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Do you have the right type of IT?

There has never been a better time to work in IT; never has technology been so fundamental, so strategic and so important as it is in the digital age. Technology is being used to create new types of products and services, enhance existing products and services and create deeper, more rewarding customer experiences. And it […]

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Bimodal CIOs: what type are you?

I have never been comfortable with the concept of bimodal IT. My initial reaction when I first read about bimodal – or two-speed IT as it was originally called before Gartner’s marketing people realised that ‘slow IT’ wasn’t good for sales – was that surely all of your IT has to work at the same […]

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Getting back to the I in CIO

Data is an inherent feature of technology-enabled business models, products and services and it is also an increasingly valuable asset. Every digital interaction generates data that can be used to understand, analyse and refine the activity, process, or offering through which it was generated. An organisation that embraces digital can generate vast quantities of data […]

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Why fail when you can learn?

Digital markets move quickly, they are more dynamic than traditional markets and they can be disrupted more easily. New technology-enabled business models can be developed and launched far more quickly than has previously been possible. And they can be scaled-up to meet a surge in demand in a matter of days or even hours. The […]

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Views from the summit

CIOs are facing many challenges and opportunities as a result of the digital revolution that is sweeping across every industry. Digital is changing the nature of business; it has made markets more dynamic, put the customer in charge and placed data at the heart of the organisation. To succeed in digital markets an organisation needs […]

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CIOs need many skills but coding is not one of them

Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently published an article with the title “Leading a digital transformation? Learn to code”, in which it was argued that leaders needed to have first-hand knowledge of the tasks, skills and activities within their functions in order to have risen to the top position. It also made the point that when […]

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Staying in the game

CIOs and are IT functions are facing many challenges caused by the digital revolution that is happening in every sector. For some CIOs the challenge is being able to cope with the demand for new technologies, solutions and services whilst in other organisations the IT function is struggling to move at the speed required for […]

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How CIOs can lead the conversation

In a recent interview with CIO Magazine in the US, Boeing CIO Ted Colbert talked about his leadership philosophy and the lessons he had learnt on his journey to the C-suite of the aerospace and defence giant. Relationships figure prominently in Colbert’s story. He has made establishing, developing and strengthening relationships across the organisation a key […]

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Can CIOs innovate with no budget?

The need for organisations to innovate is not new. Businesses have always had to develop new ways of working, improve their existing products and services, and create new types of offerings to stay competitive. But as more organisations start to embrace the opportunities and threats of the digital world, it is clear that innovation is […]

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Can CIOs really become CEOs?

There has long been a debate as to whether CIOs have the right skills and experience to become CEOs. And whilst there have been some high profile examples of this happening they still tend to be the exception. The issue was brought to the fore again recently following comments by Isabel Rutland, the co-founder of […]

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