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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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Dear CEO…

I often use this blog to give advice to CIOs about how their role is changing in the digital age and what they should be doing to ensure they can take advantage of the opportunities that these changes are creating. Over the last few months I have had conversations with a number of CIOs that […]

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6 reasons why CIOs should use social

In the article The Social CIO I talked about how networking, relationship building, influencing and collaboration are now are essential skills for CIOs in the digital age. Without these skills technology leaders will find it increasingly difficult to stay relevant and be involved in the major decisions and initiatives within their organisation. Being a social […]

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The start-up dilemma

I visited Cyprus recently to deliver two keynote speeches about digital business on behalf of a large telecoms client. During my presentation I explained why becoming a digital business was inevitable, how technology was driving the digital revolution and, through a series case studies, described how different organisations had already used technology to enable new […]

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Time for CIOs to step up

According to some of the headlines generated by the results of the 17th Harvey Nash CIO Survey, CEOs are now focusing more on how to use IT as a means of generating revenue as opposed to cutting costs. The key figures behind the headlines are that 34% of the 3,700 technology leaders that responded to […]

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Spot the CIO

The annual unveiling of the CIO 100, a list of the UK’s most transformative technology leaders, took place in London recently. As in previous years the list demonstrates the role that the UK’s leading CIOs are playing in the transformation of organisations of varying sizes across different industries. As a former CIO and a previous […]

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A tale of two CIOs

Two news stories about major decisions made by CIOs have caught my attention recently. The two articles in question highlight one of the key issues facing the CIO role at the moment; in the digital age, with technology playing a key role in enabling new business models, products and services, and with non-IT functions becoming […]

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Themes from the CIO 100

So the judging process for the 2015 CIO 100, the list that recognises the most transformative CIOs in the UK, is now complete. There were some very impressive submissions for this year’s list with CIOs from a range of different industries demonstrating how they were initiating and leading technology-enabled business transformation within their organisations. It […]

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Spring cleaning for CIOs

The onset of spring is usually a prompt for many people to give their homes a thorough clean. Spring cleaning is also something that CIOs could benefit from doing; by clearing away or cleansing existing activities, tasks or initiatives CIOs will ensure that they and the IT function stay focused on the areas that really […]

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Evolution is key to CIO success

CIOs have a reputation for having relatively short tenures when compared to other members of the C-suite. Depending on which study you read the average time a CIO spends in a role is between three and five years, with four years being the most commonly reported timescale. Chief Financial Officers appear to last longer with […]

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