The end of multi-year projects?

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Technology is transforming the way we do business. It is changing customer behaviour and expectations, and it is creating more dynamic markets where speed and agility are more important than size and brand. To compete in this new style of market, business strategies need to be flexible and organisations need to be able to change […]

Uncovering the real story of digital

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Over the last few years, the people running traditional organisations have been bombarded with headlines telling them that they need to become a digital business, or that they need to undertake a digital transformation of their company to avoid being disrupted by the technology-enabled start-ups that are reinventing business models, products and services. But what […]

The fog of an IT implementation

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The fog of war is a phrase that is used to describe the confusion and uncertainty that is encountered during a military conflict when information becomes inaccurate, incomplete and distorted. This fog makes it difficult, if not impossible, for leaders to get a detailed or precise view of what is happening on the ground, which […]

There’s no such thing as shadow IT

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Headlines and surveys about shadow IT and the measures that CIOs should take to control technology expenditure outside of their budgets are still commonplace. And, whilst the exact level of shadow IT activity may be difficult to quantify and will vary across different organisations, one thing is clear: technology budgets held by non-IT functions are […]

Stop thinking like an IT person

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There is no doubt that technology is becoming more important to how we do business; companies across a wide range of sectors are using technology to redefine markets, create new revenue streams, enhance the customer experience and transform business and operating models. This is digital business and eventually it will come to every industry and […]

From back office techie to digital leader

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So, this is great time to be a CIO. Technology is transforming industries, enabling new business models and creating new revenue streams. As the organisation’s technology leader, the CIO has a key role to play in shaping the digital journey. But what if the executive team and the wider organisation do not view the CIO […]

Do you have the right type of IT?

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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 […]

Why fail when you can learn?

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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 […]

How CIOs can lead the conversation

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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 […]

Can CIOs really become CEOs?

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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 […]