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When is IT not IT?

In many organisations there are some technology systems which are not managed by the main I.T. team. Often these are small, specialist systems which are looked after by the departments which own them. The reasons for having this type of arrangement are usually...

The case for IT training

How important is IT training for other departments? I was having a discussion with a senior (non-technical) colleague last week about a potential new IT requirement and we came to the issue of hardware. He asked me how much the server would cost (it would come out of...

IT Skills Standards

Anna Codrea-Rado published an article in the Guardian recently which suggested that all degree courses should have an IT element, so that graduates leave university with basic IT skills as well as a degree. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but why limit it to...

IT & Psychology

The influence of psychology in IT One of the things I’ve been interested in for a while is psychology, and, in particular, the various theories of personality. This may not seem to be have an obvious application for an IT Director, but there are a couple of scenarios,...

IT on the Board?

It’s my guess that in most organisations, IT Directors – or CIOs, or Heads of IT; the term is largely interchangeable, generally speaking – report to the Finance Director. I’m sure that there may be some exceptions, but in my experience IT has always been part of the...

Sunrise in Information Age Awards

Vote for Sunrise in the Information Age Awards….. Sunrise’s entry to the highly regarded Information Age Innovation Awards 2008 has gone live. Business Development Director Geoff Rees lays out the company’s approach and strategy in the Sunrise video entry, which comes...