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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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 jobs update – 2018 a summer of change

Talk to marketeers and sales teams and they’ll tell you that although the summer of 2018 was highly enjoyable, it has created a severe drag on business activity. Clearly the benefits of flexible working are not fully realised when the heat is on and the beach calls potential customers. Talk to the recruitment and search sector and they’ll tell you there is a real lack of available talent, from DevOps experts right up to CIOs and CTOs. Certainly the level Read

Ofcom recruit EE and BT CTO

Telecoms, online and media regulator Ofcom has appointed a new Chief Technology Officer, hiring Mansoor Hanif from telecoms firm BT. Hanif follows in the footsteps of David Doherty who was Director of ICT at Ofcom from 2013 to 2016 and led the organisation’s move to Office 365 and a range of other technologies and more recently CTO Steve Unger who left Ofcom in June, 2018. Doherty and Unger also joined Ofcom from careers in telecoms business technology leadership.   Hanif 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

Ti Media appoint CIO Lisa Gannon

Specialist consumer media business Ti Media has appointed Lisa Gannon as CIO as part of the organisation’s new strategy. Gannon joins the London and Surrey based business from technology analyst house Gartner. Ti Media came into being under this name in June following the acquisition of the business by private equity business Epiris LLP in March. The Ti brand hints at the businesses past as part of the Time Inc media empire and before that the business was known as 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

WhatsApp proving to be a powerful tool for CIOs

CIO Editorial: Community groups come together over a range of topics and discover opportunities On the 29th of July, 2018 a WhatsApp group was formed. This group was formed to fulfil a purpose, that purpose was to Enduro mountain bike ride the many passes of the Mont Blanc region of the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland. For the following seven days the WhatsApp group informed and entertained a group of six individuals from China, France, the UK and Australia, Read

CIO roundtable debate: Delivering change securely – May 15, 2018

The May Horizon CIO podcast roundtable dinner will feature a keynote presentation from Brigadier Alan Hill, formerly CIO of the British Army and now CDIO of the University of Exeter. This event will discuss making organisational change management secure. As organisations move towards a culture of an open ecosystem of partners, APIs, outside-in thinking and innovation labs, the need to remain secure remains constant. Over the course of this event’s debate CIOs will explore how organisational data is the lifeblood 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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