Does the Auckland Transition Authority (ATA) “Get” IT?

  Well, it doesn’t look like it!! If the following article is correct, then it looks like some really old school thinking has crept into one of our newest and most strategic organisations. http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/CFBB5E92DDF95D40CC25766A006D37F1 I agree with Rob O’Neill here. What on earth are they thinking? It is inappropriate, given the strategic nature of Information […]

Appalling News – Cost Focus Changes CIO Reporting Lines

The following article indicates just how out of touch some boards and CEOs are.  http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/mgmt/A4A67DD8661EC548CC25766500132991?opendocument&utm_source=topnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=topnews It would be very interesting in those companies where CIOs are no longer reporting to the CEO if IDC were to research the IT competency of the CEO and Board. I would also be asking them what they consider to be […]

Theft of documents raises cloud security concerns

We have been keeping a watching brief on Cloud Computing. Most of our current clients are not candidates for what currently passes as cloud computing, for good reason. They need to know where their data is stored. Some have a requirement for it to be stored in New Zealand or their own country, and they […]

What is a Virtual CIO?

It is interesting when you search the web just how many companies just don’t get what a Chief Information Officer (CIO) is or rather, should be. My point is that the strategic role of CIO, is often wrongly depicted as a technician, or IT manager, or the network guy, even by those offering CIO services. There […]

IT Governance Skills on Boards Revisited

I have been delighted in the response to the article published in the NZ Institute of Directors Journal on IT Governance Skills on Boards (this article is also available here). This has obviously struck a chord with a number of board members and others who work within organisations. Thank you to those who have expressed […]

Are Face to face meetings more productive?

Now here is an interesting research study which we will keep an eye on.  Office workers who make time to chat face to face with colleagues may be far more productive than those who rely on e-mail, the phone, or Facebook, suggests a study carried out by researchers at MIT and New York University. http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/22642/ […]

IT Governance Skills on Boards

With IT playing an increasing role in the success of an organisation has the time come to review your board of directors to see who has IT governance expertise? This is particularly important in times of recession, as companies and government agencies will start to rely more heavily on efficiencies that can be made through […]

Recessionary IT

Despite the recession, there is plenty of evidence world wide that IT skills are still in short supply.  In these recessionary times, some shortsighted organisations are letting extremely skilled and hard to replace IT staff go without I suspect an assessment of whether they will need them in the near future. For a company in trouble […]

Australia reviews ICT in Government

  How should government spend on ICT? I’ve been following the work that has been going on in Australia on ICT in government for a few months now. The Australian Government asked Sir Peter Gershon, UK Treasury’s former Chief Executive to conduct an independent review of the Australian Government’s management of information and communication technology […]

World Recognised Intranet

Maxsys has been acknowledged for the part that it played in the Ministry of Transport intranet which has been named as one of the top ten intranets in the world for 2008. The development company concerned was Provoke Systems, and Murray Wills of Maxsys worked for the Ministry in several roles throughout the development lifecycle […]