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Increasing performance at low risk – Containers & Microservices enable agility

This roundtable debate will discuss and investigate how microservices and containerisation technology can enable organisations to increase performance and not increase the cost of the IT estate. The debate will focus on how these two technologies enable an increase in business performance. Containers and microservices provide the ability to move to continuous delivery methods. As businesses look for an ability to respond to rapidly changing consumer trends or market conditions this debate will analyse how these two technologies enable organisations Read

Obituary: CIO Lorraine Campbell 1964 to 2019

The CIO community has lost one of its leading lights. It has been confirmed that one of the many victims in the terrorist events in Sri Lanka over Easter was Lorraine Campbell, IT Director for the Al Futtaim conglomerate in Dubai. Campbell, 55, was staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel when the bombs were detonated on Sunday. She had travelled to Sri Lanka for a business trip. I have had the pleasure of being connected to Campbell since 2012 and Read

James Thomas to keynote May 1 CIO debate

Wellcome Trust CTO James Thomas will be the keynote speaker for the May Horizon CIO Network roundtable debate in London. Thomas has been CTO for the world recognised medical research charity since March 2016 having joined the Euston Road, London headquartered organisation from a year with technology services provider Atos. Thomas, was CIO of the University College Hospital London Hospitals (UCLH). During his eight year career with UCLH Thomas won plaudits for his transformative way of working with suppliers ensuring Read

CIO Podcast: AI, the law and ethics

CIOs and organisations need to define their ethical standards as they embark on the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), the community heard at a recent Horizon CIO Network roundtable. The first Horizon CIO Network roundtable event of 2019 focused on how organisations can implement artificial intelligence (AI). CIOs from major financial services, medical, retail, education, manufacturing and housing joined the debate. Keynote for the event was Alistair Maughan, who has been a partner with leading law firm Morison Foerster LLP Read

CIO Roundtable debate – Applying AI

There will be no hype and no ludicrous claims; this Horizon CIO roundtable will focus on how AI can be deployed in 2019 and instantly used to help organisations solve business problems. Event partners Amido believe AI will go mainstream in 2019 and this roundtable debate will demonstrate the reality of that premise. The discussion will focus on how AI can empower team members to create more value for customers, as they are freed from mundane tasks, how structured and Read

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

Associated British Ports appoint first CIO

Associated British Ports has hired its first CIO, hiring Harm van Weezel from the Welcome Break motorway services operator. CIO van Weezel will begin his role on February 25. In a statement CEO of the port operator Henrik Pedersen said Associated British Ports (ABP) needed a CIO as it is: “Continuing to advance our IT capability, including customer-facing IT solutions, is a critical part of this.” ABP operates 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Immingham, in Yorkshire is the Read

CIO Fin Goulding to leave Aviva for Flow startup

CIO of Aviva International Fin Goulding is leaving the financial services company to join the post-Agile methodology startup The Flow Academy he helped found a year ago and described to the Horizon CIO Network. Going from a Senior Executive managing large scale technology teams to a startup is the challenge Goulding has set himself after experiencing senior CTO and CIO roles at gaming firm Paddy Power, insurance business Sabre, online organisations travelocity.com and lastmInute.com as well as financial services providers 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

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

Neptune Energy hire new CIO

Oil and gas exploration and production company Neptune Energy has hired the former CIO of Seadrill, it has announced. Kaveh Pourteymour joins the London headquartered business from a four year career with Seadrill, which is also in the oil exploration sector. Neptune Energy is backed by Carlyle Group, an investor in Addison Lee and many others. CVC Capital Partners and the China Investment Corporation are also investors in Neptune Energy. Pourteymour has spent the bulk of his business technology leadership 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

JCB digging for a new CIO

JCB, the UK based manufacturer of construction equipment is on the search for a new CIO. Stuart Hughes has been CIO at the Staffordshire based business since June 2016 having joined JCB from hotel rooms aggregator Laterooms. “An outstanding new CIO is sought to pick up the baton,” JCB said in a statement. The new CIO will report to the CFO, but “will play a key role in leading and shaping this global function”. JCB said the role will have Read

easyJet seeks new CIO, airline confirms

Luton headquartered airline easyJet has confirmed it is currently searching for a new CIO following the departure of Chris Brocklesby to telecoms giant Vodafone, as the Horizon CIO Network reported last week. A spokesperson for easyJet told the Horizon CIO Network that: “a recruitment search is already underway”. In recent years the technology leadership role at the pioneering low cost airline easyJet has been the runway to a successful flight into transformational roles. Amongst the leading CIOs to have piloted 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

Creating the right structure for effective information security

The debate about whether information security is part of IT or not is one that has been ongoing since information security first rose to prominence as a subject. Security itself is not solely an IT issue, but as the percentage of the security threat that comes the internet has increased over the years it has, perhaps understandably, come to be seen as that. The problem stems from the fact that there is no real consensus on where information security sits, 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

Information provenance to put the I into CIO

The twin challenges of innovation and cybersecurity are making the provenance of information vital to CIOs, according to Serguei Beloussov, the entrepreneur behind Acronis a security and backup specialist. But Beloussov is not alone, a number of recent conversations with CIOs and next generation service providers demonstrates that as organisations use the full power of cloud computing to develop and implement edge computing opportunities, the number of threats increases as do the innovation opportunities. The debate about securing devices has 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

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

RSA Insurance CIO David Germain to keynote CIO roundtable

David Germain CIO of the international insurance business RSA is to keynote the November Horizon CIO Network roundtable dinner in London. The debate will discuss with peers and industry leaders how information is the key to the CIO 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 Read

Centrica Consumer hire DWP CIO Mayank Prakash

CIO Mayank Prakash is joining international energy firm Centrica, the business has confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network. Prakash will be joining Centrica Consumer as CIO the energy supply and connected homes business. Centrica Consumer is focused purely on residential customers and has the British Gas energy supplier, Local Heroes skilled traders directory and Dyno the drain clearance business under its arm. In North America Centrica Consumer operates Direct Energy a power supplier, Centrica Consumer also operates Bord Gais Energy, Read

Holland & Barrett add CTO and Transformation Director to team

Health and food retailer Holland & Barrett has bolstered its technology leadership team with the recruitment of a CTO with major retail transformation experience at former catalogue retailer Argos. Holland & Barrett International has appointed George Goley as Chief Technology Officer, and Doug Nesbit as Group Strategy & Transformation Director. Holland & Barrett have confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network that Mark Fabes remains with the business as CIO. Fabes joined the Nuneaton based business last September and has experience Read

Horizon Scan – Digital Transformation CIO roundtable debate

The Horizon Scan roundtable is a new concept based on feedback from both the CIO community and from next generation service providers. The event will feature 4 non-competing next generation service providers being interviewed by CIO Community Editor and podcast host Mark Chillingworth. With Digital Transformation at the forefront of many organisational strategies, the Horizon CIO Podcast has brought together 4 unique next generation service providers that can help CIOs deliver a digital transformation to their organisation. This event is 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

Jack Welch’s destiny control indicates CIO leadership challenge

“Control your own destiny, or someone else will,” said Jack Welch, the iconic CEO of conglomerate GE. Welch was referring to the destiny of companies, but Welch’s words have more meaning today than ever, because unlike during Welch’s impressive tenure at GE, every individual has the ability to control their destiny. As a result, a business leader has to be very aware of how empowered their team members are. In the early years of all our careers being with the Read

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