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Speak to me with thine app

Wayne Lewis has recruited someone who he reckons is the best tester in the world for his iPad app – his seven year old son Ciaran.
“He has found a lot of my bugs, actually,” says Lewis, who developed the Communicate Easy iPad app for children with autism and special learning needs.

Written by Divina Paredes12 Feb. 13 22:00

CEOs and CIOs walk the tightrope in 2013

IDC says New Zealand CIOs will need to become “tightrope walkers” this year as they balance ongoing budget pressures, the business imperative for growth and technology changes.
CIOs also need to expand their network of influence beyond traditional IT decision makers, IDC states in its 10 New Zealand ICT Predictions report. The research firm points to the growing influence of line of business (LOB) managers, who are increasingly taking technology decisions, and being targeted by vendors.

Written by Divina Paredes02 Feb. 13 22:00

Status: Ready for anything

'Anecdotes are useless, you need facts,' says Dave Morgan of Kiwibank.

Written by Divina Paredes12 Jan. 13 22:00

Should CIOs resign every year?

CIO once told me he resigns from his job every year. In this 'mental exercise', he takes on the persona of his successor, assessing what the team did well, which practices they should discard and what opportunities they can seize in the next 12 months.

Written by Divina Paredes19 Dec. 12 14:44

The CIO as the ultimate insider

Kevin Angland, CIO of IAG New Zealand, has the distinctive experience of working across most areas of the insurance industry.

Written by Divina Paredes17 Dec. 12 15:35

Impact of big data on CIOs

Big data will disrupt the data management and analytics landscape as well as impact the CIO role.
“CIOs need to think about big data holistically,” says John Brand vice president, principal analyst for CIO research, at Forrester.

Written by Divina Paredes05 Dec. 12 22:00

Data scientist: Most 'in demand' job of the century?

“Pretty short-term tenures are common, so if you want to hang onto them, you need to do all the usual things: pay them well, give them stock options, and interesting work. They do not like to be micromanaged — give them a ‘long leash’.”
Thomas Davenport, Harvard Business School professor, is talking about what he calls the “most in-demand job” of the century: the data scientist.

Written by Divina Paredes02 Dec. 12 22:00

Global Information Security Survey 2013: Breaches, BYOD - and boy bands

A series of high profile information security breaches in the past year -- in New Zealand and overseas -- are compelling reasons for organisations to take a more strategic view of their security, and tailor their programmes accordingly.

Written by Divina Paredes30 Nov. 12 20:52

'Gamekeeper to poacher'

"I have gone back to being the customer of the IT department, as opposed to leading it," Glenn Armishaw reflects on the transition he has gone through in the past three years at Toyota Financial Services.

Written by Divina Paredes27 Nov. 12 20:07

A CTO's global test drive

A challenge keeps cropping up each time Suhas Kelkar has to work in an offshore office of BMC.

Written by Divina Paredes21 Nov. 12 16:34

Use technology to 'amplify' the enterprise

Mark McDonald, group vice president at Gartner, discusses how CIOs can use technology to ‘amplify the enterprise’.
IT’s role has changed from automating the enterprise, to “amplifying” the enterprise, using technology to give organisations “new capabilities at speed and scale, and innovation”, he tells CIO New Zealand.

Written by Divina Paredes17 Nov. 12 22:00

Going for global

“In our world, when the technology stops, the bank stops.”

Written by Divina Paredes13 Nov. 12 22:00

'Every budget is an IT budget'

“Every budget is an IT budget,” says Peter Sondergaard, head of global research at Gartner, as he highlights how the pervasiveness of technology is impacting enterprises today.

Written by Divina Paredes12 Nov. 12 22:00

Constants amidst change

CIOs can do exactly what they are asked to do by management — and still fail.
This is the paradox of the CIO role, says Jack Santos, a research vice president at Gartner.

Written by Divina Paredes03 Nov. 12 22:00