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Top UK CIOs share their experience and opinions. Here you will find tips, advice and thought leadership from the UK's technology and business leaders.

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    Six tips to improve your use of passwords

    Hacking has remained a challenge for CIOs. In recent years customers from large organisations such as Linkedin, Apple iCloud and Adobe have seen engineers failing to protect users from the risk of security breach. Here are six ways to improve your use of passwords.

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    Is France a Safe Harbour for European Data?

    Anybody interested in knowing where European data can legally be stored should keep an eye on France. In July 2015 - six months after the January Charlie Hébdo attacks - French lawmakers passed legislation that allows French secret service agencies to perform electronic eavesdropping without a warrant. All government spies have to do is get approval from the French prime minister. Then they can look at your data without your knowledge.

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Jerry Fishenden

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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    Technology's role in the future economic and social wellbeing of the UK

    The long-standing deficit of expertise at the heart of government policymaking needs fixing. Jerry Fishenden cuts through the shallow techno-Babel amplified by Industry Analysts and large consultancy houses, saying the new role of National Technology Advisor is the first step in a long road to provide policy makers with the technological expertise it currently lacks.

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    Celebrating the hidden champions of better public services in the CIO 100

    Public sector CIO 100 champions are helping guide us away from website evolution to digital revolution. The CIO 100 is an important opportunity to share and learn from the first-hand experiences of those tackling the truly complex, time-consuming and hard graft of reform, and we need to show the often hidden champions of public sector IT a well-deserved moment of respect, recognition and encouragement.

Catherine Stagg-Macey

Coaching tips

Catherine Stagg-Macey has spent more than 20 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 executive and team coaching, workshops and facilitation to the technology industry. She also has advisory roles with a handful of organisations, as is a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation.

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Ian Cohen

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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    The Bimodal IT fallacy - Multimodal business demands multimodal IT

    The Bimodal IT concept is so flawed in interpreting business in atwo-speed model it's almost laughable. Ian Cohen comments on the real need to create responsive, flexible, agile organisations connected from back to front, front to back and everything in between.

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    How much data should CIOs and their organisations be collecting?

    How much data should an organisation be collecting? Ian Cohen suggests it could be time for CIOs to step into the data collection debate and ask difficult questions about how much data is too much before their organisations lose the trust of their customers.

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    Everybody's talkin' at me

    Digital transformation, disruption and the increasing pace of change - it may be inconceivable but are you actually using words and phrases common to the business and technology landscape correctly?

Matt Ballantine

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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    Agile methodology best avoided when you have known answers

    Rural Payments Agency fiasco shows the Minimum Viable Product concept and Agile methodology can fail drastically when you are told precisely what you need to deliver. Going back to Project Management 101 and the Project Golden Triangle will help when you are working to a fixed deadline with a fixed functional specification.

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    It's all about the data

    There's so much hype about Big Data and Data Science. But from my experience of many organisations over the past two decades, comparatively few actually manage their 'data data', let alone that of the big variety, with any great rigour - writes Matt Ballantine

Adam Thilthorpe

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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Freeform Dynamics

Free Thinking

Insight and background analysis by the analyst house Freeform Dynamics. This blog adds additional colour to the reports and data collated by the UK based analysts.

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Richard Sykes

Richard Sykes

Leading CIOs

Former ICI CIO Richard Sykes looks at the trends affecting his former peers with a particular interest in leadership, outsourcing and cloud based technologies.

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    The new HP Enterprise – ecosytem broker?

    The more that an enteprise builds its operations around services sourced from the cloud, the more that it will come to exploit a diversity of ICT capabilities provided by a diversity of suppliers – an ecosystem.

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    The contemporary CIO is already the CEO?

    An enterprise that is well advanced in its journey ‘into the cloud’ and into the world of the mobile smart ‘phone, will be building its operations on well-selected platform(s) (hybrid most likely) that support a growing variety of (sourced) Services and Apps – an ecosystem of capabilities specifically tuned to delivering the performance objectives of the enterprise.

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    A Cloud Masterclass

    The best approach a business can take in scoping the challenge & the opportunity of the cloud is to work its in-house resources

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    CIOs must be information leaders

    Too often job specs or even descriptions by CIOs themselves are heavily weighted towards technology implementation, rather than information curation and distribution.

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    Strategy not cuts needed from Home Secretary

    For ministers to just wield another round of cuts without devising a new vision and strategy for how policing will work in the near and medium term future is short sighted and offensive.

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Chaida Kapfunde

Chaida Kapfunde

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

    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.

Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch Autonomy Founder

An exclusive and very personal discussion on the role of technology in modern business and life by the UK’s most successful and significant software company founder, Mike Lynch founder of Autonomy

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    Mike Lynch's open letter to the HP shareholders

    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.

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    The world of 2017, according to Mike Lynch

    The urge to make predictions is inevitable at this time of year but I am going out on a limb - rather than make a forecast for next year, I am going to look even deeper into my crystal ball and make some suggestions for what we might consider to be standard technology in five years’ time.

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