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How IT people can lead the business

After gorging ourselves on the football Euros, southern hemisphere rugby bloodbaths,How IT people can lead the business cricket tests and Wimbledon, you might be forgiven for thinking we should have no more appetite for sport this summer – but the Olympics are likely to prove all the rest were a mere taster for the real feast.

The huge pull of the London Olympics will of course translate into massive demand among employees to access and share videos and programmes via their desktop devices, and how you avoid the consequent crash on your corporate networks is covered by Steve Turner of Intergence.

Beyond the Games, though, the real focus of this issue is on IT innovation – to look beyond recessionary penny-pinching and examine how IT could actively lead the business towards growth.

Some of the UK’s biggest expert consultancies contribute to this debate, with PA Consulting’s Robin Gear outlining practical steps to IT innovation, Jennifer Booth and Eddie Short of KPMG focusing on the exploitation of analytics and big data, and Capgemini’s Laurence Buchanan looking at the best way to manage the continual cycle of innovation in consumer devices and technologies.

With research on innovation from the Economist Intelligence Unit and The Corporate IT Forum, through to other contributions from Teradata, Pegasystems and Quocirca, our coverage aims to move you from initial research to practical delivery, and from the desktop to the data centre in showing what can be achieved.

Hopefully it will inspire some creative thinking that will help your company and do no harm to your own standing in the organisation.

At NCC we are looking to innovate ourselves, and our new membership offerings as well as our regular new publications and information streams are detailed in this issue. Among the publications, our latest Guideline on big data, pulled together by an author team from Capgemini, is one of the strongest advice guides we have produced.

No-one at NCC is sitting back, we know you have to keep delivering value in times of recession, and we know the same message applies to our members in IT departments across the UK – hopefully this issue will help you in that task. But if you need a break...well enjoy the Games!

Tim Ring
Editorial director
The National Computing Centre Ltd

Download the whole issue as a PDF: IT Adviser, Issue 70, Summer 2012

Industry news – Summer 2012 - 11 Jul 2012

Logicas 1.7bn sale raises doubtsThe news that UK IT services stalwart Logica has agreed to be sold for 1.7 billion to a smaller Canadian firm, CGI, has prompted concerns among industry analysts:Douglas Hayward, IDC European services research director: Logica sells out to CGI the end of an error...We often ... read more..

The CIO as innovator - 11 Jul 2012

PA Consultings Robin Gear provides a series of practical steps to help IT leaders become more innovative within their organisation.CIOs and other IT leaders are increasingly being asked to deliver innovation while at the same time maintaining excellence in day-to-day operations. However, recent research shows that while 56% of the ... read more..

Beyond big - 11 Jul 2012

Chris Armitage of Teradata explains why a combination of innovation, discovery and advanced analytics is key to unlocking value from big data.As the big data phenomenon continues to gather momentum, more and more organisations are starting to recognise the unexploited value in the vast amounts of data they hold: according ... read more..

BPM: the next wave - 11 Jul 2012

Dr Setrag Khoshafian shows how the next generation of business process management applications based on dynamic case management, analytics and mobile and social BPM can help companies respond better to business change.Achieving business transformation can be a challenging task when most organisations are locked within the technology constraints ... read more..

Selling security short - 11 Jul 2012

The infosecurity market is buoyant, says John Colley of (ISC)2 good news for the professionals concerned, but leaving some organisations short of talent.If youre a well-trained, experienced professional in todays IT security market, you are facing a world of opportunity. But if youre an IT executive looking to find ... read more..

Faster, higher, stronger - 11 Jul 2012

Will your business cope with the extra network traffic load generated during the Olympics? Dr Steven Turner of Intergence offers his top tips for protecting your mission-critical applications.With the Games just around the corner, the excitement about the Olympics is reaching fever pitch. An anticipated 1 million people will descend ... read more..

Mindset migration - 11 Jul 2012

Moving to the cloud involves more than just technical change, says David McLeman at Ancoris. The main benefit and challenge for the IT department is the innovative transformation of business thinking as a whole.There are two sides to cloud computing. From a technical point of view, it changes ... read more..

At the centre – Summer 2012 - 10 Jul 2012

NCC offers new membership benefitsNCCs membership packages now include the option of joining the prestigious Institute of Directors, giving you access to the IoDs range of services, buildings and events so you can now enjoy IoD services even if you are not yet an IT director!NCC has also introduced ... read more..

When mobile meets the mainframe - 10 Jul 2012

Getting enterprise-wide access to mobile apps may transform your company, but how easy is it to achieve? Micro Focus Derek Britton finds an unlikely solution in the shape of 50-year-old Cobol.There is no question that mobile computing is still on the rise, and as the capability of todays smartphones improves, ... read more..

Innovating at the core - 10 Jul 2012

Its always hard to rethink your data centres, but they must now adapt to virtualisation and cloud computing, insists Quocircas Clive Longbottom.Information technology is an ever-changing world. The moves from mainframe to distributed computing and from client/server to web-based computing required changes in the thought process behind how computing was ... read more..

Integrating ideas and insight - 10 Jul 2012

Ricohs Chas Moloney shows how forward-thinking CIOs can help sales marketing keep on top of the flood of customer data.As the electronic methods to gather customer insight continue to evolve, the CIO can play a key role in helping the chief marketing officer (CMO) move the company even closer ... read more..

Beyond the bits and bytes - 10 Jul 2012

KPMGs Jennifer Booth and Eddie Short explain why, to develop innovative businesses, IT professionals must accept that information takes precedence over technology.For far too long, the priority of the IT organisation has been on systems and technologies and not on the information within those systems, which is the lifeblood of ... read more..

IT innovation in recession - 10 Jul 2012

Research from The Corporate IT Forum shows that IT innovation and investment is back on the agenda. Ollie Ross reports.There is nothing new about innovation in IT or, to be more precise, IT innovation in business.The Corporate IT Forum hosted an Innovation Models Processes in IT workshop back ... read more..

Keeping track of digital disruption - 10 Jul 2012

Capgeminis Laurence Buchanan charts the challenges for IT professionals in keeping up with the constant innovation in consumer communications technologies and devices.The last five to 10 years have been characterised by a communications revolution. During that time we have seen the mass rollout of broadband and mobile broadband, an explosion ... read more..

Why IT projects go wrong - 10 Jul 2012

Leslie Gunde of Focus Initiatives aims to solve a long-standing dilemma.Business today is driven by continuous change and the need to address new threats, opportunities and expectations. As a result, projects are becoming less the one-offs that managers needed to deliver alongside the day job, in order to address specific ... read more..

Listen and lead - 10 Jul 2012

OK the business may be dangerously ill-informed, admits Gary Cornell, but that doesn't mean IT can stop listening to them.When I was asked to write this column on 'How does IT lead the business?', it immediately brought to mind what I have often thought of as the best Dilbert cartoon ... read more..



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