There’s no such thing as shadow IT

Headlines and surveys about shadow IT and the measures that CIOs should take to control technology expenditure outside of their budgets are still commonplace. And, whilst the exact level of shadow IT activity may be difficult to quantify and will vary across different organisations, one thing is clear: technology budgets held by non-IT functions are […]

Do you have the right type of IT?

There has never been a better time to work in IT; never has technology been so fundamental, so strategic and so important as it is in the digital age. Technology is being used to create new types of products and services, enhance existing products and services and create deeper, more rewarding customer experiences. And it […]

Views from the summit

CIOs are facing many challenges and opportunities as a result of the digital revolution that is sweeping across every industry. Digital is changing the nature of business; it has made markets more dynamic, put the customer in charge and placed data at the heart of the organisation. To succeed in digital markets an organisation needs […]

Staying in the game

CIOs and are IT functions are facing many challenges caused by the digital revolution that is happening in every sector. For some CIOs the challenge is being able to cope with the demand for new technologies, solutions and services whilst in other organisations the IT function is struggling to move at the speed required for […]

How CIOs can lead the conversation

In a recent interview with CIO Magazine in the US, Boeing CIO Ted Colbert talked about his leadership philosophy and the lessons he had learnt on his journey to the C-suite of the aerospace and defence giant. Relationships figure prominently in Colbert’s story. He has made establishing, developing and strengthening relationships across the organisation a key […]

The start-up dilemma

I visited Cyprus recently to deliver two keynote speeches about digital business on behalf of a large telecoms client. During my presentation I explained why becoming a digital business was inevitable, how technology was driving the digital revolution and, through a series case studies, described how different organisations had already used technology to enable new […]

Spot the CIO

The annual unveiling of the CIO 100, a list of the UK’s most transformative technology leaders, took place in London recently. As in previous years the list demonstrates the role that the UK’s leading CIOs are playing in the transformation of organisations of varying sizes across different industries. As a former CIO and a previous […]

A tale of two CIOs

Two news stories about major decisions made by CIOs have caught my attention recently. The two articles in question highlight one of the key issues facing the CIO role at the moment; in the digital age, with technology playing a key role in enabling new business models, products and services, and with non-IT functions becoming […]

The CIO role is not getting more difficult

Technology has never been so important, so strategic and so fundamental to businesses as it is in the digital age. Technologies such as social, mobile and cloud are enabling new and disruptive business models, and have helped move technology from being a back-office function that supports operations to a front line service contributing directly to […]

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 […]