A recent LinkedIn post by Marc Dowd (You must become a disruptor) makes no bones about the fact that the pace of change brings many dangers for slower moving organisations. Harvard Business Review recently talked about executives expecting ‘moderate or massive’ digital disruption in the next 12 months. Lower startup costs and the proliferation of consumer IT contribute to a general lowering of barriers to entry to many areas of business, creating an extremely dynamic and ever-growing competitive environment.
Author: Chris Weston
There has been a fashion in corporate IT to utilise IT Business Partnering as a way of getting ‘closer to the business’ – ensuring the IT team are working in alignment with the organisation as a whole. This is often a good model if the organisation has many diverse business areas with specific requirements and challenges. As the advance of consumer technologies removes barriers to entry and lowers investment costs for new entrants it could well be argued that in large organisations this is critical to future success, or indeed survival.
Barely a day goes by without another report of poorly implemented security in ‘smart’ IoT devices used to control lights, heating etc, whether it’s an inherent design flaw or simply bad practice during installation. A recent survey into security in Building Automation Systems revealed that whilst 86% of systems are connected to the Internet in some way, and over half the respondents thought an attack could do significant harm to the organisation, only 29% had implemented security systems around their BAS.
Do you find yourself frustrated by ‘the business’ not ‘getting it’? You might be an Angry CIO, and you might be making matters worse.