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Do more of your apps deserve better DR?

It's time to democratise disaster recovery

What does IT disaster recovery (DR) mean to you? Does it bring to mind racks of equipment sitting in a computer centre somewhere powered down or in an idle state waiting to be cycled up? If this is the case, it might be time for you to think again. read more

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Build from the bottom up, or turns things upside down?

A new 'top down' approach is being adopted by brands big and small who see that this kind of uncoupling is the only way they can be truly agile

The idea that you 'build from the bottom up' is one of those basic, accepted principles of living. Everything has to start with a solid foundation – a building, a relationship, a story, a team – you name it it's 'built from the bottom up'. And technology is no exception. read more

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How a leading American CIO dances with vendors

How Sam Lamonica juggles being CIO of Rosedin Electric and non-executive director for four technology companies in Silicon Valley

The view from an American CIO who also serves as a non-executive director for a number of technology companies. 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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Now That's What I Call the CIO Playlist!

The essential mix, as compiled by Ade McCormack. Tell us your suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter

I spend a fair amount of time working with CIOs to increase their strategic relevance. Practical advice is all well and good until it comes into contact with the day to day operational tempest that invariably leads to CIO aspiration returning to IT manager reality. read more

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Britain's canals offer CIOs & vendors a cloud lesson

Summer reflections of a former CIO

Strategic thinking with fuzzy boundaries are required of CIOs and their board level peers as Cloud computing sets to disrupt your business the way Richard Trevithick's first locomotive did to the once dominant canal market. 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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The era of public service fossilisation is nearing its end

It's better technology and better leadership that counts

Would anyone deliberately design our public services like they are today? Probably not – many of them are the accidental, Heath Robinson-like creations of decades of reactive legislative, policy and organisational change. Far from helping streamline and simplify public services, all too often technology has instead fossilised processes, legislation, policies, structures and organisations at an arbitrary moment in time. 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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Why IT needs a climate change

Getting the most out of IT talent may be the single most important responsibility for IT leaders

IT teams face rapid change. Digitisation, innovation, and Big Data may be buzzwords, but they point to real upheavals in the way IT teams work. read more

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Collaborative communications the key CIO leadership skills

Teams that are restricted by a process or leadership style of excessive authority fail to communicate amongst themselves, with their peers and ultimately their customers, which in turn leads to failure.

Communications and collaboration are two skills that are absolutely essential to success and leadership. read more

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Cloud security battle in a New York courtroom

The US government believes that Microsoft – as a US-headquartered company – should turn over to it any data within Microsoft's possession, custody or control regardless of the location of that information

Corporate cloud users in Europe could be excused for spending their summers more wisely than monitoring New York court decisions. But one on-going case – pitching Microsoft head-to-head with the US government – could shape the approach to future cloud use. 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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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

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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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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