From a snowbound North Downs I'd like to wish all our readers and members of the CIO community a Merry Christmas for 2010 and a Happy New Year for 2011.
2010 has been a year of change and we've all had to manage our way through it. Much of the change has been unprecedented, whether it was the continued financial crisis brought on by the banking sector, the election of a coalition government and in the technology world the arrival of the iPad and continuing growth in cloud computing.

You could look back on this year as one of gloom, but having spent the year with CIOs and listened to them, I feel we are all better prepared as a result of the issues we've all had to tackle. It was also a year when the CIO community became stronger both amongst itself and in the wider organisation, which can only be a good thing.

2011 promises to be a challenging but positive year for the CIO world, in my humble opinion and with the lessons of 2010 it will rise to the challenge.

So I'd just like to sign off from this year by saying thank you to everyone in the CIO UK community for your support of our web, print and events, it really is appreciated and I look forward to working with you all again in 2011.

Normal service of news, newsletters, interviews and analysis begins on January 4, 2011.