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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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We are more than just our IQ

Wisdom below the neck - is there any science behind 'gut instinct' and intelligence in the rest of the body?

Our feelings are a natural part of our intelligence. For the sake of more human interactions, and embracing diversity, let us try out the idea that all feelings, thoughts and ideas are all equally welcome. 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 lean startup career

The market is moving at a rapid pace - make career planning a daily rather than an annual activity

You need to throw away your vision of you in the perfect role and focus on developing the skills that will keep you strategically relevant, writes Ade McCormack. read more

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Tomorrow's CIO, watch out CDO!

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

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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'Are you experienced?'

Previously start-ups shipped their arms - but now they're fully-loaded commando units gunning not just for your business but your entire market

People who have become successful at doing what they've always done rarely see or recognise the opportunities for disruptive change that new entrants spot with laser-like clarity, writes Ian Cohen. read more

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Digital Single Market - Landmark or lame (euro-)duck?

The DSM is another step in a series of moves by the EU to combat the dominance of US-based technology firms in Europe

There is a strong feeling in the Commission that the EU has surrendered ground to non-EU based digital superpowers and essentially forfeited its digital independence. The EU's aim is to move towards a strategy which will reinforce Europe's digital authority and its digital sovereignty. read more

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Britain and Europe - The Digital Single Market?

Open digital borders across Europe will feed the competitiveness of the ICT vendors you procure from

Ensure that you are well informed on the issues around the EU Commission's drive for a Digital Single Market. It could be very important for the future competitiveness of your business, writes Richard Sykes. 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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HR and IT, a partnership made for better recruitment

You cannot outsource understanding of the organisation and how it innovates

The world of recruitment, not only in IT but across the board, is a rapidly-changing environment where the recruitment process is under pressure from all sides and CIOs and HR professionals need to work together to get the best result to suit their business. 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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The post-election challenge

We need a relentless refocus on frontline workers and improved services – an outside-in citizen perspective

Just as earlier technology-enabled change displaced many roles – such as those of the holer, coupler, rubbler and rover – so too many current organisations retain jobs and processes that are increasingly obsolete hangovers from the pre-digital era read more

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Spot the CIO

CIOs need to position themselves as business leaders, who happen to have an interest in technology

It has never been a better time to be a CIO; the technologies that are changing the businesses landscape are also creating opportunities for CIOs to become true business leaders. And CIOs that can make the transition from technology leaders to business leaders will be rewarded with greater influence, a higher profile and a broader remit within their organisations. 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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Up Meerkat - Working openly and embracing change

The pace of technological change is outpacing our legal and business regulation at an exponential pace

What does a technology strategy look like that accepts that change is happening and is persistent? Maybe it's time to stop thinking about control, and start thinking about shaping platforms instead. 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

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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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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