The Changing Role of the CIO

Once a bastion of technical experts, in recent years the CIO role has evolved into a more business-focused position. According to a survey in CIO Magazine, many now feel that their cloud experience has provided sufficient commercial nous to prepare CIOs for the CEO position. This is yet to be realised, with few CEOs coming […]

To standardise or not to standardise that is the question?

Firms looking to move their infrastructure and processes to the web, are faced by the key questions of how and when should they standardise both their environments and processes. Those working in the industry will cite the mantra ‘never outsource something until it is efficient and well documented’. Does this apply to the cloud as […]

Is IT Strategy the same as Cloud Strategy?

The other day someone asked me why we, as a small company, have effectively two brands; one focused on delivering IT strategy assessments and transitions, and another similar brand with a cloud focus. The question was, is there a difference, and do you need two brands? Initially I was adamant that, yes, there is a […]

Changing Paradigms in Banking

It was interesting to see the announcement that BBVA are moving their mail and office services to the cloud. I have been debating with a number of colleagues from the banking industry the future of the cloud in banking. In the wider services and financial services world, that is less tightly regulated than the big banks, it […]

Can Businesses Have IT All?

Over recent years, we have seen a number of trends among large corporations trying to get clarity on their real IT costs and squeeze efficiency from their resources. It is interesting to compare some of the approaches, and how they restrict the value that can be gained. Some companies tried to ringfence their IT by creating […]

A true story of SMEs and IT

I was speaking with a contact of mine who is working with the finance area of a medium-sized services company in London. What he told me provides an enlightening view on the craziness that one can so easily find in smaller enterprises when it comes to managing IT solutions. The company is fairly sizeable with over […]

Is the Cloud Like Coffee?

You might think I am mad, but I see the decision on cloud like the decision on buying a coffee machine for the office. What?!! Am I mad? No. It is a basic management decision, pros versus cons, investment versus benefit, running cost versus opportunity.  Lets use this as a simple example to see how cloud compares […]

Are you Inert or Nimble?

In previous posts, we were looking at inertia in larger organisations. Transitioning to the cloud, despite the benefits it may bring, is a daunting concept which must be passed through several stages of approval. We have discussed factors including, the big players’ belief that they have already reached economies of scale, their entrenched IT teams […]

What Really Adds Value to Your Business?

Watching the outsourcing decision of some organisations, I wonder if they really understand what really adds value to their business! Stepping back and looking at them from the outside, I doubt they can genuinely justify their choices for the target of their cost saving exercises? Which one of these adds more value to the business; a […]