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Disrupt IT: A new model for IT in the digital age

Disrupt IT: A new model for IT in the digital age [Kindle Edition]

Ian Cox
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Technology is being used to disrupt and reinvent markets, products and services. Disruptive technologies such as cloud, social and mobile are opening up a world of new possibilities for the digital business.

However, with these developments comes new pressures for IT; technology is now more accessible to non-IT staff, awareness and knowledge of its application within the enterprise has never been higher and, as a result, expectations about what can be achieved are higher too.

CIOs and IT functions are struggling to cope with these changes and risk being bypassed as a result. Shadow IT is growing and an increasing proportion of the organisation’s technology expenditure is held outside of the IT function. These factors are driving the need for a new model for IT; another significant step in the evolution of the CIO role and the IT function.

In Disrupt IT, Ian Cox draws on his experience as a CIO and as a consultant working with organisations to transform their IT functions to define a model for IT that meets the needs of the digital business. He also identifies seven principles that provide CIOs and Boards with a framework for building the IT capability their organisation needs to succeed in the digital age.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1031 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992822416
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Axin; 1 edition (9 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Ian Cox is a recognised thought leader in vision, strategy, digital transformation, and the role of the CIO and IT in leading and transforming organisations. In addition to writing and speaking about business and technology issues he also works with clients across many different industries on both a short-term and long-term basis providing consulting, advisory and coaching services.

Ian has over 20 years of business experience covering IT, commercial, business development, operations and business change across a number of sectors including Utilities, Support Services, Media, Entertainment and Automotive. He also has experience of working with the public sector, acquisitions, due-diligence and technical and organisational integration.

Most recently Ian has worked as a CIO leading and transforming IT functions, services and platforms in complex environments with a particular focus on creating, aligning and driving business and IT strategies. Ian was named as a finalist in the British Computer Society's CIO of the Year award in 2011 and he was also ranked in the top 100 UK CIOs for 2012 by CIO Magazine.

His broad business experience together with his IT experience provides him with a unique insight into how technology can be used to shape and drive strategy, provide differentiation and enable transformation.

Ian provides his thought leadership through and He also writes a column for CIO Magazine and is regularly featured and quoted in the media. He is an entertaining and thought provoking keynote speaker at industry and company events on a wide range of business and technology subjects.

For more information or to get in contact with Ian please visit

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Ian has done a great job here summarising some essential points. The new CIO must sell the benefits of IT to the wider organisation and ensure IT are not just the guys on the third floor fixing laptops. IT is a strategic tool and one that can provide competitive advantage, IT facilitates growth, without innovative solutions researched and implemented by IT, the company is going nowhere. Ian's point about outsourcing anything that is not a differentiator sums up perfectly. You are not an IT company, don't let your IT department worry about minor details, think big picture, how can IT be used to make a difference, and do it.
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Wonderful exposition of the impact of the digital tidal wave on traditional corporate IT. Ian Cox has written an insider's guide to how corporate IT leaders need to step up, and a warning to big business who choose to leave digital leadership to others.
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This book is a clear, concise and practical guide for any CIO like me who needs to transform both themselves and their organisation to succeed in the digital economy. It is equally as applicable to any business leader to help understand the type of technology leader they need.

As a seasoned IT leader, Ian outlines the key steps to take to make the successful journey from the traditional "Service Provider" IT department model to being a "Technology and Services Broker" in partnership with the business to deliver value by unlocking the opportunities the digital world presents.

I have insisted that everyone inside my organisation should read this refreshingly engaging book - you should do the same!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for IT management 9 April 2014
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Insightful view of IT engagement and how things will and need to change in the digital age.

Ian Cox has recognised the need to adapt and change in order for IT to re-align with the digital business model. Ian has demonstrated a level of understanding that is not apparent across the changing world of IT delivery and the challenges that are now presented. Ian’s approach and identification of new set of IT competencies is exactly what the IT world needs.

An excellent read and one that should be at the heart of any IT managers read list.
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I have known Ian for over 2 years and I am always amazed with his deep understanding of how IT and Business needs to be fused to add value to the front end of the business.

As Ian has addressed and my experience also entails that IT is left behind to address infrastructure and other non critical business functions, even these tasks are been diminished by cloud computing.
This book helps IT professionals to gain insight on how to align, manage and create interface with key stake holders to give them value and get back into the driving seat.

IT has become a much more democratic system and dispersed across the organisation with more reliance than ever before, the question is how do CIO's support the business and bridge gaps, Ian discussed this and offers systematic solutions and with his wealth of experience built over the years this is a book that should not be ignored.

Simple to read, not too large to digest and offers advice from years of experince.
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