CIOs need many skills but coding is not one of them

Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently published an article with the title “Leading a digital transformation? Learn to code”, in which it was argued that leaders needed to have first-hand knowledge of the tasks, skills and activities within their functions in order to have risen to the top position. It also made the point that when […]

Staying in the game

CIOs and are IT functions are facing many challenges caused by the digital revolution that is happening in every sector. For some CIOs the challenge is being able to cope with the demand for new technologies, solutions and services whilst in other organisations the IT function is struggling to move at the speed required for […]

How CIOs can lead the conversation

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 innovate with no budget?

The need for organisations to innovate is not new. Businesses have always had to develop new ways of working, improve their existing products and services, and create new types of offerings to stay competitive. But as more organisations start to embrace the opportunities and threats of the digital world, it is clear that innovation is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]