Two major outcomes define the year for CIO UK and therefore my role as its Editor in Chief – the CIO 100 and the CIO Summit. Throughout the course of the year these two flagships are major projects that place a huge, but ultimately enjoyable, set of demands on the CIO editorial team.
2014 was the third year of the CIO 100 being a celebration and directory of transformational CIOs and the second year we’ve hosted an event to enable the 100 most transformative CIOs to share ideas and perhaps a scar or two.
Any list of business leaders is a matter of opinion. Since resetting the CIO 100 to be about CIOs that lead the transformation of their organisation I have strived to ensure the list is diverse in the market sectors it covers.
The list is devised by the CIO panel of experts, all of whom have been involved in the CIO community as CIOs, CEOs, coaches or advisors and it is the further insights into the role, the responsibilities and the outcomes that CIOs achieve that build the list on top of the submissions to our digital questionnaire.
CIO UK is a small team, just two, and I feel almost daily that I stand on the shoulders of giants when it comes to our panel, most of whom play an active part in writing for and advising CIO beyond the CIO 100. With some recent CIOs joining the panel each year – Ian Cox and Adam Gerrard for 2014 – the panel has a broad range of experiences and insights into organisations from the public sector, utilities, entertainment, industry, technology supply, tourism, transport and management practice.
But the most rewarding aspect of the CIO 100 is the reception. Every year the support this title receives for championing the role of the CIO to lead transformation, for producing a list of 100 transformative CIOs and producing stories about the outcomes that CIOs deliver to make the NHS more efficient, to run an airline on a below one percent IT budget or play a leading role in making the motor industry think like a retailer are welcomed and embraced by the community. Not once has a CIO complained to me of their position and I’m humbled by that reception. Selfies with public sector CIOs, introducing like minded CIOs and old friends meeting up; the CIO 100 event has become a stand-out challenge and joy for my team and I to produce.
No sooner have 100 CIO Q&As been published than our focus turns to the CIO Summit. Five Summits have been produced by the team and it’s a testament to the CIO community and to the events team at IDG, publishers of CIO, that each one has been a strong event with great presentations from CIOs and technology leaders. Again the panel step-in to host panel debates and advise on topics and approaches. Like the 100 the Summit is a huge undertaking, but a massive pleasure and every year I take great pleasure in hearing from attendees what ideas they picked up from their peers and will take back to their organisations. For 2015 I plan to modernise the format to create greater outcomes for those that attend.
Neither the CIO 100 or the CIO Summit or our growing number of roundtable dinners and debate events could succeed without strong support from the technology industry. Over the last few years CIO UK has had great support from a variety of leading players who partner with us to engage with the real and sometimes thorny debates of business technology leadership. As the Editor I’d like to thank all of them for engaging with topics and the CIO audience in a way that is mutually beneficial.
2014 has been a strong year for this title and already plans for 2015 look incredibly exciting. Thank you to everyone that supports CIO UK.