Even in the quietest moments

OK, so another nod to one of the well-listened-to tracks of my student days, but an interesting introduction to some thoughts on the challenges of today’s CIO. The song starts: “Even in the quietest moments I wish I knew what I had to do…” Now, I am sure there are more than a few CIOs […]

What About the Public Sector?

We are all aware of the, often glacial, progress of the public sector. Bigger, usually means slow lumbering progress, and government is usually about as big as it gets. Chris Chant, head of the the Government’s G-Cloud programme, addresses the problem in this blog post, calling the current IT infrastructure unacceptable. With little first-hand public […]

Can IT Clean Up its Act?

Working on the proposals for high level IT strategy and cloud propositions, not to mention other more specific IT projects, we are often met with a big problem of what I call “inertia” – namely that IT is never seen to switch anything off.  A proposition to move, say, servers out of a data centre […]

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 […]

Moving Always Costs, but Who Pays?

In my last post I hinted at the dilemma of who pays for a cloud project. There would appear to be few issues and some major advantages to scaling out to the Public Cloud, as you can pay as you go or pay for what you use. But is this really the case? The problem […]

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 […]

From a Newly Minted Evangelist?

Those that know me well would be surprised to find me evangelising on the cloud. However, I am not an evangelist. For me, it is clear that the cloud is not just a trend, but a fundamental shift in the way IT is provided that no business can ignore. So I genuinely believe that every […]

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 […]