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ATMs, Microsoft and the End of Life

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Those of you familiar with this blog know that a recurring theme in our posts is planning ahead and being proactive. We like to think that strategy is a living process in organisations and not a one off and random act. Well sadly in many, and especially in big organisations, planning ahead strategically can be sadly lacking.

Let us examine a simple fact, way back in 2007, Microsoft announced that it would end support for XP that much loved but inherently insecure beast of an operating system that we all love and hate at the same time. They gave us all 7 years, yes 7 years, to migrate to something newer, better and more secure. The end date is 8th of April – after that, support will require penal license fees. Is the world ready? In a word, No.

To continue reading this post, please visit our sister blog at: ‘ATMs, Microsoft and the End of Life’

5 Steps to Embedding Operational Documentation in the DNA of Your Organisation

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So you are embarking on an operational documentation review. The reasons can vary: an upcoming audit, a standardization mandate from above, or more efficient knowledge transfer. No matter what the case, the task doesn’t exactly scream “sexy” but it needs to be done and it needs to bring solid results. Read More

Setting up the right IT Governance – Part 1

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IT Governance is no piece of cake. While there is no such thing as one-size governance, “over-governance” and “under-governance” are pretty easy to spot. The terrors of the former include redundant committees, attendees who show up because “it’s nice to know what’s going on,” and long paper trails that obstruct decision-making. The problems associated with the latter are arguably even uglier: failed audits, delayed projects, and political crises. As the CIO, you need to strike the right balance in setting up governance, and then walk the tightrope ever on.

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Why Generation Z Does not Want to Work for Big Corporates

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2013 Deloitte Report: Exploring Strategic Risk

2013 Deloitte Report: Exploring Strategic Risk

As a small but growing consultancy, we receive an increasing amount of applications on our vacancies with an increase in the quality of applicants.

This is an interesting trend and constitutes a shift in the perception of applicants towards big multinational corporates. As Maslow outlined in his famous Hierarchy of Needs, the need for self-actualization is most highly desired but often not fulfilled in a junior position within a large corporation. Generation Z, 18-30, tends to value this criterium with an increasing importance. This is one of the reasons to choose a startup with all its risks over the safety of a big MNC because you are often given freedom in how you are doing things and often partly what you do, e.g. Google’s 20 per cent set aside time per employee for own projects.

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5 Questions to Ask Your CIO as Non-Executive Director

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Chris Ham, Managing Director of cibsys, has spoken in cooperation with John Holland at the Eleven Canterbury event ’New Technology Trends – Risks and Opportunities for Non-Executive Directors and Boards on the 20th of January at the Institute of Directors. Often Non-Executive Directors find themselves in the position to ask critical questions about unfamiliar topics and this event aimed to equip them with the necessary tools and a critical set of questions to be able to stand up to seasoned IT executives.

In the following, we have picked five interesting questions which you can use to “penetration test” your CIO with. For your convenience, we have added related blog articles below the questions.

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Hit me when I’m down – The gloves are off in cyber attacks

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photo credit: Evil Erin via photopin cc

We all know in boxing that you cannot hit below the belt as well as hit someone when they are on the canvas. Sadly, in the world of IT security and hackers there are no such rules. Watching the recent real world events in the banking world, we have seen a number of banks hit with cyber attacks in the run up to the Christmas period.  Consumers relying on payments and being able to make purchases have been disrupted, dare I say, yet again. Poor old RBS group and especially NatWest seem to have taken the brunt of the hits in the past weeks (NatWest, Ulster Bank)
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Automation of Consulting and Decision Making Processes

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In the early days of IT we saw the simple capture of data and automation of basic repetitive processes – frankly by around the 1990s this wave of automation was largely complete. We have seen in the subsequent years the rise of the automation of reporting and monitoring systems. It is now time for the automation of decision making. All around from the rise of Big Data to the social network, semi-automated decision making processes are now enabling sound decision making, e.g. where to invest money, who to connect with on Linkedin to where to have lunch.

Read the rest of the article at our sister blog Strategy4IT: http://www.strategy4it.com/automation-of-consulting-and-decision-making-processes/