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. . . . → Read More: Technology that meets outcomes: Good IT is about backwards storytelling

Technology experts must talk about engagement rather than difference

No more. Please, no more turgid and clichéd examples of how children use the internet in a different way to adults. Attend an event and you’ll more often than not here an expert speaker eulogise about the innate multitasking abilities of their kids.

It’s meant to fun and perceptive. It isn’t – it’s actually boring . . . → Read More: Technology experts must talk about engagement rather than difference

CIOs cannot push their brand value if they are not social media animals

I attended a CIO event recently where attending IT leaders were reminded to use the conference hashtag. The response in the hall? Laughter.

That response is at best embarrassing and at worst negligent. Too many CIOs still fail to recognise the significance of social media.

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CIOs need to get honest and brush up on their communication skills

When was the last time you were straightforward? Here’s a thought: too many CIOs are too closed about the potential of their technology projects.

IT often gets a bad rap in the business and, rather than risk being classed as a geek pushing another technology failure, CIOs can be guilty of covering up challenges and . . . → Read More: CIOs need to get honest and brush up on their communication skills

A third of IT leaders believe the cloud will kill off the CIO by 2020

On-demand is changing enterprise IT provision but it’s going to be a slow evolution rather than a revolution and, in the majority of cases, the CIO will still be the executive in charge of technology.

That’s the conclusion from exclusive research by careerisover.com, which polled readers in regards to their opinions on the likely effect . . . → Read More: A third of IT leaders believe the cloud will kill off the CIO by 2020

CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

It’s always nice to get involved in a debate about the future of the CIO on Twitter, especially when it’s in response to one of your own comment pieces. Such a debate took place yesterday, when industry commentator Rob Bamforth came back to an earlier piece about CIO control.

He commented on the column, and . . . → Read More: CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

Fail to adopt 2020 vision and the cloud will kill the CIO

The cloud could be great – it could be the business’ way to buy IT on-demand in a cheap and more effective manner.

Then again, it could fall well short of expectations. We’re at such an early stage of utility computing that any attempt to create a sensible analysis of the cloud is inherently problematic. . . . → Read More: Fail to adopt 2020 vision and the cloud will kill the CIO

Line-of-business spending means the CIO role is by-passed

An interesting tweet from Techworld.com deputy editor Sophie Curtis this morning, who’s attending the SAP user conference in Birmingham (#UKISUG11), England.

She referred to a presentation from IT analyst and guru Ray Wang, who suggests that IT budgets have been cut by 5% this year but that . . . → Read More: Line-of-business spending means the CIO role is by-passed

Tony Redshaw is new American Express CIO

A big move for Toby Redshaw, this week. The 48-year-old, who was formerly global CIO for Aviva, has been named as the new executive vice president and CIO for American Express.

Redshaw succeeds Stephen Squeri, who had served as CIO since May 2005. Squeri added the duties of group president at American Express Global Services . . . → Read More: Tony Redshaw is new American Express CIO

The rise of the executive generalist

There’s a lot of talk about line-of-business and how executives from different areas have to listen, and then play, to the demands of leaders from other areas. That’s true but the status quo is also more subtle than that.

Rather than just listening, the modern line-of-business executive has to operate across multiple areas. CIOs, for . . . → Read More: The rise of the executive generalist