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.
What is it exactly that your organisation - and your IT department - is trying to do?
The language we technologists use to describe what it is we do tends, as a rule, to be fairly impregnable. It falls either into the sphere of too technical, or that strange realm of management consultantese in which nouns are reimagineered and stretched into verbs. To the non-IT person, neither vocabulary is particularly engaging. Or intelligible. 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.
Whitehall and local government CIOs caught in battle of pendulums and platforms
The familiar old debates about centralised versus decentralised public services are already emerging ahead of the next general election. Yet we lack any meaningful evidence of what’s best done centrally (once) and what locally (many times over). read more
As the digital revolution continues every organisation, every team member has to offer differentiation that will please consumers
My working 2015 began with a digital experience that was positively archaic, which only served to remind me that as we welcome in a New Year, one thing remains the same, the continued pace of change. 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
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.
The UK is lagging behind the US and rest of Europe in utilising social media and creating a true internet-era political party
Technology and the internet have transformed the way we do business. IT-enabled business change is a common term today. We're all horizon scanning to ensure that we can disrupt our own businesses and stay ahead of the competition. Digital leaders and CIOs are becoming an ever more familiar sight on boards around the globe and the Government is adopting digital by default, delivering Government-as-a-Platform and creating digital leaders. read more
Why you should pester your service providers about what they are not doing for you
One of the simplest steps that CIOs can take to combat the risk of project failure is to focus more on project scope and, specifically, to ensure that project teams do a better job of clearly documenting that scope. And one of the key questions that I believe CIOs ought to ask service providers much more often is the one that many providers don't like to talk about. What are you not going to do for me? 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
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.
Through coaching senior executives, I am often asked or drawn to offer books that help a client better understand a certain issue or topic. The areas that come up frequently are work/life balance, team dynamics, change and stepping into authentic leadership that inspires other people. The books I list below go some way to cover that broad range of topics. read more
More of the same in 2015, but at an accelerating pace
As the old year draws to a close it's time for CIOs and analysts to reflect on the developments of the past year and gaze into the crystal ball to work out just what 'revolutions' 2015 will bring. This time last year my colleague Dale Vile forecast that technology tidal waves would be few and far between, not to say non-existent. 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