From guardians of technology to suppliers of capability

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Unfortunately I can’t take the credit for the title of this post which I have adapted from a tweet that came from the Ovum Congress 2012. The full tweet was “IT will change the emphasis from guardians of technology to suppliers of capability”. This reflects the impact that disruptive technologies, and in particular, cloud are […]

Bucking the trend

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I attended the 2012 launch event for the Harvey Nash Annual CIO Survey last night in London. It was a very interesting and thought provoking evening which prompted some good discussion in the main room, at the reception afterwards and on Twitter. You can get more information on the results of the survey here. One […]

Is BYOD a red herring?

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is without doubt one of the hottest topics in the IT industry at the moment with daily headlines covering subjects such as potential savings, productivity improvements and security issues. Vendors are rushing to develop and release device management tools to assist IT departments with managing a plethora of employee owned […]

The world is on tablets


On a recent trip to Australia and Malaysia I was struck by how many tablet devices, the vast majority of which were iPads, I saw being used. Given the amount of press coverage being given to the ‘post-PC era’ which will see the PC being replaced by mobile devices accessing cloud-based services, and the spectacular […]

The Digital Natives are restless

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Time Inc, a division of Time Warner, recently published the results of a study titled ‘A Biometric Day in the Life’ that looks at the use of different media platforms and how this has been affected by the proliferation of digital devices. The results provide a fascinating insight into the media consumption habits of “Digital […]

Three ways the CIO can drive transformation in 2012

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In a previous post on Transformation and the CIO I explained why I thought that CIOs were uniquely placed to drive business transformation. With the economy still struggling, the need for technology enabled innovation and transformation has never been greater. CIOs can play a key role in helping lead their organisations out of these challenging […]

The future is mobile, consumerisation is inevitable


All the research, statistics and trends are fairly conclusive; the future will be based on mobile devices in general and smartphones in particular. Here’s a selection of some recent stats on the subject: In 2011 more smartphones than PCs were sold; vendors shipped 489 million smartphones in 2011, compared to 415 million PCs, including pads […]

Bring Your Own Device: Should CIOs be worried?


Not surprisingly many CIOs will have mixed feelings about the consumerisation of IT and specifically the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. Should CIOs be excited or worried by consumerisation? Should they be promoting BYOD or playing it down? The consumerisation of IT is a fairly straightforward concept but one that has potentially far reaching […]