In collaboration with my good friends at Compare the Cloud we’ve started an interview series on CTC’s Disruptive Tech TV platform. We’ve called the programme #transformCIO and plan for it to be a weekly series, broadcast live at 14:30 UK time every Tuesday, and available on demand on Periscope, Vimeo, and elsewhere too. My first victim yesterday was Finbarr Joy, who has been CTO of Willam Hill, then Group CTO for Lebara, and as of today is CTO of a new start-up called SuperBet (literally, today is his first day!). I’ll be interviewing CIOs and CTOs who are at the leading edge of changing the way technology is deployed and viewed in their organisations. I want to get to the heart of the way that the CIO/CTO’s role is changing, how the leaders in the profession are handling the changes and dealing with (or leading) the digital disruption that is happening around us.
In the interview series we will talk around the key themes of:
IT leading Digital Transformation
Doing everything faster
Attracting and keeping talent
The changing role of the CIO
Emerging tech – what’s next?
I first met Finbarr several years back when he was talking at a techUK event about how he transformed William Hill, an 80 year old UK brand, from an 18-24 month time to market for new products to 3 weeks! We talk about that “fail fast” story, along with his attitude to Cloud Computing, data centres, agile, DevOps, shadow IT, holding on to talent, low-code solutions, emerging tech and more. I also asked for his thoughts around the recent British Airways system outage. Every #transformCIO victim gets to make a business book recommendation – I let Finbarr get away with two. Please take a look – Finbarr’s got some “spot on” observations about how the profession should be viewed, dealing with disruption and the right way to approach the head of technology role within today’s fast moving digital landscape.
Episode 2 will be next Tuesday at 14:30 with Stephen Deakin. Amongst other things Steve was CTO for the Metropolitan Police, so we might just talk a little around security, along with our normal themes. If you are interested in taking the hot seat as a CIO or CTO facing these challenges, then please contact us and book a slot in the schedule.
Founder, CXO of Agile Elephant, a digitial transformation consultancy and solutions provider. Head of D2C, a consulting firm which provides business and social media consulting and Cloud based solutions for content, collaboration, web publishing, online accounting and ERP. Director, EuroCloud UK, Board roles in Cloud Industry Forum, techUK's Software as a Service Group.