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The level and nature of engagement between IT and the rest of the business has long been a challenge for CIOs. IT departments are often separated from their colleagues in other business functions as a result of what they do, how they work and even the language they use. As a CIO I witnessed countless […]

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Insourcing is not the answer

The Cabinet Office recently announced that it had saved 40% on its IT budget by replacing its contract with services provider Fujitsu with an in-house service. The Fujitsu contract, which was signed in 2007 and expired in January 2015, covered a diverse range of services including data centre/hosting, fully managed infrastructure, desktop hardware and software, […]

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Are CIOs running out of time?

CIOs continue to look out of step with their colleagues in the C-suite according to the 14th Annual State of the CIO research published recently by the US edition of CIO Magazine. The study, which covered 558 IT leaders, also asked 304 non-IT executives some of the same questions posed to the technology heads and […]

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What can CIOs expect in 2015?

It has been another challenging year for CIOs; there has been continued speculation about whether there is a long-term need for the CIO role and plenty of headlines about other areas of the business becoming more involved in technology decisions and holding their own IT budgets. Will 2015 see more of the same or will […]

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Are CIOs being squeezed out?

CIOs are used to people in other functions having opinions about technology, telling them what software they should be buying or how to implement a new system. Being told by a non-IT manager that they can go online and buy a PC for far less than the IT function is charging their department used to […]

The Digital CIO

The Digital CIO – fact or fiction?

I recently gave a keynote speech at an IT vendor conference at Gleneagles. The brief for my presentation was to explain to the audience of CEOs and other senior executives from a cross section of the technology vendor community how digital is changing the CIO role and what this means for IT vendors in terms […]

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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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