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Latest Edition: Autumn 2014

CIO Connect Magazine

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Brave new world

Bruna Pellicci, CIO at Ashurst LLP, talks about how engaging with her business colleagues is helping to enable business change

Innovation is not anything new

A round up of the key points from all the speakers at CIO Connects annual conference held in October

Computerworld's 2015 Forecast Predicts Security, Cloud Computing And Analytics Will Lead IT Spending

IT spending for security technologies will increase 46% in 2015, with cloud computing increasing 42% and business analytics investments up 38%. . Enterprise investments in storage will increase 36%, and for wireless & mobile, 35%. Cloud computing initiatives are the most important project for the majority of IT departments today (16%) and are expected to cause the most disruption in…

An unnecessary Evil?

I wrote in an earlier blog that I felt I could justify my bias towards Apple, at least to myself. This week I intend to try to partly justify that bias to you as well. It’s got nothing to do with their beautifully designed product either. Last week Google hit the news with a story of a woman who tried []

Open Microsoft?

Steve Ballmer was frequently quoted as saying “Windows first; Windows best” when describing Microsoft’s strategy for software. Satya Nadella has changed that position quietly and emphatically. The most visible aspect was with the initial release of Office on iPad – with the useful functionality tied to Office 365 – and the recent release for iPhone (and upgraded for iPad), not []

Nicks Notes

As often when writing my blog I have my headphones on and music playing. That is partly because of my love of music, partly the effect of working in an open plan office and needing to focus, and partly to be inspired. Depending on my mood I listen to very many types of music, and I listen to music a []

Paper Tigers

My colleague Richard Muddle and I were having a discussion. It wasn’t too serious, we were in the kitchen at work waiting for the kettle to boil. The cause of our debate was a phrase we’d read in a draft report about innovation and neither of us fully agreed with it, yet found it very difficult to succinctly rephrase the []

Optics

I’m in the middle of writing up our 2014 Horizons inquiry report. As I’ve mentioned before in these blogs that this year it’s all about Innovation, which both leads on from the previous topics and chimes with what Chief Executives want from their CIOs. One data point relates to what CIOs perceive to be the major barrier to being innovative. []

SARS, H1N1 and now Ebola…

Remember SARS? It was going to wipe us all out in 2003. 775 people died out of some 8,000 who contracted the disease, which is not trivial, but hardly the global epidemic that was feared. Although it did disrupt the Far East for a while, it wasn’t a disaster. Then in 2009 came a strain of the H1N1 virus, sometimes []

Left Field

When Nick Carr’s article “IT doesn’t matter” appeared in Harvard Business Review in 2003 it caused a firestorm in technology businesses and the analyst community. The rest of the world didn’t notice. I well remember the Gartner Analyst community working together to draft a reply which I saw prior to submission and was published in a later magazine. Carr refers []

Pushing

The CIO Connect Annual Conference “Innovation isn’t anything new” was a great success. We had more CIOs in the room than ever before and a set of great speakers. Today, though, I just want to pull one lesson out of the many interesting perspectives. It became clear as our presentations and discussions unfolded that there are differing mindsets and different []

Focus

There is only one real thing to write about this week – the CIO Connect Annual conference, which takes place on Wednesday 1 October. That means I can’t write in any detail about the four occasions recently where I have trusted someone to an extent none of us do normally and how each of those people have repaid that confidence []

United or Untied?

So Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom by 55% to 45% in favour. This was a long and gruelling campaign which, although it lasted two years, really came alight in the last two weeks – when some hastily made promises were thrown out in a desperate attempt to keep the UK together. Despite the vote being for []

Board Guidance

I facilitated two very different meetings over the past week. Interestingly, both came out with the same conclusion – and it was one that I didn’t expect. The first meeting was a Round Table meeting on the subject of Intelligent Security for the Digital Enterprise. The CIOs were joined by RSA – the security division of EMC – and Accenture. []