Network and News

Networking is core to our knowledge base and adds value to all our clients by sharing solutions and information.

Our Network & News service is designed for technology leadership teams that seek to benefit from meeting others whom face similar challenges. It incorporates:

  • 10 workshops each year – half day events, attended by around 20 technology leaders from multiple sectors. The events are highly interactive and include both specialist input and encourage participants to share real life case studies and experiences. Clients are guaranteed one seat at each event, for any suitable person in their organisation.A unique opportunity to learn from the network of your peers and use that learning to solve your challenges
  • Daily News – CIO Connect seeks out the news that matters to technology leaders and sifts this to only the most important items. This results in a daily email with the key stories of relevance to you. Clients can choose to have this distributes to anyone whom can benefit from this.
  • Points of View – CIO Connect publish regular thought leadership articles an a wide variety of relevant and interesting topics. These are written by specialists with a deep knowledge of their subject. The short articles are designed to question and challenge thinking to encourage ideas.
  • Quarterly Magazine – an online magazine is published every quarter – examining the industry, trends and news. Features include case studies of CIO’s whom are in the limelight. See the latest issue at the bottom of this page
  • Our thought leadership challenges the status quo and encourages creative solutions to old and new problems

Benefits of joining the Network & News Service:

• Our workshops help you solve problems, you’ll only hear real life examples presented by those who have encountered and worked through similar issues;

• Our workshops help inspire ideas to translate into action, we encourage robust discussion with your peers to ensure that you leave with approaches that you can implement in your workplace;

• Engagement with CIO Connect advisors at workshops, all of whom are highly knowledgeable and experienced and provide practical, pragmatic advice that you can really use;

• Our news service saves you time bringing you relevant information gathered from many sources.

Our Network is extensive across commercial, public and higher education sectors and we are working with the leadership teams of many organisations. This gives us a privileged position of being well informed about the current issues and challenges that technology leaders face.

Latest Edition: Spring 2018

CIO Connect Magazine

This Edition's Main Features:

Women in IT awards

We spoke with award winners from the recent Women in IT awards: Alison Davis, CIO of Francis Crick Institute and Floriana Molone, Head of IT Customer Services at LSE

CIO as Digital Business Leader

John Hemingway, CIO at University of Hull, talks with CIO Connect about his successes inside the university and broadening his role to including commercialising university digital properties.

How to break the IT upgrade cycle

It can be hard to resist the constant cycle of upgrading your company’s IT products every few years. Stable software upgrades could be vital for security, and on the hardware side you may want functions such as NWMe or USB-3, which aren’t supported in older hardware. Other times, your existing servers, storage, network, desktop, printers, and all the rest of…

Privacy and Control

It will come as no surprise to the people who read this blog regularly that I have been exercised by the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica story still doing the rounds on the mainstream news programmes. My preference for privacy has led to me leading a near Google-free existence , preferring to use DuckDuckGo or IXQuick as my primary search engines []

Ask and you may get

I am frequently surprised by how accommodating people and businesses are. Contrary to popular opinion of “computer says no” I think we are in an era of more flexibility than many people recognise. Whether buying a major item or smaller, whether taking on a service or subscription you can often find a deal. In part the challenge comes from finding []

Rules not Recipes

Throughout the Spring many people look at their lifestyle and make resolutions to fix some of the things they are most concerned about. This includes the amount of alcohol they drink and leads to ‘dry January’ or the amount they eat – especially following on from over indulgence over the holiday period. The newspapers and magazines pick up on this []

Telling Stories

Humans are storytellers. From time immemorial we have told stories to explain things we didn’t understand, and to paint a picture of a present and a future that others would accept and help make a reality. Inevitably this addresses the big questions of our existence and so encompasses religion, philosophy and politics where, unlike science, there are few objectively correct []

Meeting Expectations

CIOs are senior executives. Most, or perhaps these days it’s many, still have an executive assistant. I spend most of my life meeting with CIOs. So why is it so hard to get into the diary, and sometimes harder still to stay in it? I know, you’re thinking it’s about priorities, about value. I get bounced or pushed to the []

Yes, but No, but Yes…

Everyone dislikes dithering. It is particularly frustrating when someone you report to can’t make up their mind and give clear direction. Equally, it is difficult when so called decisions are revisited, and things you believe to be settled get reopened and discussed further. I have no magic wand to make these things go away. But it is possible to look []

Journey’s end

We are much given to describing activities as ‘journeys’. A project, the customer experience, even our own personal development is all described that way. A journey is then depicted as if it were a physical movement from one place to another. We talk about the target on the horizon, we discuss the progress we have made (especially when it is []

Life Changing

My maternal Grandmother was born in 1901 and died in 1995. When our three sons were small, we used her lifespan as an anchor for 20th century history and to illustrate how much had changed over the course of one life. From a world where transport was dominated by horses to ubiquitous cars; from being born years before the Wright []

September Morning Perspectives

Last week, early on a September morning, the sun is low in a pale blue almost cloudless sky. There is a heavy dew on the grass. The birds are singing in the trees that surround our paddock. There is no human sound to be heard in the stillness. Where the sun reaches the valley floor spiders’ webs sparkle on our []

From Atoms to Electrons

Last night I went to a meeting of the local history society – I know, some people get all the best gigs. The speaker was excellent and showed many images demonstrating the history of our area. For some reason, I particularly noticed one image. It was an old building and it had one of the early Sun Alliance insurance plaques []

Use your NED

Many organisations have Non-Executive Directors (NEDs), or similar individuals, even in the public sector. Sitting on the Board with wide experience they are just as responsible for the lawful operation of the organisation they are involved with as are the Executive Directors, with the main difference that they do not have to run anything within the organisation and should be []
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