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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Government CIO to give .Next conference keynote

CIO for the Irish Government Barry Lowry is to be a keynote presenter at this November’s .Next conference in London. Lowry, who has been Ireland’s foremost public sector CIO since April 2016 will share with peers how he is transforming public sector services in Ireland. Lowry became Irish Government CIO following five years as Director of IT Services at the Enterprise Shared Services division which supplied technology to Northern Ireland. Lowry has been in public sector IT since 1998. “My 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

Cox Automotive hire CIO with IoT experience

Vehicle auctioneers Cox Automotive has appointed Glenn Fishwick as CIO. Cox Automotive says it is increasing its focus on “connected technology”. Fishwick joins Cox Automotive from MDS Global, a technology services business focused on the Internet of Things and virtual networks. Cox Automotive provides auction and wholesale services, financial services, media, and software, and operates internationally. The business employs over 2,300 people in the UK providing solutions to its clients through businesses that include Manheim, Movex, Motors.co.uk, Modix, Dealer Auction 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 interview: Stuart Birrell’s tech modernisation at Heathrow Airport

In part 2 of the Horizon CIO Podcast interview with Stuart Birrell explains how you modernise the IT and team, but retain heritage and valuable experience Stuart Birrell has been CIO for Heathrow Airport since June 2015. Heathrow is his second CIO role in the congested flight space around the UK’s capital, he was CIO of Gatwick airport from 2008 to 2011 and led the technology split from BAA, the organisation that at the time owned and operated Gatwick and Read

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