Can CIOs innovate with no budget?

The need for organisations to innovate is not new. Businesses have always had to develop new ways of working, improve their existing products and services, and create new types of offerings to stay competitive. But as more organisations start to embrace the opportunities and threats of the digital world, it is clear that innovation is […]

Can CIOs really become CEOs?

There has long been a debate as to whether CIOs have the right skills and experience to become CEOs. And whilst there have been some high profile examples of this happening they still tend to be the exception. The issue was brought to the fore again recently following comments by Isabel Rutland, the co-founder of […]

Dear CEO…

I often use this blog to give advice to CIOs about how their role is changing in the digital age and what they should be doing to ensure they can take advantage of the opportunities that these changes are creating. Over the last few months I have had conversations with a number of CIOs that […]

Time for CIOs to step up

According to some of the headlines generated by the results of the 17th Harvey Nash CIO Survey, CEOs are now focusing more on how to use IT as a means of generating revenue as opposed to cutting costs. The key figures behind the headlines are that 34% of the 3,700 technology leaders that responded to […]

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 […]

The good, the bad and the ridiculous

CIOs never cease to amaze me. And I mean that in both a positive and negative sense. On the positive side we have CIOs such as Stephen Kneebone, Phil Jordan and Christina Scott who topped this year’s CIO 100. These CIOs are using technology to help transform their organisations. They are both business and technology […]

Who needs an IT strategy?

It may seem a strange question in the digital age, but do organisations need an IT strategy anymore? At a time when technology is playing such a key role in the transformation of every industry, disrupting established markets, driving innovation in products and services, and enabling completely new ways of working, surely having an IT […]

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 […]

The CIO’s dream CEO

That was my reaction recently when I read an article by Martha Heller on CIO UK’s sister site in the US. The article was based on an interview with Michael White, CEO of DirecTV, a satellite TV company with 32 million customers in the US and Latin America. So what prompted this reaction? When asked […]

CIOs get the CEOs they deserve

CEOs get the CIOs they deserve. That was a recurring theme of this year’s CIO 100 reception at which the leading transformative CIOs in the UK were honoured. I was reminded of this phrase recently by CIO UK Editor in Chief, Mark Chillingworth, while we were discussing the current state and future of the CIO […]