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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…

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Now That's What I Call the CIO Playlist!

The essential mix, as compiled by Ade McCormack. Tell us your suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter

I spend a fair amount of time working with CIOs to increase their strategic relevance. Practical advice is all well and good until it comes into contact with the day to day operational tempest that invariably leads to CIO aspiration returning to IT manager reality. read more

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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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Digital scenario planning

CIOs can anticipate the arrival of the CDO and makes the case to take on digital responsibility - which could be an attractive proposition for the CEO

Digital is becoming the interesting end of 'IT'; and now that the boardroom has made the connection between profit, service experience and IT they want to make digital part of the business strategy. read more

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Bandwidth management and gamifying your own role

Cognitive control is highly related to good leadership, and increasing your own personal RAM capacity will help you address big issues

Bandwidth, or bandwidth management, is often associated with technology management. As you may be aware my view is that CIOs should be less preoccupied with technology management and more focused on digital leadership. read more

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Workforce Development

Passion as a service and the exemplar Romanian NHS

What CIOs can learn from e-healthcare in Romania, which is becoming an exemplar for best practice in the wider world

I recently met the President of Romania's National Health Service. Romania is an interesting place, what with Count Dracula, Nicolae Ceausescu and Vlad the Impaler being high profile 'old boys'. With the recent European Union border relaxation, the media has been stirring the xenophobia pot by suggesting that Western Europe will be overrun by Romania's 'worst'. read more

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Cost transparency

Allocating costs against some of the key KPIs of the organisation will go down very well in the boardroom

Those that pay us typically have very little understanding of what we do. This creates a degree of anxiety because it is not clear to them whether they are paying you too much or allocating too much budget to the IT function. read more

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Workforce Development

Communications are the energy that feeds relationships

CIOs, you need to address the communications skills of your staff as a priority

As a business leader you too need to exhibit excellent communication skills. Again this must extend beyond task-based fact-related interactions. I meet CFOs who tell me that their only interaction with their CIO is when they want something. And the request is usually pitched in the tone of a threat. For example if we do not buy X then Y will happen and Y is bad. read more

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CIO priorities - What next?

How to deal with a never-ending mission and parameters that change on a regular basis

Nobody needs to tell you that being a CIO is not dissimilar to running the operational control room for an Apollo mission. The problem is that your mission is never ending. Worse still, the mission parameters change on a regular basis as seemingly does the mission's primary objective. read more

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