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 […]

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 […]

The CIO role is not getting more difficult

Technology has never been so important, so strategic and so fundamental to businesses as it is in the digital age. Technologies such as social, mobile and cloud are enabling new and disruptive business models, and have helped move technology from being a back-office function that supports operations to a front line service contributing directly to […]

The social CIO

At the recent event hosted by CIO Magazine, Rob Fraser, the former CIO of Sainsbury’s, talked about the importance of building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders throughout the business. Fraser explained how he made time for networking with his peers within the C-suite at the supermarket business and how he viewed this as a […]

Disrupt IT – one year on

A year ago I published the book Disrupt IT in which I defined a new model for IT that meets the needs of the digital business. The book also described seven principles that provide CIOs and Boards with a framework for building the IT capability their organisation needs to succeed in the digital age. The […]

Embed for success

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – 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 […]