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The CIO Challenge

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Leading the CIO discussion: A Networking place where “straight talking” technology related topics can be addressed head on so that collaboratively we can support the changing CIO office. We want to support those leaders who want to move their technology departments or operational utility services into the twenty twenties and beyond.
Craig Ashmole

Founding Partner, CCServe Limited

Trusting in Interim Consulting

Due to the nature of what Interim Consultants do they bring with them many years of exposure to multiple different IT change programmes across many differing business corporations. This is the experience one cannot just learn in a classroom environment. We all know that IT and Operational migration or change programmes are probably better handled by experience that’s been there or done it before, so CIO’s should utilise Interim’s to support their transition projects.

Cloud is here to stay

Brace yourself as we see major Cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google and VMware all building data centres in the European Union (EU) as locally based enterprises insist their cloud data stays in the region. Don’t use the lame excuse of security concerns to prevent your department exploring the Cloud. Cloud is not for every application in every business but it is for many applications especially Microsoft 365 and some utility applications to run one’s business. CIOs need to choose.

Technology Comfort Zone

The more open minded CIO would certainly recognise the value in the market of seasoned and experienced interim consultants. So take advantage of a temporary short term period using Interims to move the CIO office out of one’s comfort zone. Interims have agility, and gravitas to see what’s needed to be done and usually over qualified for the role, however interims often open up technology innovation and bring new fresh ideas to the table.

Straight Talking Technology Topics:

Boardroom Technology time bomb

Boardroom Technology time bomb

Board member time bomb for those not focused at Technology We should actually be concerned about things boards are ‘NOT’ discussing There have been many articles written about placing IT technology agendas on the boardroom table and also many recent blogs about the...

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Merger IT Survival Tactics

Merger IT Survival Tactics

Survival tactics during a business merger When engaging in a merger or acquisition the complexity of issues for consolidation of staff and technology becomes a highly charged and often underestimated undertaking. Apart from the obvious joining up of financial and...

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Dual paths of the CIO Role

Dual paths of the CIO Role

Why do we spend so much time scrutinising the role of the CIO? Much of the reason is probably as a result of the pace of technology change With every major computing paradigm that comes along driven by vendor marketing departments, CEOs tend to worry when their...

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IT role in Corporate Acquisitions

IT role in Corporate Acquisitions

IT role in Acquire, or Not-to-Acquire The changing landscape of the IT Technology arena within corporate Merger or Carve-out To acquire, or Not-to-acquire – The question most CEOs ask their CFO is:- Will the transaction drive financial rewards and what are the risks,...

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Outsourcing in Europe 2015

Outsourcing in Europe 2015

Outsourcing hits record levels in Europe - Summer 2015 Outsourcing activity in Europe recovers after the lull in the lead up to the UK general election, with more contracts negotiated than ever before The value of outsourcing contracts in the UK increased by 150% in...

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Cloud Affecting India Outsourcing

Cloud Affecting India Outsourcing

Cloud Computing Is Going To Rain on India’s Outsourcing Parade There are dark clouds on the horizon of India’s information technology and outsourcing industry. AstraZeneca PLC is sharply scaling back the business it gives to the Indian outsourcing companies that it...

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Gartner findings on CIO role in 2015

Gartner findings on CIO role in 2015

Gartner findings on the CIO Role change in 2015 Takeaways from Gartner research on the ever evolving role of the CIO. If you take a moment to scan the social media, technology is a constantly moving ball, but sadly the CIO role does not always move at the same pace...

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IT Consulting Straight Talk

IT Consulting Straight Talk

Do Businesses need more "Straight Talking" IT Consulting? There’s one thing that’s in short supply in almost every organisation, at every level, and that's straight talking – business frankness. It’s business’s biggest dirty little secret that in most companies, most...

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The CIO becomes the Chameleon In Chief

The CIO becomes the Chameleon In Chief

We are seeing a high volume of discussion on the expectations of the CIO and the need to change tactics The two-speed CIO just isn't going to cut it - tech chiefs need to be able to respond to changing environments and requirements more quickly than ever. he modern...

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