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The Horizon CIO Network book club recommended reads

What the Horizon CIO Network has been reading and discovered from those tomes. Side HustleBy Chris Guillebeau, When Richard Cross was CDO of engineering firm WS Atkins he informed me that as a business technology leader he’d become aware of, and was happy that members of his team had hobby careers, more often called side hustles. Many people in organisations have a entrepreneurial streak, but need the reliability of a regular job. Author Chris Guillebeau says in his title the Read

Swansea University hire CIO to be CDO

Swansea University has appointed CIO Mike Day to be Chief Digital Officer (CDO) the Welsh academic establishment has confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network. Day is returning to the UK following a three year CIO role in Sydney Australia. “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Day as Swansea University’s Chief Digital Officer,” Swansea University said in a statement to the Horizon CIO Network. “Day has extensive experience and has an innovative, transformational, strategic and student-focussed approach that 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

CIO Interview: Andrew Jordan, Carlson Wagonlit Travel CTPO

“This industry has been obsessed with the transaction,” Andrew Jordan says. Jordan is Chief Product & Technology Officer at corporate travel management firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel. His job title is typical of the latest wave of CIOs that have become oriented towards the customer, technology and the product. Carlson Wagonlit provides a wide range of business travel, meeting and event management services and claims to fill over 260 Boeing 787s with travellers every day, who stay in 100,000 hotel rooms, Read

Pfizer appoint CDO and see how digital will improve core business

International pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer has announced the appointment of its first Chief Digital Officer (CDO). The New York headquartered business announced the appointment of Lidia Fonseca as CDO in a raft of leadership changes. Pfizer is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical businesses and produces a wide range of medicines and vaccines for cardiology, endocrinology, immunology, neurology and oncology. It is also famed as the maker of Viagra the erectile dysfunction drug. Fonesca joins Pfizer from the pharmaceutical sector. “Given Read

CIO jobs update September 2018

The demand for chief information officers (CIO) continues to be strong as September 2018’s pace of role changes remained as vibrant as the summer of 2018, which as the Horizon CIO Podcast reported, was unusually high – like the heat. Demand is in fact so strong one of the UK’s leading search agents told the Horizon CIO Podcast editor that they are seeing unprecedented levels of demand and have found some search placements hard to complete. On the interim circuit 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

RSA Insurance appoints CDO for data strategy

Challenge to the CIO? Insurance giants RSA has appointed Gillian Tomlinson as Chief Data Officer (CDO) for its UK and Western European operations. In a statement London headquartered RSA said it as CDO Tomlinson will be responsible ‘for the development of a new strategic capability for data that extends beyond management information”. A role that some observers might argue challenges that of a CIO. Tomlinson joins RSA with considerable data management experience having been CDO with Whitbread the hospitality organisation Read

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