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Are you speaking the right language?

CIOs must not get lost in translation

CIOs should assume leadership responsibility for building the bridge between business and technology but that bridge is going to be pretty unstable unless it’s well supported. 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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Survivorship bias - Did Big Data help win the World Cup?

What should we make of the Big Data providers supporting the 31 teams that didn't win the World Cup, and why is no-one is using Big Data analytics to select their Big Data implementations?

Two interesting Big Data stories emerged from tech providers in the days after the four-yearly football jamboree had come to a close in Rio. The first, that Microsoft's Bing and Cortana products correctly predicted 15 out of 16 matches in the knockout stages, and the second that SAP data products helped the German team to win the tournament. There we go, then. That's the case for Big Data successfully closed. read more

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Masters at Monopoly, Microsoft must now learn to play Chess

History will not repeat itself and allow Microsoft to remain dominant argues former business technology leader

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s recent memo is a statement of where he wants to take the company, which is not as nimble as it once was. Nadella’s vision puts mobility and cloud computing first. 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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I, User

If you think users are pressurising you today in terms of their personal technology demands, you need to be aware that what you are experiencing is in fact the pre-storm calm

Often as CIOs it is very easy to get caught up in the present; data centre 'fires', talent outages and so on. If you manage to book some time with your thoughts you might even reflect on social media, analytics and mobility. These are important but if we want a guiding star to provide us with an overall sense of direction I suggest we reflect on the user of the future. read more

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Tesco needs to listen to new blood

Outside entrants to Tesco have struggled to change entrenched behaviour of “our way is best” and now it must be bold under Dave Lewis

I have heard countless stories of business leaders being told “good idea, but we don’t do things that way here”. read more

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Hey! You! Get Off My Cloud!

Does your company have any hosted or Cloud-based services in use today’ scored 48% ‘Yes’ in 2010, 78% in 2014

The Cloud-word has become a talisman – an ill-defined concept that the marketing folk have run riot with. read more

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CIOs and the inner circle

What can CIOs learn from IBM's CxO study results that may help them firmly establish themselves as a member of the CEO's inner circle?

IBM's recently published study into how members of the C-suite are working together to prepare for the digital era contains some key takeaways for CIOs who want to play a bigger role in shaping and leading the digital transformation of their organisation. The report, Exploring the Inner Circle, is based on face-to-face interviews with 4,183 CxOs from around the world and explores what makes an effective C-suite, how C-suite members interact with each other and how this impacts on financial performance. read more

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EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

There must be an open question whether the cloud industry will pay attention to these non-mandatory guidelines

In January 2013 I wrote about the EU's cunning plan to "unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe" by regulating it. 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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What makes for a great CIO? The answer might well lie in the soft stuff

The death of the CIO is greatly exaggerated, but the evolution of the role is not

In a conversation with a CIO about mitigating IT project failures, I commented that leadership can often be the required antidote in certain change programmes. I was referring to the ability to connect and communicate with stakeholders and motivate staff in particular. It's often referred to with some squeamishness by those in our industry - usually air-parenthesis - as the soft stuff. read more

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.

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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Are you ready to be the next rock star?

The challenge for today's CIO is to have the capability and insight to disrupt your organisation before someone does it for you

We've been working to the mantra of Best Practice, but to meet the challenge of disrupting your own organisation you now need to look to Next Practice. 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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Investors see potential in social media analysis

Social media and master data

If you have any doubt about the excitement level around Big Data, consider this. Cloudera, a provider of Hadoop-based software and services founded in 2008, recently did a round of venture capital fund-raising. In its 2009 financing round it raised $5 million from Accel. read more

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Mobile security is more than protecting local data

Stored credentials could expose your corporate network

The CIO community is talking a great deal about the concept of Reverse Mentoring to learn from the Generation Y workforce that is entering organisation, but also changing consumer patterns. Jack Vile, born in 1995, the year the Editor in Chief started work, adds to our diversity of voices with a view for the under-20s joining the workforce. 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

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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The biggest misconceptions about shadow IT

CIOs should stop trying to deter business-led IT or control it. Instead, they need to build a new model for engaging with business partners

Although much has been written aboust shadow IT, three big misconceptions prevail. read more

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Bill Gates should stay quiet during Microsoft CEO transition

If Gates and Ballmer are visible during their transition, the new CEO would be undermined, second-guessed, and passively blocked from accomplishing the critical business model pivot that lies ahead

Satya Nadella is Microsoft's new CEO. Check. He's the right person for the job, insider, change agent, provocateur. 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

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