A previous member of the CIO 100 Ian Cox writes about issues and trends relevant to CIOs and the evolution of the CIO role.
A previous member of the CIO 100 Ian Cox writes about issues and trends relevant to CIOs and the evolution of the CIO role.
An open letter to CEOs on the steps they can take to support their CIO in shaping an organisation's digital future
To get the most out of your CIO, you need to give them the right support, remit and profile within the organisation. Here is an open letter to CEOs, with five steps they can take to ensure your CIO can help shape your organisation's digital journey. read more
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.
Set up an innovation centre - an exercise in expectation management where you show users the art of the possible
Innovation projects can range from turning today's technology into operational value through to turning tomorrow's technology into business reinvention. Get this right and you will be presiding over your own lean startup, where the users define the path of the business. read more
Observations and editorials from the CIO UK Editor in Chief Mark Chillingworth with a particular focus on leadership and team building.
Abuse your position and suffer the consequences, whatever your business role or model
Throughout the turmoil of change, be it digital or austerity led, one thing will remain true. Organisations – of whatever type – that have and understand a strong community will survive read more
Former ICI CIO Richard Sykes looks at the trends affecting his former peers with a particular interest in leadership, outsourcing and cloud based technologies.
Chief Information Officers are well placed to tackle the complex agenda around organisational and cultural change
The contemporary Chief Information Officer is strongly positioned to understand the factors that both hinder and drive the productivity challenge in their enterprise, writes former CIO Richard Sykes. read more
Clarifying the complex legal world that surrounds the modern business and its technology relationships.
Tackling legal issues early on can help build a foundation to scale a startup or small business
There is no right answer to growing a small business. But, by paying attention to a few basic legal steps, any growth business will maximise its chances of creating and preserving value, and becoming an efficient and valuable business. 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.
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
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.
CIOs have the experience to teach other departments who no longer have a monopoly internal service
CIOs should be leading conversations about what support services should look like in the digital era, and helping other service departments in organisations to come to terms with what internal competitive services look like. 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 need to address diversity or we will miss out on talent in an era when there is a skills shortage already
The lack of women in IT has been a perennial issue for almost as long as I can recall – we've certainly been highlighting it now for a number of years. The truth of the matter is that the situation for the IT profession is quite stark; we need to address this or we face the prospect of missing out on talent in an era when there is a skills shortage already. 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.
I'm not going to settle for whooping wildly in fake amazement at incremental advancement
Ubiquitous technology launch events actually launch very little that's genuinely new. They seem destined, for now at least, to be the homes of incremental upgrades - each one paraded to the sound of adoring whoops from the gathered faithful. I invite you to join me and actively seek out the sources of genuine innovation. 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.
The smart adoption of GaaP could finally help produce the fundamental transformation of our public services foreseen back in the 1990s
If 'Government as a Platform' (GaaP) simply becomes a list of technology to be built, it will illustrate once again that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, writes Jerry Fishenden. read more
A blog roll of Forrester analysts who serve the CIO community.
Forrester's own technology team is really coming alive, explains the organisations CIO
Forrester's own CIO Steven Peltzman on experiencing many of the same blockers that their client CIOs are facing. read more
Entrepreneurial Vision by Mike Altendorf
For the business to move faster (which 90% of them are trying to do) it has to work hand in hand with the technology
One of the most interestingly elements of being on the CIO 100 judging panel over the last few years is watching the way that the skills, capabilities and attributes necessary to do the job have evolved. read more
Insight from Pat Brans into ways in which technology is used to boost workforce productivity.
The best managers concede team members are smarter than they are, and get on with managing highly skilled workers
There are still a lot of people out there who are smarter than you. Many of them still need to work for a living, so hire as many of them as you can. read more
Insight and background analysis by the analyst house Freeform Dynamics. This blog adds additional colour to the reports and data collated by the UK based analysts.
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 CEB looks into the trends shaping board level and business and the CIO’s role at the boardroom table.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
An exclusive and very personal discussion on the role of technology in modern business and life by the UK’s most successful and significant software company founder, Mike Lynch founder of Autonomy
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
Former Global CIO at Rolls-Royce, Dr Jonathan Mitchell is non-executive chairman of Harvey Nash's CIO practice.
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
Thoughts and analysis from the insights consultancy firm KPMG and its CIO division.
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
Former board level CTO and CIO Rorie Devine looks at the relationship between the board and company strategy and the role of the CIO.
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