Let's start with public sector news this week, where the Information Commissioner has announced a range of measures that public authorities will face if they continually fail to comply with the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Mick Gorrill, head of enforcement at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), said that public bodies that repeatedly fail to […]
One of the talents that doesn’t fall naturally to IT people, that of ‘selling a solution’ to the business. Like a great meat pie, it contains lots of good and worthy content. The issues are understood, the solutions are solid and they are immensely ‘doable’. But…and there is a but, depending on the audience, this great strategy may not have the impact that the CIO wants it to have.
The relationship between CIOs and their FD is often up for discussion, but for what might be the first time, an FD is taking on the CIO role. As part of a board level reorganisation at British American Tobacco the Finance Director, Ben Stevens, will be adding the CIO role to his responsibilities, we heard earlier this week. In his […]
In the week that Gartner told CIOs to plan for a double dip recession, because of the uncertainty in the economy, pointing out along the way that 90% of CIOs currently have the experience of working through a recession and shouldn’t waste that, they also dropped their 2010 IT spending forecast. IT spending, globally, will now only reach $3.5 trillion, […]
What are IT Leaders thinking about? Everyone of our members are different and their circumstances are different. Most non government organisations will return to that annual festival – budgets. And this time, for the first time in a century or so, so will our government members!
A recent weekly poll from CIO Connect suggested that just over three quarters (78%) of CIOs think that business intelligence equals better decision making. Steve Pauline, the business intelligence lead at Premier Foods, responded to the resulting Insight article by saying that he finds it difficult to argue against any of the comments or views contained in the article as they could all, perfectly legitimately, be applied to the use of business intelligence (BI).
Let's start with UK businesses, who are extremely keen to get their hands on public sector and government data online – but have no plans to widely share their own information, a new survey has revealed. A study of 1,000 organisations across the country by data integration company Informatica found that 68% had no plans to share data, despite 83% […]
The week's news was led by the Budget – and the government should trust local councils to make their own decisions on IT-led efficiencies. That is the verdict of Socitm, the local government IT managers' association to the Budget, which urged authorities to freeze council tax levels and imposed a two-year public sector pay freeze for those earning above how […]
Enterprises need to improve their approach to cloud computing governance, according to a new report from Ovum. The analyst firm said that a failure to properly implement governance for cloud applications could cause harm in the long run, and that companies are often too reactive, overly reliant on technology, and piecemeal in their approach. Ovum explained that cloud governance is […]
First up, a move which could provide more hope for CIOs hoping to climb the executive ladder. Tesco has announced it will replace its outgoing CEO with its head of group IT. Philip Clarke currently has responsibility for Tesco's international operations in Asia and Europe, as well as group IT. He will replace CEO Sir Terry Leahy who is set […]
A warning to start this week's review – businesses should test Microsoft Windows 7 this year, in order to orchestrate a move away from Windows XP by 2012. That is the verdict of analysts at Gartner, who said many businesses were skipping Windows Vista, so would have to move to Windows 7 because version 8 remains “nowhere in sight”. Microsoft […]
UK parliament opened again for business this week and the Queen named high-speed broadband roll out and the abolition of the national ID cards project as priorities for the coalition government in the coming 18 months. Her speech at the state opening of parliament also mentioned a commitment to removing barriers to flexible working. The Identity Documents Bill, if enacted, […]