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 […]

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 […]

Disrupt IT – one year on

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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 […]

When will this madness stop?

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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 […]

It’s not just CIOs who need to flip

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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 […]

You’re building what?! More bad CIO decisions

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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 […]

The good, the bad and the ridiculous

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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 […]

Who needs an IT strategy?

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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 […]

CIOs need to look beyond the CMO

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All you need to do to become a successful digital business is get your CIO and CMO to play nicely with each other and everything else will fall in to place. Or so it would appear from the seemingly endless supply of articles and surveys talking about the importance of the CIO-CMO relationship to digital […]