CW Digest: Capgemini’s CTIO joins us, top tips for Interim CIOs and an AI how-to | Nic James Jennings| Knowledge Bank

CW Digest: Capgemini’s CTIO joins us, top tips for Interim CIOs and an AI how-to

We’re in a unique and fortunate position of having a front-row seat in the CIO arena. As a global hub for tech leaders to share their experiences and perspectives and a provider of initiatives developed for CIO community engagement and development – we are able to share a bird’s eye view of the tech landscape.

With that said, here’s a round-up of content and events.

#Trending Traits of the Modern Tech Leader

Modern tech leaders exhibit specific behaviours and attitudes, which have changed over time. It’s to be expected as the evolution of the role demands more insight, practicality, and vision. 

We explore some of the attributes emerging prominently over the last year or so. They include being analytical and direct, understanding people, having an appetite for emerging tech and business-driven tech strategy.

Being knowledgeable about these and other topics is important for the success of any modern tech leader.

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Capgemini CTIO to speak at CIO WaterCooler LIVE Manchester

“I’m looking forward to meeting the CIO community at CIO WaterCooler LIVE. Living in Sale and having worked for Capgemini since 2001 it is my pleasure to share my experience as CTIO for Europe. Together we will consider the key technology trends that are relevant to us today as well as assess our wider role in IT and society.”

– Gunnar Menzel, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer EU, Capgemini

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Tips for starting your AI journey

While it’s still bandied about loosely, AI has become more than a buzzword. Businesses are actively exploring how AI & Machine Learning can optimise how they operate.

This interesting read by technologist and consultant Johan Steyn, provides a step-by-step approach for leveraging AI effectively. He talks about the process and pitfalls with great insight.

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CIO WaterCooler TV: Delivering change as an Interim CIO

It’s become common for CIOs to take on interim positions, as they provide exposure to varying challenges and technologies, not to mention the flexibility.

Andy Williams was the interim Chief Digital and Information Officer for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Andy shares his approach to delivering transformation as an interim leader, some of the challenges he faced and the opportunities the NHS is exploring.

Quote of the week: Heena Prajapat, Global VP IT,
Harsco Environmental

Heena has enjoyed an illustrious career, holding senior IT roles at Rolls Royce, G4S and Babcock. She believes that diversity of thought is essential for IT teams to be successful. Gaining perspectives from different parts of the organisation while acquiring talent who think in different ways than the traditional technologist has seen her teams enjoy outstanding accomplishments. We asked Heena, “If there’s one thing the CIO should focus on, what should it be?”

“Don’t forget to check in with yourself, and remind yourself that you are doing just fine. After all, we are but human, digital revolution or not!”


Digital Boardroom: Reducing the cost and risk of cybersecurity investments

Our next Digital Boardroom focuses on the important issue of information security, from the perspective of Managed Detection and Response. 

With an ever-evolving threat landscape, a more hands-on approach to information security is required. 

In this virtual session, Fran Howarth, Practice Leader- Security for Bloor Research will delve into the practicalities, risk and cost around managed Detection & Response.

Date: 12 February 2020
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 GMT
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Thank you for reading this week’s Digest. We strive to provide content that’s relevant for our members. If you would like to take part, share your experiences and perspectives via our LIVE, Digital Boardrooms, or CIO WaterCooler TV – do get in touch.

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