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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CIOs can use the cloud for more than just innovative solutions


Whichever way you look at it cloud computing is set to have a dramatic impact at both an enterprise and personal level. There are already many private companies using cloud to deliver services and the UK Government recently opened its CloudStore through which the public sector can procure cloud services. The first orders were placed […]

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 […]

What is it with the CIO role…

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…that even its very existence seems to be regularly questioned? There is no other C level role that is discussed as much, whose purpose and longevity is debated and doubted in equal measure. As a CIO myself, it is more than just a bit annoying to find one’s profession regularly called into question. In the […]

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 […]