Spring cleaning for CIOs

The onset of spring is usually a prompt for many people to give their homes a thorough clean. Spring cleaning is also something that CIOs could benefit from doing; by clearing away or cleansing existing activities, tasks or initiatives CIOs will ensure that they and the IT function stay focused on the areas that really […]

Evolution is key to CIO success

CIOs have a reputation for having relatively short tenures when compared to other members of the C-suite. Depending on which study you read the average time a CIO spends in a role is between three and five years, with four years being the most commonly reported timescale. Chief Financial Officers appear to last longer with […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]