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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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Government as a Platform player

Success depends on the right mix of engineering, entrepreneurship and evangelism – not just 'building things' in-house

The success of 'Government as a Platform' will require far more than technical engineering alone: moving to GaaP is not about some simplistic idea of "building things" but represents a radical disruption to the way our public services are conceived, designed, operated and delivered, writes Jerry Fishenden. read more

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Evolution is key to CIO success

Survival of the fittest - or those best adapted to change?

CIOs have a reputation for having relatively short tenures when compared to other members of the C-suite - but those that continually evolve the organisation's IT capability will become one of the stronger members of the C-suite and will see their survival rates growing as a result. read more

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The real innovation in the cloud

There is much to be paranoid about, and much to be optimistic about in the maturing cloud industry

Cloud Industry Forum UK Cloud Awards show there is much plenty of innovation happening in the maturing cloud services market. 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 Digital Debate - Politics is ripe for disruption

If you were to design government now, from scratch, what would be the minimum viable product?

Government has largely stayed the same and has been satisfied to ignore whole demographics that neither vote nor engage with the political process. But companies die if they adopt the same tactic - will digital hasten the disruption in government to supply services people want, rather than what the organisation wants? read more

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Big Data is not about size, it's how you use it that counts

Most companies are still doing very little with all the information they're accumulating

After establishing the difference between an exabyte, zettabyte, and terabyte, and how much data you'd have produced if you had been typing non-stop since the Big Bang, Pat Brans asks how can an organisation put in place structures to ensure they make good use of the data they collect? 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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Regulated innovation - The digital strategy takeover

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

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

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HMRC is obsessed with legacy instead of modernisation

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

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End user computing 'feel-good' factor is good for business

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

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When negotiating cloud contracts, short isn't always sweet

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

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CIOs have gotta have faith

Digital agenda for CIOs means operational excellence is just a safety net, watch Channel 4 for vision

There is a new side, which is about creativity, experience and engagement, which is exemplified by Channel 4 and its CIO Kevin Gallagher. 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

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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CIO as a change agent and 'internal' start-up CEO

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

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

The Disruptive CIO

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The Disruptive CIO

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.

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