Disrupt IT – one year on

A year ago I published the book Disrupt IT in which I defined a new model for IT that meets the needs of the digital business. The book also described seven principles that provide CIOs and Boards with a framework for building the IT capability their organisation needs to succeed in the digital age. The […]

What can CIOs expect in 2015?

It has been another challenging year for CIOs; there has been continued speculation about whether there is a long-term need for the CIO role and plenty of headlines about other areas of the business becoming more involved in technology decisions and holding their own IT budgets. Will 2015 see more of the same or will […]

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 Digital CIO – fact or fiction?

I recently gave a keynote speech at an IT vendor conference at Gleneagles. The brief for my presentation was to explain to the audience of CEOs and other senior executives from a cross section of the technology vendor community how digital is changing the CIO role and what this means for IT vendors in terms […]

When will this madness stop?

During a recent presentation to a group of CIOs about my book, Disrupt IT, I used data from an Accenture survey to demonstrate why an increasing number of CMOs are being tempted to bypass their IT function and deal directly with IT suppliers. The purpose of using the data was to illustrate the need for […]

The definition of insanity?

It is almost a year since I wrote an article entitled CIOs: CMOs do not want your job in which I talked about the relationship between the two roles and in particular how CMOs needed their IT function to work differently to support the organisation’s digital transformation. One of the sources I used in that […]

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 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 […]

CIO reporting to the CMO – are you serious?

It is not new news that the CIO at hotel group Marriott International reports to the firm’s CMO but it resurfaced again recently in an article published by CMSWire titled “Should the CIO Report to the CMO?” The fact that Marriott’s CIO reports to its CMO first surfaced in December last year when the organisation’s […]