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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: 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 Roundtable debate: Digital factories delivering transformation

This Horizon Business Innovation CIO event will debate: Digital factories delivering digital transformation and how low code is a powerful tool for CIOs looking to create agile organisations able to adapt to changes in the marketplace. Featuring a keynote presentation from one of the UK’s leading business technology leaders and a debate moderated by Mark Chillingworth, CIO Community Editor for the last 10 years.   Comment and share this article0

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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