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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Panoma Press Ltd (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909623334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909623330
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
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An excellent round-up of the key challenges facing CIOs and ways to address them. -- Nick Leake (CIO, King's College London)

About the Author

Matt Graham-Hyde is currently chief information officer for Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP and a leading insights and consultancy group. As CIO, he is responsible for the technology strategy and execution across the 100 countries where Kantar's 28,500 employees work on behalf of the majority of Fortune 500 companies. Matt has over 15 years experience as a CIO in major international businesses. Matt founded and operated his own consultancy specialising in re-engineering IT in mergers and acquisitions. Born in London, Matt has travelled and worked extensively around the globe. He has delivered business growth programmes, rationalisations, offshoring and strategic change. Notwithstanding his technical background, Matt's user friendly, relaxed business style enables the communication of complex technological ideas in an understandable, usable manner. Over the last few years Matt has been a regular presenter at various industry seminars and workshops on new technology and the developing role of the CIO. He is based in the UK.

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By A. Roberton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2014
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Imagine a can of Coke that can communicate with the other cans on the shelf in a supermarket.

Imagine it can communicate with other products from the same company and also recognise `stranger' products from other companies.

Imagine it can identify with you, the consumer by communicating with your iPhone.

Imagine it will know what products are in the basket with itself.

Imagine that when it leaves the shop, this can of Coke knows not only where it is but also how it is travelling, whether by taxi, bus, train, or car.

As well as knowing it's destination and what else was in your fridge or cupboards it will also know where it was consumed and what with.

And it can send all this information back to it's manufacturer.

This is called sensor technology and is not quite as far off as you may think. In fact - it's here now.

Cloud computing, social media, big data and sensor technology are the biggest things to impact IT since the mainframe computer. Sensors coupled with social media will generate huge amounts of information and it is being able to use this big data effectively that will see companies rise and fall. Given the can of Coke example above imagine what Pepsi could learn from the 680 million cans of Pepsi it produces in North America alone! Current IT systems cannot possible cope with the scale of this and therefore the whole landscape of IT is changing. This means that the CIO role is completely changing too and Matt Graham-Hyde expertly explains how in his book 'The Essential CIO'. He explains very clearly and with incredible insight how things are changing and suggests how to tackle these changes.
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The Essential CIO is an excellent account of the challenge faced by the CIO in organisations running complex IT environments. There is recognition that the more traditional IT company needs to fundamentally change to deliver what the business actually requires through awareness, honesty and outcome based focus.

Through an understanding of the competitive landscape powered with Cloud, competition is coming to many if not all business and the CIO has a unique role to fill. There is a new approach needed to enable organisations that are not from the Cloud era to compete.

Matt explains the change required by IT to enable growth and new revenue streams. This challenges many of the practices relied upon over many years.

Personally, I found this book a refreshing account of how the role of the CIO is increasingly changing, why and what the future possibilities are of the role to succeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent description of changes CIOs must drive 17 Oct. 2014
By Jose Solera - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on his experience, Graham-Hyde articulates what he sees as the changes CIOs must undertake, themselves and their organizations, to ensure survival and success in the future. The typical suspects make their appearance: big data, mobile, cloud. But it's the perspective of the changes needed to make IT a business driven and run organization that are most valuable.
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is the best one I've seen that methodically describes why we need ... 4 Jun. 2015
By christopher l molloy - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is the best one I've seen that methodically describes why we need to change in a revolution over evolution approach. I recommend it highly for anyone in IT that wants to understand how change in the industry affects CIOs and those who work for a CIO.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up Call to IT Leaders on tech game changers 16 Feb. 2014
By Sam Motes - Published on Amazon.com
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Disusses the consumerization of IT through the impact of social media and the mobility BYOD freight train bearing down and wrecking havoc. The IT Leader who is unwilling to adapt due to an outdated perspective of the value of IT or technically challenged by a cluster of legacy systems that no one has the stomach to under take a upgrade on is the norm and challenges the business to stay up with the new kids on the block unhampered with the legacy systems and mind set. The author also makes the case for why big data is a big deal breaking down the barriers to entry in many industries at an alarming rate. Mainly big picture with little tactile guidance but is certainly a wake up call for IT Leaders. Be an enabler and not a roadblock is the key message. The author's term for a "Kodak moment" being when a company falls behind due to not being able to perceive the paradigm changes around them that are killing them quickly was priceless and is one I am certain I will steal and reuse. This is a good read for any IT Leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you Want to be a 21st Century CIO, Read This Book 19 Dec. 2013
By Patrick Moroney - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Graham-Hyde has captured in this book the new technology, business, talent, and social nexus issues and challenges that are coming together to create a landscape of reinvention demanded of businesses today. The pervasiveness of the internet and internet enabled technologies is changing everything and fast. The old way of thinking was about trying to keep up while Graham-Hyde makes it clear that that thinking will relegate at best a business among reinventing competitors. The CIO as the envisioner, architect, and builder of many of the new digital capabilities and services needs to be thinking and acting like the CEO and helping the CEO rethink and disrupt old patterns, habits and expectations (partly because all CEOs aren't there yet themselves). The 'essential' CIO has to be out in front pulling towards an undefined destination - this book gives the CIO the framework for doing that logically and puts a foundation of thought underneath the basic building blocks of the successful 21st century future. The CIO has to move beyond holding onto traditional processes and systems and, while not compromizing delivery and systems integrity, move at a pace enabled by using new construction design and tools. This is a cool book for challenging your thinking and getting yourself beyond 'the way things are' to 'the way things are now' whether you and your company are there yet or not. If you are not thinking this way, acting this way and leading this way, if you need a solid kick in your mindset, read this book. (Patrick Moroney, CIO Central State Funds, Rosemont, IL, USA)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Book 24 April 2014
By Sachin Rajgire - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a book that describes challenges and future of CIOs . MR Hydes book is very good read for challenges facing today and trends we will see in future. Highly recommend.
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