Keep it simple, stupid - KISS - was a mantra hammered into me in my early days as a news and sports reporter. It's one that has served me well.
Simplification can be a double-edged sword. Listen to the arguments of UKIP's politicians and fear grips you that people may actually believe their rhetoric, because it's simple. On the other hand, simplification of business processes and technology is a positive edge of the sword.
Technology, and by default its leaders, has been accused - rightly or wrongly - of being too complex. Which in turn has led to a cottage industry which churns out 'Thought Leadership' on why the CIO is not aligned to the business. In fact several such Thought Leadership pieces are now languishing in my email's Trash folder having never been opened.
There is no denying technology is complex, as anyone who's tried to explain Hadoop or a security protocol to a layman will testify, but the ultimate aim of technology is to simplify.
The reason consumerisation has become such a big topic of debate is because the personal devices that we all possess simplify our lives, whether they be an iPhone, a tablet device or an online service. It's not just that the devices' operating systems and apps are simpler to use and more appealing to the inherent laziness that sadly exits in all human beings: all these devices also give us a greater sense of security. Knowing your email and collaboration tools are with you on your phone makes you more mobile and therefore better able to get out to meet the really valuable people in this world - your customers. Digital mapping, secure document access and ubiquitous connectivity should and do empower us to do more, not only for our organisations, but for all, helping us to lead more fulfilled and community-driven lives while creating value at work.
The CIOs we have been talking to are excited by the opportunity that lies ahead to simplify their business processes and to rip out all the meaningless touch points so that an organisation can be reactive and its workers free and therefore innovative.