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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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Of lipstick and pigs in government

The obsession with websites has become to digital government as paper forms were to analogue government

As a new, beta Government Digital Service emerges phoenix-like from the alpha of old, it is the rebalance of focus on the pig rather than just the lipstick that will help meaningfully transform public services, writes Jerry Fishenden. read more

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How to secure your mobile apps - Starter tips for CIOs

Procedures and policy as important to CIOs as an enterprise mobile application's behaviour

A great starter list of things IT directors might do to protect themselves from insidious code embedded in mobile apps - CIOs who follow these recommendations are sure to sleep better at night. read more

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IT contracts - A question of balance

Contract language needs to be read in accordance with common sense, and not in a pedantic fashion

A number of my colleagues in the legal profession are not doing all they could to moderate excessive demands in IT deals and move towards a middle ground where sustainable long term relationships will better flourish, writes Alistair Maughan. 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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Life after prison - From Warden to Hotel Manager

What type of model is more appropriate for overseeing the technology estate at your organisation?

Back in the day, life was easier and we could run the IT function as a prison service, where you were the governor - but now there is no choice but to embrace the service ethic and become hotel general managers, writes Ade McCormack. read more

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How CIOs can lead the conversation

Boeing Chief Information Officer Ted Colbert, and the steps the CIO should take to being proactive rather than passive

Ian Cox discusses the leadership philosophy of Boeing CIO Ted Colbert, and outlines the steps Chief Information Officers can take to help them start leading the conversation at their own 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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There is a distinct difference between producers and leaders

Although a C-level position is the topmost rung on the career ladder, that doesn't negate the need for support.

I recently read that the mark of a great leader is either ability to understand and think like everyone in their team. I couldn't agree more. Many of us, and I count myself amongst them, become managerial because we have excelled as product people. 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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I'll tell what the smile on my face meant

It's incredibly hard to be genuinely open to all things

I’m often asked why I left corporate life so suddenly. What was the catalyst, will I go back and other related questions. And as I hear those questions I also hear a tune in my head: read more

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Winning the war for talent

For millennials however the digital environment is the frontier

Three key attributes a CIO must have to recruit, manage and retain a talated team 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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eMeetings bloody eMeetings

Has the technology that we provide to enable people to work collaboratively has missed the point?

The benefit that sustains meetings as a thing isn't the content or the structure - it's the side conversations and the building of bonds. 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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Are myths getting in the way of managing Millennials?

Treating Millennials as a homogenous group who have unique requirements in how we manage them isn't helpful

In managing Millennials, we should treat them like we treat anyone else – as a human being with unique interests, hopes, fear and expectations. Be curious about the person in front of you - and don't let their generational label get in the way of being in good relationships. 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

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

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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