It’s not just CIOs who need to flip

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

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 […]

CIO: could you be the next Linwood?

John Linwood, the BBC’s former CTO who was sacked by the corporation following its decision to scrap its £100m Digital Media Initiative (DMI), recently won his claim for unfair dismissal. The tribunal delivered its unanimous verdict that Linwood’s claim was “well founded and succeeds” although it did also state that he had contributed “to the […]

CIOs and the inner circle

IBM’s recently published study into how members of the C-suite are working together to prepare for the digital era contains some key takeaways for CIOs who want to play a bigger role in shaping and leading the digital transformation of their organisation. The report, Exploring the Inner Circle, is based on face-to-face interviews with 4,183 […]

More CIOs are turning to the cloud

Use of cloud services in the UK continues to grow is the key message from the Vanson Bourne annual survey into cloud adoption performed on behalf of the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF). Of the 250 senior IT and business decision makers that took part in the research, 78% said that their organisation was now using […]

CIOs need to look beyond the CMO

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 […]

CIO: what business are you in?

This seems like a simple question doesn’t it? Yet if you look at the structure, resources, skills and processes of most IT departments you would probably be none the wiser, or perhaps you might even think that they are in the technology business. And if you asked the CIOs of these companies where they spend […]

The case for disruption

Corporate IT is being disrupted. Technologies such as social, mobile and cloud have changed how consumers and businesses are using technology. They are also placing new demands on the IT function; technology is now more accessible to non-IT staff, awareness and knowledge of its application within the enterprise has never been higher and, as a […]

A blueprint for the future of IT

In February I published Disrupt IT, a book that defines a new model for IT that meets the needs of the digital business. The model is both radical and disruptive; it has to be as IT functions themselves are being disrupted and, as corporate history has shown us, the only way to survive disruption is […]

What the C-suite really thinks about IT

The recently released results of McKinsey’s annual global survey on business technology contain some very blunt and potentially worrying messages for CIOs. The headline finding from the survey of 800 executives from a range of business functions including IT is, that whilst business leaders acknowledge the strategic value of IT, they also believe their IT […]