CIO’s – prepare for Brexit, adopt the cloud

The referendum on Brexit split the country down the middle, as many of us who were in the UK a year ago can attest to.  And the bipartisan split has continued. Avanade recent research study, “IT Leaders Have 500 Days to Get Tech in Shape” showed that 56% of senior IT decision makers are accelerating […]

5 Reasons Why CIOs Need to Prepare for Brexit and Modernise IT

The degree of impact that Brexit will have on the IT organizations of UK businesses will depend on the nature of the trade deal that is negotiated. Now, however, is the time for firms to consider the potential scenarios and plan accordingly. Let’s hope there will be a structured transition period but those who have […]

Time to Cast a Spotlight on Shadow IT

When it comes to Shadow IT, it has been suggested to ‘sniff it out,’ ‘hunt it down’ and ‘cut it off.’ Draconian views to stop it to some extent carry weight, yet it is time to reconsider. I would suggest that we need to take a different view as I believe there is business value […]

Work in IT? You’ve Got More in Common with Athletes than You Think

It’s that time of year again when we get to celebrate sport, and as both an IT professional and a part-time athlete (who trialled for the British taekwondo team) it’s fair to say – I love this time of year. With this as a backdrop, I think you might be surprised to learn that the […]

The 6 Business Principles for Success in IT

This guest blog post was authored by Tony Irving, COO, CloudTalent, an Avanade company.   I’ve been working in IT for over 30 years. I’ve helped organisations of all sizes solve all sorts of IT issues. I’ve learnt a lot of things along the way – what works, what to avoid and what you really […]

Here’s Why Microsoft Convergence 2015 EMEA is Better Than Ever

As I get ready for Microsoft Convergence EMEA in Barcelona (30 Nov. – 2 Dec.) I can’t help but expect two things: Everything is going to be the same. And everything is going to be different. Let me explain. I’ve been attending Convergence for the past 11 years. And in that time I have come […]

MS Ignite Announcements Drive Business Opportunities

I recently attended Microsoft Ignite and I have to say that I was blown away by the magnitude of that conference. The numbers were just amazing; over 23,000 attendees, the keynote alone had 18,000 attendees at the McCormick Place conference center and there were hundreds of sessions with overviews of technical content. It was just […]

Igniting the Art of the Possible at Microsoft Ignite

Challenge what you know, reveal new opportunities, spark innovation and see where technology is headed. That’s the tagline for this year’s first Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago, home to one of Avanade’s first markets, next week. As a mash-up of a whole set of previous Microsoft IT-oriented conferences, it will be a jam-packed week of […]

Sparking Digital Innovation: Congrats to the New U.S. CIO

Just a few weeks ago, President Obama named Tony Scott as the next United States Chief Information Officer. As Mr. Scott takes the helm, the technology industry in North America is going through perhaps the most rapid pace of change since the invention of the internet. As the former CIO for both Microsoft and VMWare, […]

Convergence 2015: Community, Inspiration and Passion for Technology

How do you justify attending an industry or technology conference? There certainly are a lot of events out there, and you’ll have your unique motivations for attending. This idea of unique motivations started me thinking about communities of interest that capture our time and commitment (and often our pocketbook). How can conferences move from a […]