Less than a quarter of CIOs feel data on mobile devices is secure

Just when you have finally come round to the potential benefits of consumerisation, you go and do something stupid and leave the door unlocked. Many CIOs have been slow to recognise the potential productivity benefits of mobile devices. And even when there has been recognition, many IT leaders have not prioritised security.

IT leaders certainly like to talk up the importance of security. Get a group of IT leaders together and they will all state the enterprise is going mobile. What is more, they will suggest that security remains the number one IT priority for the organisation. Dig beneath the rhetoric, however, and a different picture emerges.

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Twitter: Being smart is great but you don’t have to prove it all the time

Message to all the self-promoting Twitter users out there: give it a rest. There’s nothing worse in the old school world of real life than having a conversation with someone that only talks about their own achievements.

In fact, it’s completely hideous: “Did I tell you about the time I achieved something brilliant? Actually, that reminds me of the time I was fantastic. I was, like, so amazing and everyone had to recognise that I was wonderful.”

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Confidence is key for CIOs in the age of the personal brand

What would be one of the words you would use to describe yourself? Technological? Strong? Communicative? How about confident? When you walk into a room, do you raise your neck a notch upwards or do you sink a little bit lower and wait for other people to take control?

Too many of us, and that includes a large number of CIOs, sink into the latter position. It seems more comfortable; if others are willing to be the centre of conversation, let them get on with it. Unfortunately, modern business is all about talking the talk.

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Can suppliers bring something useful to the strategy table?

Vendors need to pay more attention to the IT manager. I asked the other day whether the sense of the ever-increasing importance of the IT manager resonates with your business, and whether vendors continue to court the CIO when they should really be aiming for their senior IT sidekick?

“Sadly, CIOs mostly equal IT managers,” replied columnist and consultant Ade McCormack, recognising the contested nature of the IT leadership role and the belief that too many CIOs act operationally rather than strategically.

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The consumerisation of IT relies on empowerment and flexibility

How does the organisation cope with the influx of consumer IT? Turning a blind eye – which sometimes feels like the approach closely to associated to many organisations – is simply not an answer.

Neither, on the other hand, is locking down all access. Your workers now have access to better technology at home than in the workplace and they will expect to be able to use such IT to undertake work tasks.

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Vendors who target the CIO should really sell to the IT manager

Debate might continue over the future of the CIO role, but one thing is for sure: vendors selling technology to the business are not necessarily targeting the right man or woman when they target the CIO.

One reason is that the individual responsible for technology in an organisation is not always a board-level executive and often has to get sign-off from another executive, such as the finance chief. Furthermore, the increasingly contested nature of executive reporting lines means many service-based roles are being combined, such as an operations chief responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, facilities and technology. But even then, that is not the end of the problem.

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Senior executives are finally waking up to next-generation leadership

Nothing should be more important than the next generation of leaders. The future success of your business, after all, depends on the ability of your organisation to identify new people that can take on new responsibilities and inspire others.

It is, therefore, both encouraging – and concerning – that leadership development for senior managers has, for the first time, become the top priority for learning and development, according to the Corporate Learning Priorities Survey for 2012 by Henley Business School’s Corporate Development team.

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Technology that meets outcomes: Good IT is about backwards storytelling

Good IT tells a story. Once upon time there was an idea, a very good concept that used the best of technology to help people make the best of their skills.

It’s a tale of good over evil, where the IT professionals create something of beauty and simplicity that is usable, flexible and well designed. The story should always have a happy ending, but the potential for such happiness to be realised is dependent on a quirk in the narrative.

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Medium-sized businesses beat small firms to cloud computing roll out

Who’s leading the way when it comes to the implementation of on-demand computing? Rather than big CIOs of blue-chip organisations, research suggests medium-sized businesses are leading the charge to the cloud.

Managed services provider Claranet says 60% of medium-sized firm use cloud services, compared with 44% of small-sized and 48% of enterprise-sized organisations.

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Three reasons why IT consumerisation fails: support, selectivity & security

Any regular user of public transport will know their return to the daily commute in the New Year has been accompanied by a plethora of shiny Christmas presents.

In their posh leather covers, and tightly held and coveted by proud new owners, these devices often have the capacity to hook into the corporate network. The theory behind the consumerisation of IT suggests CIOs are having to create the means to allow business executives to make use of such-high powered devices. Research, however, suggests that consumer-bsaed access is not an enterprise priority. [...]