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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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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. And don't think that this is only going to affect big companies, this is going to impact everyone in IT, because if you're not making use of this information, your competitor certainly will be.
All CIOs, IT Directors and even IT Managers should read this book. Highly recommended.
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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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