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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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arriva appoint CIO Claire Hamon

Rail and bus transport company Arriva has appointed Claire Hamon as Group CIO. This is the first time Arriva has appointed a CIO in the UK. Hamon joins the business from the legal sector. Arriva, part of the German Deutsche Bahn rail business is one of largest rail and bus operating businesses in the UK, operating bus services in Kent, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the North East. Welsh rail is also an Arriva operation. Hamon, who started work with Arriva 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

Engineers WSP appoint Cabinet Office COO as CIO

The UK arm of Canadian engineering firm WSP has hired the COO of the Cabinet Office to be its UK CIO.  Lesley Hume joins the Toronto headquartered business as CIO for both the UK and South Africa and will report jointly to the UK CEO Mark Naysmith and the WSP Global CIO Gino Poulin. WSP has been on a major acquisition spree since 2014, when it acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff from UK construction giant Balfour Beatty in 2014. That $1.24 billion 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

CIOs, don’t create Frankenstein’s monster

Mary Shelley’s dark and chilling novel Frankenstein is more than a thrilling read, for the CIO community it remains a stark and timely warning. “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change,” Shelley’s protagonist states and in the wide ranging discussions we have with the CIO Network it is clear that cultural change continues to be the greatest problem organisations face. But it is not just our organisations that are changing, technology is reshaping 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

CIOs discuss the importance of health and well being

Horizon CIO Podcast season review – we saw in the Horizon CIO Podcast community was the support, care and enthusiasm for those CIOs working in healthcare and for bravery and passion of Avril Chester and Paul Heywood Being healthy, returning to health and working in health are key to being a successful CIO. The Horizon CIO Podcast season of January to July 2018 featured two stories from our community that bring it home just how important health and well being 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

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