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Top 10 premium content articles for CIOs in 2015

Computer Weekly presents the top ten premium content articles for CIOs in 2015

This year has been a pivotal year for CIOs. In some ways CIOs are better off than they have ever been. The disruptive technologies – cloud, mobile, social media and data analytics – have placed information technology at the centre of nearly every business. Technology has become a boardroom issue, and CEOs know the future of their companies depends on using IT to innovate faster and more effectively than their competitors.

For CIOs who can seize the initiative, there are substantial opportunities to be exploited. Those that can bridge the gap between technology and the rest of the business, and show genuine leadership, have the chance to drive the strategy of their companies in ways that have never before been possible. For the first time, we are hearing of CIOs not just transitioning to chief operating officer, but reaching for the CEO position.

With IT budgets growing slowly at best, the best CIOs are using technology in more innovative ways, and turning to the cloud, to make their IT budgets stretch further than they ever could with on-premise systems. And they are changing the structure of their teams to enable them to accelerate the speed they roll out innovative IT systems as technological competition intensifies.

You can find out more about the changing role of CIOs and business priorities, in selection of this Computer Weekly’s top 10  premium content articles, chosen specifically for IT leaders.

1. CEB IT Budget Benchmark 2015 to 2016

Corporate IT budgets are expected to grow by just 2.0% in the coming year, with budgets for "keeping the lights on" in 2016 expected to surpass capital spending for the first time since 2009, this report from CEB reveals.

2. Deloitte 2015 Global CIO Survey – Creating Legacy

This report assesses the leadership strengths and priorities of CIOs, drawing on interviews and a survey of 1,200 technology leaders. The report identifies 3 types of CIO. Which type of CIO do you want to be?

3. Global IT Priorities Report 2015

Benchmark your IT spending plans with Computer Weekly’s in-depth study of global spending priorities, including Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, China, Africa and South America.

4. Tactics for faster clock speed

To speed up IT, CIOs must go beyond standards-based approaches and carve-outs, and equip their teams to be adaptive. This essential report from the membership group CEB explains how.

5. Beyond nine to five

In this extract from his book, Ade McCormack offers guidance to enable you to move forward in your career with the minimum of anxiety as digital technology fundamentally changes the nature of work.

6. The Technology Industry Survey 2015

This is the fourth annual Technology Industry Survey, produced by Computer Weekly and Mortimer Spinks. This year, 3,408 technology professionals shared their views on everything from how cautious they are with their personal data to how they feel about their current employer and what really keeps them happy at work.

7. Staying the course as a CIO

In this extract from his book, Staying the Course as a CIO, Jonathan M. Mitchell looks at the challenges of managing IT projects.

8. A Computer Weekly Buyer's Guide to value-added IT advice

In this 12-page buyer's guide, Computer Weekly looks at the changing position of the CIO and how there are more people in the role from less technical backgrounds than in the past; who a CIO should call when she or he needs advice.

9. Sensible one-page thoughts on performance: The position of IT

Ludo Houdenaert, an independent management consultant, offers his thoughts on where companies should position IT in their organisations.

10. Financing IT change

Companies that are embarking on big IT strategies have to seek out robust stable partners with the commitment to offer finance packages that will underpin and support the strategy to completion, argue analysts Rob Bamford and Clive Longbottom.

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