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Unstructured thoughts, discovered pearls, rants etc.

The Price of New Technology

New technology is expensive, we're all accustomed to that. High development costs, low production volumes and rapid evolutionary cycles mean that the first generations of now technologies to reach the market are going to be costly and suffer high depreciation - they are for early adopters.

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Has the Private Sector caught the Public Sector IT Disease?

The reputation of IT in the UK public sector has long been tainted. A succession of expensive high-profile IT project failures has irrevocably tarnished the reputation of government in delivering effective, on- time and in-budget IT programmes, leading to a widely held view that government cannot do IT. Unfair perhaps, many smaller public sector IT projects are implemented successfully, but these are unheard of, little gets written about success and the government's IT victories are pushed into the shadows by its massive failures.

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Do we need IT?

(As published in Isle of Man Examiner 16th Feb 2010)


As an ex-CIO / IT Director I probably know a bit more about Information Technology (IT) than most business people. I'm a Fellow of the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) and a Chartered IT Professional, I led my last company to be one of the finalists for the "Most IT-Enabled Business In the UK" award, I give occasional lectures, and my work has been the subject of academic and UK government research in understanding the potential of IT in business - so I think I'm qualified to answer the question.

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Is there a place for Women in IT?

In response to a Computer Weekly article on a subject close to my heart ...

As an IT leader (male) I have struggled hard to ensure that my teams have a good gender balance to achieve the benefits of differing skillsets and aptitudes that both sexes bring.

I have struggled because it has been hard - there simply aren't enough women looking to come into IT, typically female applications would make up under 10% of all CVs received in response to a recruitment campaign. Achieving my goal of a 50/50 balance has been tough, but worthwhile.


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