Uncovering the real story of digital

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 […]

There’s no such thing as shadow IT

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 […]

Why fail when you can learn?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]