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Workplace of the future
A series of white papers by Ade McCormack,
Financial Times opinion columnist
These white papers provide forward thinking CIOs with insights in how technology is changing business for the better. They also provide some guidelines in respect of how this can be managed from an IT perspective.
- NEW! Big Digital Leadership
This new white paper has been co-authored by Kevin Laahs. He is a technology strategist in the HP Enterprise Services CTO Office and is responsible for shaping innovation and growth related initiatives with strategic customers across the region and aligning HP capabilities to customer business and IT strategies.
“Big Digital Leadership” explores current trends such as big data, cloud, mobility and social media from a strategic perspective. It also looks at how the increased user empowerment as demonstrated by the BYOD movement is changing the CIO’s role from technology manager to digital leader. This white paper offers operational advice to enable you to turn these emerging themes into business value.
- Welcome to the Digital Economy
The tectonic economic shift most of us are experiencing is a consequence of the painful transition from the industrial to the digital economy. One might expect this new era to herald a Golden Age for CIO’s. The reality though is that the CIO’s role is far from guaranteed.
This white paper explores how CIO’s can use this transition period to increase their strategic relevance and take their rightful place as an organisational lynchpin.
Big data, much like the today’s manufactured boy bands, is a reverse-engineered concept rather than an evolutionary technological breakthrough. By design there is much hype surrounding it, not least that by embracing big data the organisation’s share price will magnetically head north. At the very least this is an expectation management exercise for CIOs. However there is an opportunity to use big data to become more strategically relevant. This white paper suggests a way forward.
- We not me – Towards a Collaborative Future
Man is a social animal. Collaboration is the glue that binds society. Economic success and even survival are strongly correlated to the extent to which collaboration is woven into the culture.
This white paper explores the central role collaboration has to play in 21st century organisational success.
- Social unrest or social capital?
Command and control as a management style needs to be replaced by one based on trust. The wall that separates the business from the wider world is crumbling thanks to social media, and this is unwelcome from a security perspective.
This white paper provides forward thinking CIOs with some insights in to how social media is changing business for the better. It also provides some guidelines in respect of how this can be managed from an IT perspective.
- DIY (Do It Yourself) IT
It appears that the consumerization of IT has released the genie from the lamp. Now everybody from the CEO to the sales executives seem to have their own personal ‘lifestyle’ IT strategy which has resulted in a random array of software and hardware underpinning the organisation’s technology infrastructure. This white paper explores this tsunami-like trend and advises on how to respond in a manner that both empowers the users and protects the organisation.
- Cloud – everything as a service?
The Cloud is now ‘enterprise strength’ so it is no longer a question of ‘whether’ but of ‘when’. With the emerging developments in respect of work place and work-life integration, the issue of where also requires consideration.
Embracing the Cloud without full consideration of the organisation your IT function serves would be irresponsible. This paper makes some suggestions on how to move forward.
- Beyond Work life balance
This white paper looks at how the world of work, workers and leadership are changing. It focuses on the associated strategic, operational and personal opportunities for organisations and leaders who take a proactive approach to providing their workers with a working environment that goes beyond work-life balance.
About the Author
Ade McCormack is an opinion columnist with the Financial Times (since 2004). He is the author of a number of books relating to new technology and leadership, including the acclaimed ‘e-Skills Manifesto – A Call to Arms’.
He is also a visiting lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where he lectures on digital leadership as part of the MBA programme. He also helps organisations prepare for the digital economy through his eWorld Academy
Ade has worked in over twenty countries across many sectors. He has a degree in Physics with Astrophysics. You can find more information here: