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?

10 must-reads for a CIO who is creating a social media strategy

Consumerisation is changing your business. Smart CIOs will already be thinking of ways to deal with the influx of consumer-purchased IT, finding ways to connect such devices securely and to let workers collaborate effectively.

Much of this connectivity will be facilitated through a mix of mobile technology and social media networking. Social media retains a . . . → Read More: 10 must-reads for a CIO who is creating a social media strategy

Find innovation or the IT department will be dead in 10 years

What will the cloud mean for the IT department? Will it mean the end of traditional IT organisation or will it create new time and space for technology executives to think in a strategic manner?

An interesting article by Martino Corbelli covers the issues, concenrating at first on the age-old problem for IT professionals; most . . . → Read More: Find innovation or the IT department will be dead in 10 years

The CIO role will not die because the business needs to know IT

It’s the whole point of this blog: if technology can be purchased like a utility on-demand, is the CIO position disappearing and what is the future of technology leadership?

The end point, apparently, is a world where individual business units take responsiblity for IT decision making. But is that a realistic end point?

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Is your strategy too focused on short-term benefits?

You’re a CIO – how good are you at delivery? Is your strategy focused on the now or on something, somewhere, in the future?

The second focus – if you can even call it that – sounds a bit, well, unfocused. However, CIOs need to think beyond the glory of an instant win.

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P&G CIO Filippo Passerini is Information Week Chief of the Year

Good news for Filippo Passerini, who has been named Information Week Chief of the Year.

The award recognises an IT leader who demonstrates a compelling IT vision and strategy, and the ability to deliver business benefits as a result. Passerini, who is CIO and president of Global Business Services at Procter & Gamble, has dramatically . . . → Read More: P&G CIO Filippo Passerini is Information Week Chief of the Year

Michael Healy takes CIO role at AXA Equitable Life

All change at the top of insurance firm AXA Equitable Life, where Michael Healy has been elected CIO by the company’s board.

Healy will be responsible for directing the company’s systems strategy and delivery, including infrastructure, application development and corporate architecture. His promotion to the top technology post at AXA Equitable follows Kevin Murray being . . . → Read More: Michael Healy takes CIO role at AXA Equitable Life

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

Do CEOs really want IT transformation?

How do you spend most of your working day? Are you running or standing still? For the majority of CIOs, running in the right direction (forwards, obviously) is not an option – they simply have to spend too much time on current concerns.

That is the conclusion of research from the CIO Executive Council, which . . . → Read More: Do CEOs really want IT transformation?

Lead transformation or watch IT die

Analyst Gartner suggests CIOs must conquer the key source of executive and company failure: managing strategic change. Gartner says CIOs must do more to ensure that IT plays a role in business transformation in an environment where 70% of CEOs believe business change and entrepreneurialism will increase during the next five years.

To explain how . . . → Read More: Lead transformation or watch IT die