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Invisible Support

My mother, who you may recall has dementia, has recently moved into residential care. We have tried very hard, as I have occasionally recounted in this blog, to maintain her independence as long as possible. As well as remote control central heating (bought in), we have used a tracker (software partly written by me), passive infra-red detection (hardware built and []

Publish and be damned

In the last few days information has been in the forefront of the news in the UK and US for different reasons. In the UK the public consultation on what is known as ‘Leveson II’ comes to an end very shortly. This is about enacting one of Sir Brian Leveson’s proposals from his inquiry a few years back which would []

Leviathan

I was going to start this first blog of 2017 – Happy New Year, by the way – talking about mergers and acquisitions, and particularly the CIOs role in such work. Because of the Brexit vote Sterling declined in value and UK companies look to be very good value to foreign investors. Despite the experts fears following the Brexit vote []

Silence is Golden

Did you know that 68% of all statistics quoted in presentations are made up? That at least was the findings of a market research company who later admitted that they had made it up, to prove the point. As I write it is “Black Friday” – another American import to incite us to shop more. Last year we spent £1.9bn []

New Perspectives

I recently moved home. I have referred to the process which seemed slow and old fashioned in earlier blog posts. My wife and I are more or less settled in now, but I have noticed some changes, changes that have happened without me really being aware of them. I have developed a new set of habits – without ever being []

Creative Tension

Much is made of segmented IT these days, whether in the form of our own CIO Connect Field of Play or Gartner’s bi-modal approach, or just a general agreement that one size doesn’t fit all. That is good progress from the “EDP” days – electronic data processing for those too young to remember it – where a consistent process was []

Hindsight

As I was casting around for a topic to hang this blog on, I heard on the Today programme on Radio 4 a story about Afghanistan. Soldiers were apparently not being well looked after when their tour of duty ended, but adding to their post-traumatic stress is a new stress that lawyers are bringing through now investigating actions taken in []

Event Horizons

At our Conference a couple of years ago, Dr Simon Moores illustrated the power of exponential growth by telling an anecdote about how long it would take to fill Wembley Stadium with water. Like all such anecdotes, you have to suspend disbelief – Wembley must be waterproof, the plumbing must be able to supply water at the required rates – []

Resources

In our dealings with CIOs we often hear the refrain ‘I don’t have enough resources’. Not surprising perhaps – demand for IT services grows very quickly, and it is the role of the senior executives to make hard decisions about what to do which is realistic and achievable, recognising all of the constraints and opportunities. By resources people usually mean []

Advisory

Margaret Thatcher once said “advisors advice, ministers decide”. The recent referendum is not binding on parliament, it is advisory. But, in a representative democracy as Mathew Parris put it very eloquently in The Times, a referendum can create a massive disconnect between the representatives and the voice of the people. When the vote is split 52 / 48 that becomes []

Read All About It

When I’m about to write my blog I look for a topic from what’s going on around me, write about it, sometimes obliquely and make a connection which I hope is not too tenuous with what we see happening in the CIO’s world. This morning as I write I have the radio on, which sounds archaic even as I type []

Well-meaning Advice

I have been struck by a recent set of separate articles about diet. As someone who has to watch his weight, and whose job involves giving and attending dinners and lunches, eating out sometimes seems to be an occupational hazard. But now I learn that diets do not work and that there is a gene which separates thin people from []
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