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.
'Forwarding to Hotmail' has breen rebranded as 'Shadow IT' - but what else is holding organisations back from affecting business change?
The delivery of software services into organisations follows a common pattern. Some sort of need is identified, that need is investigated, some sort of software is procured (either bought or built) and the software is implemented alongside some sort of business change. read more
CIOs investing in Labs and the 'full stack start-up' model could be the board heroes of tomorrow
There are articles that you read to pass the time, articles that educate and articles that actually radically transform your outlook. The latter don't come along very often, in fact for someone as old and set in his ways as I am they are as rare as hen's teeth but I came across one such article last week. And it wasn't so much an article as a phrase. One of those phrases that you feel will turn out to be hugely significant in the not too distant future. That phrase was 'full stack start-up'. read more
The maxim “knowledge is power” was first coined by Sir Francis Bacon in the 16th century. We risk losing track of this in the deluge of raw data generated in the modern technology-driven organisation. 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.
As a coach, I see this imposter syndrome really kick in for people when they make big shifts in their career
A client has recently resigned as CEO of a successful digital media agency to make space to think through his next career move. Within days, he was getting calls from his network to come help out in a variety of capacities such as board director and consultant. 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.
Successful organisations integrate digital culture and values into their core; they don't view it as some optional, lesser after-thought
There was a time in the early to mid-2000s when I thought we needed a "digital manifesto" or "manifesto for technology" – something that would set out clearly and in plain English how technology would improve our public services. What a dumb idea that was: why would anyone publish a separate "digital manifesto" – any more than a political party would publish a separate "office furniture manifesto" or "electricity manifesto"? 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.
Exclusive retailer Harrods offers an excellent example of master data management in practice, and helps explain why more and more companies are adopting it
Given that master data management (MDM) is perhaps the fastest growing enterprise software segment at the moment, it is interesting to have a look at why this might be: what are companies actually doing with it? read more
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
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.
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
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