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.
David is the Founder and CXO of Agile Elephant, a digitial transformation consultancy and solutions provider. He also heads up D2C, a consulting firm which provides business and social media consulting and Cloud based solutions for content, collaboration, web publishing, online accounting and ERP. He is a director of EuroCloud UK, on the governance board of the Cloud Industry Forum, and Chaired techUK's Software as a Service Group. This year he is one of the judges of the UK Cloud Awards. He is a regular speaker at digital, social business, social media and Cloud Computing events including keynoting at the CeBIT Social Business Arena in 2015, chairing London's Cloud Computing World Forum in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and lecturing on digital at Henley Business School and INSEEC. Agile Elephant co-produces the London edition of the Enterprise Digital Summit London, and David organizes the Combined Social Business Sessions London (incorporating London Wiki Wednesdays), was one of the founders of CreativeCoffee Club and Amplified (the Network of Networks).