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When will on-demand workers start to replace IT staff?

Workers as a Service - On-demand work services will become a viable option for at least some of the work traditionally provided by salaried employees

As on-demand platforms mature, IT directors will feel increasing pressure to consider using such services to replace at least some of the work traditionally performed by IT staff read more

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There is a distinct difference between producers and leaders

Although a C-level position is the topmost rung on the career ladder, that doesn't negate the need for support.

I recently read that the mark of a great leader is either ability to understand and think like everyone in their team. I couldn't agree more. Many of us, and I count myself amongst them, become managerial because we have excelled as product people. read more

The Disruptive CIO

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The Disruptive CIO

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.

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I'll tell what the smile on my face meant

It's incredibly hard to be genuinely open to all things

I’m often asked why I left corporate life so suddenly. What was the catalyst, will I go back and other related questions. And as I hear those questions I also hear a tune in my head: read more

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Winning the war for talent

For millennials however the digital environment is the frontier

Three key attributes a CIO must have to recruit, manage and retain a talated team read more

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Five steps CEOs must take to support a CIO's digital agenda

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

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The cloud is driving innovation galore!

Two fundamental ‘threads’ run through the innovative technological and business models

Two events in late June / early July allowed me to focus on the diversity of innovation that the Cloud is now enabling. The Cloud World Forum at Kensington Olympia. The Awards Ceremony for the 2015 Eurocloud UK Cloud Awards (I had chaired the judges). I will tell you a few stories of impressive young businesses. I have no business connection with, contract with, or investment in any of them. 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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eMeetings bloody eMeetings

Has the technology that we provide to enable people to work collaboratively has missed the point?

The benefit that sustains meetings as a thing isn't the content or the structure - it's the side conversations and the building of bonds. read more

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Why bother with SLAs?

Focus on the most important parts of the services, and those parts capable of objective measurement

SLAs aren't intended to cover all aspects of the services, and should not measure all things that can be measured. Not everything that's worth tracking should be linked to a financial penalty. 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.

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Re-establishing trust in technology

Without improved design and engineering it's hard to see how we can restore trust in technology

The UK is well placed to combine our world-leading skills in computer science and technology with our tradition of democratic rights and values. Research investment needs to be redirected into the development of better-engineered technology that has privacy, security and usability designed-in at every level. 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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The Innovation Virus

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

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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Are myths getting in the way of managing Millennials?

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

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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It's women in IT month

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

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Strategic DevOps Adoption - What CIOs need to know

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

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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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Three roles that CIOs will be asked to take on next

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

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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Looking back at Data Management

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

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

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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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