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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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Chief Why Officer

Challenge everything within reason to become a Chief Why Officer, before reinventing yourself as the Chief Why Not Officer

By challenging everything asked of the CIO to become a Chief Why Officer, going on to then ask why not will reinvent the CIO and their function as a co-creator of strategy rather than a functional operative. read more

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What is digital?

CIOs need to be leading the digital conversation if a business is going to return more than just short term gains

A lack of common understanding as to what digital means is resulting in thousands of meetings taking place daily, where nobody in the room shares the same definition. Ade McCormack explains there is a real opportunity for CIOs to lead the digital conversation read more

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Chief Intelligence Officer

The value proposition of your IT function needs to be revisited as more and more gets sucked into the cloud

Would you and your people prefer to spend most of your time splicing cables, replacing memory cards and telling users to reboot their device? Or would you prefer your IT function to look like the ops room of the Counter Terrorist Unit or even NASA? read more

IoT: The story of Data

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IoT: The story of Data

Where the real value from IoT resides

IoT is now dominating industrial innovation. Machine-to-Machine intelligence has revolutionised monitoring and control systems. It has significantly enhanced supply chain, warehouse and logistic operations. It has enabled streamlined manufacturing – including ‘dark factories’, which can run without human intervention for weeks at a time. It has increased operational efficiency in public transport, energy grids, and much else.

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CIO, you are spoiling us!

Does your boardroom see you as something of a Liberace; a flamboyant spender focused on acquiring stuff

In the absence of articulating your value proposition, then all boardroom eyes will be on your spending habits. But make sure they do not see you as something of a Liberace; a flamboyant spender focused on acquiring stuff - warns Ade McCormack. read more

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Life after prison - From Warden to Hotel Manager

What type of model is more appropriate for overseeing the technology estate at your organisation?

Back in the day, life was easier and we could run the IT function as a prison service, where you were the governor - but now there is no choice but to embrace the service ethic and become hotel general managers, writes Ade McCormack. read more

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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

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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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The rough CIO travel guide

The key phrases for CIOs to use if their desired destination is the boardroom

Ade McCormack looks at the key phrases to use - and avoid - if the CIO is to gain acceptance with the locals if their desired destination is the boardroom. read more

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IT Leadership

CIO as a change agent and 'internal' start-up CEO

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

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Merging the CIO into the boardroom

Those in a position of influence need to consider what role the CIO is to play going forward

It is becoming increasingly apparent to both business leaders and shareholders that the world is changing and that new technology is both driving these changes and enabling organisational readjustment. read more

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The Exponential CIO

There is a real opportunity for CIOs to take on the role of Chief Forecaster or Chief Exponential Officer

Many executives are running their organisations like newlyweds on the Orient Express; they are so in love with each other they don't even look out of the carriage window read more

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