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.
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
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.
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
IT vendors are builders, is it time we transformed the business model?
When McLaren needed a specialist building to bring together its three businesses it went to Foster and Partners, the famous architects, for a solution. When an organisation has distinct requirements from a property it doesn't go to a building contractor or to a property management firm. read more
Clauses full of hereintofore and howsoever really ought to have no place in modern commercial contracting
One of my concerns is the poor state of many contracts within the ICT sector, so how should IT contracts be written? MoFo partner Alistair Maughan provides his key tips to producing a good contract document. read more
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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