24 November 2021
This is output from a Forum Working Group set up after the 2021 BCS IT Leaders Conference where the question was raised in the annual IT Leaders Survey, “Is it time to press reset on our IT management methods”. The results can be found at the ‘Articles opinion and research’ pages of the BCS web site and it will be discussed at the 2022 conference.
As part of its mission to assist personal development, BCS ELITE the Computing Leadership Forum, is commissioning a series of digital leadership white papers to facilitate knowledge sharing for digital leadership. This first white paper focusses on CIO communication through interviews with three C-level panellists, each of whom works within different reporting structures, in order to compare and contrast their role and influence in their respective organisations.
The interviews surfaced some important realities:
- For a non-digital ‘pure play’, the digital/non-digital boundary - the digital divide - is tangible. The boundary can exist within the business, in the supply chain, and/or with customers, but must be bridged for digital to succeed
- It is an encompassing digital strategy, not just digital technology, that drives change
- Communications within and without the digital business must be carefully crafted in order to be effective; successful communications are conducted through multiple channels, including board level stakeholders, broader business leadership and customers
- Shadow IT often results from people being left behind in digital transformation
Highlights of interviews with Dominic Aslan, VP of IT, ShipServ, Ben Booth interim CIO, currently at Arup, and Sean Sadler, CIO of CTIL (joint infrastructure venture between Vodafone and Telefonica) are contained within.’
There is a survey associated with this report: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V7MX82D
Gary Lloyd MBCS CITP reports on why change needs gardeners not mechanics to deliver usable value, following recent research with BCS ELITE members. The full report on Gary's research is listed below under "Organisational Change Survey".
Steve Burrows and Jon G. Hall, Chair and Immediate Past Chair of BCS Effective Leadership in IT Group (ELITE), discuss if IT strategy is more about problem solving than about the adoption of new technologies.
Towards the end of 2015, ELITE members were asked to contribute to a survey, compiled by Gary Lloyd, an ELITE member, of the success or otherwise of organisational change initiatives. The results of that survey can now be downloaded from the following link on the ELITE website. It summarise, 159 responses, 110 of those from ELITE members.
Steve Burrows, vice-Chair ELITE, compares and contrasts the impacts of two popular project management methods, namely Waterfall and Agile, on business evolution and IT leadership.
ELITE committee member Jacqui Hogan MBCS deliberates on the current lack of female leadership within the information technology industry.
Rick Chandler of the BCS ELITE committee asks whether the internet needs a new economic model.
This article arises from the discussion on the BCS Elite group on LinkedIn ‘Just how responsible is IT for the financial troubles the world finds itself in?’ Jon Hall, Chair of BCS ELITE.
Steve Burrows of the ELITE Committee.
Be sure your investment strategy has a clear client focus said Ben Booth, Chair of ELITE.