The end of multi-year projects?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Using cloud to get close to the business

In a previous article, Netflix IT is no house of cards, I described how the US company that has revolutionised how we consume films and TV shows at home and on the move, was now disrupting the traditional IT model to focus its technology resources on areas where they can add real value to the […]

Netflix IT is no house of cards

When looking for a case study of digital disruption there is probably no better example than Netflix, the US company that has revolutionised how we consume films and TV shows at home and on the move. Netflix started life in 1997 as a direct rival to Blockbuster in the DVD rental market. Instead of building […]

It really is time to trust the cloud

In August I wrote an article called It’s time to trust the cloud in which I encouraged IT departments to be proactive, to embrace and promote the cloud as a potential alternative and take a balanced view to value and risk. It prompted quite a bit of feedback on Twitter both for and against the […]

It’s time to trust the cloud

Public cloud is more secure than any private cloud is likely to be, according to Richard Sykes, chair of the Cloud Industry Forum. Speaking at the recent G-Cloud in Practice conference, Sykes explained that suppliers of public cloud services are experts in security and if security is a real issue for your organisation then you […]

Every cloud … why IT departments are more important than ever


Rewind just over 12 months when there were numerous articles proclaiming the end of the CIO role within five years; IT departments would be bypassed by CFOs and CMOs purchasing cloud services directly from vendors and without the involvement of the internal IT function. I argued against this view in a number of articles on […]

BYOD is the answer, now what’s the question?

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Given the continued hype around BYOD it would be easy to think that it is the solution to every organisation’s mobile requirements. Claims about the benefits it brings, that organisations have no choice but to adopt a BYOD model, that younger employees expect to be able to use their own devices in the work place […]


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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has to be one of the most written about subjects in the history of corporate IT. Every day new articles are published about the benefits and risks associated with staff using their own devices at work, the need for detailed policies covering the use of personal equipment, how to manage […]