From Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson – Leadership styles and the power of ‘We’

When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on TV that we needed to be prepared to lose loved ones before their time to the Covid-19 virus, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in feeling shocked, even though I knew something like this was coming. Perhaps not surprising, as this was probably the first time since World… Read More

The farmer and the cowherd, the innovator and the enterprise architect should be friends

A couple of recent articles got me thinking about the relationship between innovation and enterprise architecture in the digital business age. At first glance, the two areas may seem as closely related as a unicorn and a public library. However, Chris Barianuk’s BBC News piece “Blockchain: The Revolution that hasn’t quite happened” and Gerben Wierda’s Linkedin… Read More

The intelligence Hokey Cokey; where next for the Internet of Things?

My jaded post-festive brain cells have been sparked into life by an excellent, thought-provoking LinkedIn post from Jess Hadleigh off the back of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. In part, it’s about moving from the Internet of Things to the ‘Intelligence of Things’ – a world of connected devices with their own, out of the… Read More

NATO Summits, Supply Chain Attacks and a Cyber Ghost of Christmas Future

Last week I was performing in a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Seasons Greetings”. It’s a witty, brilliantly observed and poignant play about the tensions, rows and emotional outbursts of a dysfunctional family as they gather to celebrate Christmas. The run coincided with a similarly tense celebration as leaders of the NATO alliance member countries met… Read More

Elastic facts, rational crimes and Andrea Leadsom – some lessons for business

When Nick Robinson asked UK cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom where the money would come from for a cut in business rates, she replied “You’re assuming that money comes from somewhere.” I was relieved when Nick Robinson tweeted this because I’d heard the interview and thought I must be going deaf, doolally, or both. I appreciate… Read More

How can you tick the box when you’re thinking outside it?

It’s the age of the gig economy and the portfolio career, so we’re told. Yet, judging by the number of people still streaming off the 7.13 to Waterloo and the recruitment angst pervading LinkedIn, a lot of us are still ticking those traditional career boxes; get qualified, get a job, get fed up with that… Read More

ITSM: Why we shouldn’t be embarrassed to say “Try Turning it Off and On Again”

A friend was telling me about her tribulations with an IT support desk, trying to get her new office printer to work. She told a familiar story of the support desk person bombarding her with questions and advice which was either irrelevant or well beyond her knowledge as an averagely tech-savvy customer. I did my… Read More

50 Years on, what can IT learn from Apollo 11?

If, like me, you’ve been gripped by the Moon landing 50th anniversary coverage, you’ve  probably been struck by how calmly the Apollo 11 team dealt with the stuff which went wrong, given the wafer-thin margins and mortal risks they faced. If, like me, you’re an IT person, you’ve probably also noticed how much of the… Read More