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CIO Podcast: Media CIOs personalise the message

Technology leaders from three major media organisations in live events, business data and daily news describe how digital is reshaping their sector and their role The media industry has been highly disrupted by the internet and the move by consumers to digital media. This has led to major changes in the business models of media organisations. For the March Horizon CIO Podcast, three leading media business technology leaders came together to debate the impact, but more importantly the opportunity, for Read

A bridge over troubled waters – What Winston Churchill can teach us about digital transformation

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s 1970 global smash hit is often considered their signature song. A calming and soothing song for deeply troubled times. By spring 1969 both politician Bobby Kennedy and minister and black rights campaigner Martin Luther King were gone – assassinated. Racial tensions were erupting across the US. The war in Vietnam was still lumbering along like some gigantic apocalyptic zombie just waiting to be put out of its dreadful misery. So just what were sensitive and reflective Read

Allianz UK move IT to COO as CIO departs

Insurance and asset management business Allianz UK is moving leadership of technology to the COO as its CIO Jabob Abboud steps aside. The change in the leadership of business technology is part of a organisational wide structural change, Allianz UK told the Horizon CIO Network: “Allianz UK is making a change to its organisational structure to bring together its IT and Operations teams under the leadership of Stephanie Smith, Chief Operations Officer,” a spokesperson said. “This change will streamline and Read

CIO Podcast, Editor’s review of the CIO & CTO job moves of 2018

A quarter of major business technology leadership hires in 2018 were for a CTO role. 2018 saw a small decrease in role changes amongst the UK’s CIOs and CTOs. Speaking to major search providers, they too are seeing an increase in demand for CTOs and at both ends of the country. Financial services was one of the most active sectors throughout 2018, perhaps indicative of the rising awareness that technology led challengers are fast encroaching on their business models. Early Read

Vodafone fly in easyJet CIO

Chris Brocklesby has checked out of low cost airline easyJet to become the UK CIO for telecommunications giants Vodafone, the Newbury headquartered business has confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network. Brocklesby spent over three and a half years at the IT helm of easyJet having replaced Trevor Didcock as CIO. The Luton headquartered airline has an illustrious history in business technology leadership and has seen CIOs Mike Sturrock, currently CIO with financial services business Domestic & General, CTO of Whitbread Read

Six trends of 2018, Editor’s review of the CIO year

The CIO’s role is more intense and critical than at any other time. When I look back on 2018 and the myriad of discussions held with CIOs and CTOs, whether at networking events, for podcasts or at major conferences such as the recent .Next by Nutanix, it is clear that organisations are well aware of the impact of technology. Therefore the demands on business technology leaders are at an all time high. Six key trends came out of the discussions Read

Hiscox CIO joins board of Turbonomic

US Fintech firm Turbonomic has appointed the CIO of Hiscox to its Board of Directors. Ian Penny is the second CIO to join the board of Turbonomic as Non-Executive Director, joining former GE CIO, Gary Reiner on the board. London based Penny, who has been CIO for insurance specialist Hiscox since May 2017, “brings deep expertise in leading all aspects of IT including strategy, development, engineering, operations and program execution”, Turbonomics said in a statement. At Hiscox Penny is responsible Read

CIO roundtable – Information strategies to deliver business value

Information and technology is the key to CIOs and their teams rising up the business value chain. The current wave of technologies, combined with a radical change in customer behaviour has given CIOs and CTOs an opportunity to be board level business leaders that enable the organisation to radically change the way it operates and to be able to operate at a pace that meets the needs of a new era of customer. A leading CIO search executive recently described Read

CIOs reflect on the Gartner Symposium 2018

Last week’s Gartner ITXPO and Symposium by the analyst house was as big as ever as business technology leaders from across Europe descended on Barcelona, no doubt partially enticed by the city and its ever pleasant weather for Symposium. The Horizon CIO Network caught up with two members to reflect on an event, that the Horizon CIO Network editor feels was lacking in hype, and all the better for it. There was a sense of grounded and practical insight into Read

De-risking innovation

With technology, if we stand still, we go backwards. But equally, as CIOs we need to be sure we’re deploying the right technology, in the right way. Here, Mark Aikman of Ignition Transformation explores how to avoid the greatest risks when introducing new technology. Everyone around us – from customers, to employees, to C-suite peers – now takes for granted the continuous evolution and transformative capabilities of technology. Not surprising, because as consumers they are offered re-engineered phones, doorbell apps Read

Banking CIOs, your customers are the CEO

Banks need only to look at the high street to see their future in black and white, or rather black or red. BHS, Toys R Us and House of Fraser are just some of the great British brands leaving empty shop fronts up and down the country. And if the banks don’t watch out, it’s looking likely that they will be next. Just like department stores, who thought their customers would never switch to Amazon or ASOS, the banks laughed Read

Nationwide Building Society recruit CIO as COO

Financial services organisation the Nationwide Building Society has appointed the CIO of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as COO.   Australian Patrick Eltridge joins Nationwide from a three year stint with RBS, which he joined from Australia’s largest telecoms provider Telstra where he was CIO for over four years having joined the Sydney headquartered firm from global bankers Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to his career with the Hong Kong headquartered Standard Chartered Bank Eltridge was CIO with major Australian Read

CIO interview: Tony England on Wolseley becoming Ferguson

Tony England gives an insight into how Wolesley salvaged itself and became a leading US based business. Moving an organisation to focus the majority of its trading efforts into another geography is on the radar of a number business leaders in the UK at present. But back in 2008 this was not a common scenario. CIO Tony England has been on this journey and joined the Horizon CIO Network to discuss how he re-plumbed the Wolseley business and took part Read

So fellow CIO – here is the challenge!

  In this, my twelfth column for the Horizon CIO Podcast, I am describing just how extensive the landscape of change is that we all now face, and then scoping how you, the contemporary CIO, can best set out routes of transformational change genuinely relevant to your business. In earlier columns I have written about the diversity of new capabilities (from Artificial Intelligence to Blockchain) spawned by the new undercroft of computing power we can all now access. But that Read

CIO roundtable debate: Tomorrow’s digital services – April 24, 2018

The second Horizon CIO podcast roundtable dinner of 2018 will feature a keynote presentation from air travel CIO Simon Lamkin, CIO of Brussels Airlines, who featured in a CIO podcast on easyJet. This event will discuss how CIOs are discovering, researching and creating the digital services that their organisation and vertical market will require for a sustainable future. Horizon CIO podcast roundtable debates are an opportunity to meet next generation technology service providers.  This event, on April 24, 2018, will Read

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