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 . . . → Read More: Less than a quarter of CIOs feel data on mobile devices is secure

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 . . . → Read More: Confidence is key for CIOs in the age of the personal brand

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,” . . . → Read More: Can suppliers bring something useful to the strategy table?

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 . . . → Read More: Vendors who target the CIO should really sell to the IT manager

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

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 . . . → Read More: Three reasons why IT consumerisation fails: support, selectivity & security

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