passed when executives could be proud of their lack of IT knowledge as a badge of honour

In his first column for CIO UK, Ian Cohen says technology and the 'digital journey' is a culture and now everyone's job - and it's the responsibility of each person across an organisation to be able to speak the right language if they're not to get fooled again during their digital journey. read more

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Strategic DevOps Adoption - What CIOs need to know

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

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Re-building the role of enterprise technology

The right combination of leadership, talent, infrastructure and data are the four pillars of what CIOs must focus on

Where are the CIOs of tomorrow are going to come from and what are the leadership qualities that they will need to possess? Mike Altendorf looks at creating a more trusting relationship between business and technology, which fosters a common understanding around what is needed to stay ahead in next wave of digital disruption 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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Let's talk less and listen more

Our colleagues and staff have more to offer, if only we'd let them

When we empower our employees and colleagues to think for themselves they are remarkably creative and resourceful, writes Catherine Stagg-Macey. 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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Three roles that CIOs will be asked to take on next

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

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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Looking back at Data Management

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

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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

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

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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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