Many are driving transformational programmes across multinational enterprises, aiming to implement shared services.

Meanwhile private sector IT continues to outperform the public one, or at least does a better job of hiding its disasters. It seems that IT in the NHS has assumed the status of death and taxes. Maybe it’s time to ask if NHS IT should read RIP.

As usual, a round of thanks is due across the board. First of all to the CIOs (and their PAs) who gave generously of their time and to the editorial team that worked on this year’s edition. Ho Vee Sun and Myles Burke, MIS UK stalwarts, brought their exceptional skills and imagination to bear on the big beastie that sees us finish our financial year and sets the editorial agenda for the next 12 months. Sarah Aryanpur, a former editor of MIS UK, handled the team of freelancers with her usual panache and humour, both absolute essentials for the MIS 100 task. Managing freelancers between January and June – namely Stuart Lauchlan, Gary Flood, Janine Milne, Miya Knights and James Richards – is comparable to herding cats. Sarah and the team will be chasing up many of the CIOs they interviewed to explore issues in more detail for the monthly magazine.

Another year. Another MIS 100. Do email and tell us what you think. Where did we get it right or wrong and most importantly, how we can improve for next year? We hope you enjoy this sixth edition of our flagship publication.

MIS golden rules

CIOs only:
The recommendations that CIOs really trust are each others’. That’s why MIS interviews more CIOs than any other UK business magazine.

Each month MIS conducts local research in different countries to understand the top 10 concerns of CIOs, providing a truly global perspective of the management challenges they face.

MIS is about the majority of a CIO’s day – management. We report on building relationships with board members, users and suppliers, along with managing budgets, employees and business change. Technology is covered only at a strategic level.

Every MIS article addresses one of the top 10 concerns of CIOs. We don’t write about vendors or their products because they’re less critical than business and IT management issues.

Janice McGinn

Top 10 concerns of IT directors

  1. Recruiting, training and managing staff
  2. Managing budgets
  3. Aligning IT with business
  4. Infrastructure refresh
  5. Security
  6. Compliance
  7. Managing time and resources
  8. Dealing with users
  9. Change management
  10. Dealing with senior management