I am writing at the close of the first full working week of 2014 and already there are signs that this will be an interesting year for the CIO community. As we all know from conversations with our immediate leaders, the word interesting can be defined in many ways, but invariably it means there will be challenging hurdles and obstacles known as opportunities and as always in the CIO sphere, a great deal of change.
As a community, we are of course, “change junkies”, to steal the mantra of easyJet CIO Trevor Didcock and much of the change coursing through our organisations is as a result of technology. CIOs will continue to reassesses their core productivity applications. Some like to claim it is a battlefield between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365. The truth is very different. There will not be a dominant provider; each player will score valuable victories on the pitches that best suit their offerings. Recently we reported on how Google Apps was the best fit for growing energy firm First Utility and this month Foster and Partners report Office 365 suits their needs.
CIOs from biotechnology, manufacturing, retail and financial services all stated security was going to be a major priority in 2014 recently, and then potentially 40 million encrypted records of card data were stolen from US retailer Target, which Barclays CIO Anthony Watson has analysed for this title.
Data levels will inevitably increase over 2014, but data’s value is from insight. Leading CIOs are working hard on creating insight for their organisations. I know myself, data about how online titles I have edited perform offer little insight and therefore an inability to take action based on that data. Creating much of that data will be the increasing prevalence of mobility and cloud services, which again will remain CIO attention grabbers.
A change here at CIO UK is a new team member, business editor Gaurav Sharma is an experienced financial journalist who has written for CNBC Europe and our sister title CFO World. Sharma will be widening the business technology leadership debate, bringing in the voices of CEOs, CFOs and others. Our aim is to ensure all of us in business leadership discuss the challenges of the digital revolution openly and clearly.