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When will this madness stop?

During a recent presentation to a group of CIOs about my book, Disrupt IT, I used data from an Accenture survey to demonstrate why an increasing number of CMOs are being tempted to bypass their IT function and deal directly with IT suppliers. The purpose of using the data was to illustrate the need for […]

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A CIO is only as good as their management team

This year’s CIO Summit proved to the best yet with a day full of presentations from CIOs – a significant number from the CIO 100 – who provided some great insights, tips and case studies on how they are helping to transform and grow their organisations. A number of key themes emerged during the day […]

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Lies, damned lies and CMO stories

Are you tired of reading about the CIO-CMO relationship? Bored of hearing about the alleged war between the two roles and of how the CMO is becoming more tech-savvy, spending more on technology, bypassing the CIO and marginalising the role of IT in the process? Gartner must take a lot of responsibility for this theme […]

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It’s not just CIOs who need to flip

CIOs are constantly being told what they need to do to become their organisation’s digital leaders. Just this week Gartner released the results of its annual CIO survey with a headline telling CIOs to “flip their leadership styles to grasp the digital opportunity.” With technology being fundamental to the digital business the Gartner report states […]

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You’re building what?! More bad CIO decisions

It seems that my last post, The good, the bad and the ridiculous, has generated a fair bit of discussion across various online channels and prompted a number of people to get in touch with me via e-mail to share their own CIO stories. But it is not the examples of the good CIOs that […]

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The good, the bad and the ridiculous

CIOs never cease to amaze me. And I mean that in both a positive and negative sense. On the positive side we have CIOs such as Stephen Kneebone, Phil Jordan and Christina Scott who topped this year’s CIO 100. These CIOs are using technology to help transform their organisations. They are both business and technology […]

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Who needs an IT strategy?

It may seem a strange question in the digital age, but do organisations need an IT strategy anymore? At a time when technology is playing such a key role in the transformation of every industry, disrupting established markets, driving innovation in products and services, and enabling completely new ways of working, surely having an IT […]

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The definition of insanity?

It is almost a year since I wrote an article entitled CIOs: CMOs do not want your job in which I talked about the relationship between the two roles and in particular how CMOs needed their IT function to work differently to support the organisation’s digital transformation. One of the sources I used in that […]

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CIO: could you be the next Linwood?

John Linwood, the BBC’s former CTO who was sacked by the corporation following its decision to scrap its £100m Digital Media Initiative (DMI), recently won his claim for unfair dismissal. The tribunal delivered its unanimous verdict that Linwood’s claim was “well founded and succeeds” although it did also state that he had contributed “to the […]

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CIOs and the inner circle

IBM’s recently published study into how members of the C-suite are working together to prepare for the digital era contains some key takeaways for CIOs who want to play a bigger role in shaping and leading the digital transformation of their organisation. The report, Exploring the Inner Circle, is based on face-to-face interviews with 4,183 […]

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