End of the road

I like reading Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole books. I know they’re not real and the story lines are, at times, too gruesome and stretch the bounds of my imagination but I find myself rushing through the pages towards the end through excitement. Nesbo truly is a great writer.  I’m reading ‘The Thirst’, for the second … Continue reading End of the road

I wouldn’t start from here

There’s that old joke that goes along the lines of someone is lost and stops another for directions. ‘Can you tell me the way to so and so?’ they ask, only to get the reply ‘Well, I wouldn’t start from here.’ There is a point to this joke and that is, if I have to … Continue reading I wouldn’t start from here

Location, location, location

How do you know if your region is doing well or not? How do you know if a particular sector is successful? These are the questions I was trying to answer when I fell into the wonderful world of economic data. I was looking at the digital sector in a part of the North East. … Continue reading Location, location, location

Cyber = resilience

It is just before 3 o’clock in the morning and the phone rings. Not your mobile, you’ve left that downstairs so that work doesn’t impinge too much into your home life. It’s the landline. This must be trouble. As your brain flights to engage, your thoughts turn to your children but the voice on the … Continue reading Cyber = resilience

The wedding planner

I can talk about it now. The wedding that occupied so much of my time last year has come and gone. It has been a year. The months of planning and running around have stopped and the nightmares of impending doom and disaster are gradually fading. For some odd reason they happened even more after … Continue reading The wedding planner

Five simple steps

Whenever I am asked if I can get involved in a helping an organization with a strategic approach to technology I always come back with the same answer. I will do it but only if I can start with an understanding of the business. To get this understanding, I talk to as many people as … Continue reading Five simple steps

Technology direction statement

The ICT strategy is always a difficult document to write.  Getting the balance between the strategic, which it is supposed to be, and the tactical, which is what people want to see is a challenge.  I am not sure if I have got this balance right.  In fact I am sure.  Over the last seven … Continue reading Technology direction statement