The evolving role of savvy business technology leaders

As the chief executive at your company, if you discovered that you had some major financial standards compliance issues within your organization, would you be concerned about the risks associated with that exposure?If your designated outside auditor had bypassed your internal finance department and chose instead to work directly with your individual Line of Business leaders, would you want to know why? Moreover, would you intervene?Yes, it's a rhetorical series of questions. And I think we all know the answers.Did you know there's a movement that's already in progress that could impact your company's provision...

By David H Deans, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise.

Assessing how cloud computing has transformed the workspace

Today’s workplace is an entirely different animal to just five years ago – and it’s growing and changing at a rapid rate.

The huge amount of enterprise mobility solutions on the market are enabling employees to do various tasks on their smartphones and tablets; as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on the unveiling of the Salesforce1 app, he could run his entire business from his phone.

Yet none of this...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infographic.

Business technology literacy in the cloud computing era

What if you could deploy a new IT service shortly after you defined the requirements? And, just imagine the bliss, if your IT spend could directly translate into a competitive advantage. Predicting the ROI would be relatively easy. You would be the envy of your peer group.

Unfortunately, as most senior executives already know, it's never that simple.

Typically, you perform the technology assessment due diligence up-front, you place your bets based upon the most compelling guidance, and then you closely...

By David H Deans, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

New Zealand case shows why the CFO is “critical” to next phase of cloud adoption

Chief financial officers “hold the keys” to the next phase of cloud adoption, according to analyst house IDC, because they are among the last ones to move into cloud services.

The analysts, who have collected their findings in the latest Asia Pacific cloud survey, say the CFO has an important role to play in terms of moving to a more optimised business model. In other words, it’s to ensure that the CFO sees cloud as a strategic differentiator for companies, as opposed to just being a...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Rackspace CEO retires, claims time “as good as any” to step down

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier is to retire after eight years heading up the open cloud provider, with co-founder Graham Weston stepping back into the breach on an interim basis.

Weston, who was chief exec from 1999 to 2006, said in a blog post that “what we build from here, we will build on the shoulders of a giant.”

In a conference call with analysts, Napier noted that “now is as good a time as any” for him to step aside, citing...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource.

CIOs told in latest report to “embrace cloud or be left behind”

A survey from Capita IT Services has revealed that CIOs see cloud computing as a key enabler to business innovation, yet boardrooms are “nervous” places where execs have to convince them cloud adoption is the way forward.

The research, a combination of roundtable sessions and surveys featuring nearly 150 CIOs, found some interesting points regarding cloud adoption. More than three in five (61%) believe that improving the company’s innovation is now one of their highest priorities, with a...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Why cloud services will kill big bad whole-of-government IT projects

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

Momentum for cloud services adoption in government grew solidly in 2013 and looks certain to accelerate in 2014. We believe that growth in cloud services adoption by agencies will drive a change in the core logic of whole-of-government IT strategy. Cloud services offer a less risky win-win-win path towards IT modernization and intra-agency collaboration. Big bad experimental whole-of-government IT projects are dead. Long live the new logic of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Government.

The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand

It's official: virtualisation has made it. On the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Services, it has scaled the “peak of inflated expectations”, traversed the “trough of disillusionment” and is inches from the much coveted “plateau of productivity”.

For now, it remains on the “slope of enlightenment” -- but it’s a technology right on the cusp of an evolution that will expand...

By Len Padilla, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Forecasts, Virtualization.

How cloud is giving CIOs a bigger seat at the boardroom

Bill Gates once said: “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.”

In many ways this quote could also be used to nicely summarise the biggest change in the business world over the last 10 years - the evolution of information.

Information management and analysis has always been vital to businesses, that much is obvious. But while information has always been there, it’s...

By Pontus Noren, 14 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data, Enterprise, Strategy.

CIOs still reluctant to adopt cloud, says new survey

A new report from sourcing providers Alsbridge has revealed that, in the UK, cloud computing accounts for only one fifth of the IT budget.

This puts doubt in the thinking that cloud adoption in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market is accelerating – or, more particularly, that executives see cloud as the cornerstone of a bright, shiny IT future.

Last month research from Robert Half Technology revealed how cloud computing is...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Economy, IaaS, Research.