EDITOR ’ S NOTE
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Intelligent CIO Europe where we bring you a roundup of some of the exciting trends and developments taking place across the region ’ s IT space . We hear from various industry experts who offer their best practice advice on hot topics of interest . shifts of the four-day week , we wanted to know how experts see this being adopted by organisations . In response to this ‘ Editor ’ s Question ’, Mark Williams , Managing Director EMEA of WorkJam ; Don Boxley , CEO and Co-Founder , DH2i ; and Joe O ’ Connor , CEO , 4 Day Week Global , offer their thoughts .
This month ’ s cover story explores why organisations and in particular , CIOs , must strive to deliver the best and continue challenging the status quo , as advised by Jan Cenkr , Group CIO of Home Credit Group . On page 58 , he talks about why digital savviness and people centricity are key values for ensuring IT progression and how the company operates with this in mind to meet its business goals .
Another of our customer stories this issue delves deeper into the work between the University of Brighton , BlueFort Security and F5 . We see how the institution has been successful in rolling out more complicated applications and patch key vulnerabilities since working with F5 and how BlueFort helps the university to deliver the right expertise as and when needed . Find this on page 63 .
‘ Trending ’ explores the results of an Equinix survey which reveals key insights into the UK IT industry , showing that global growth is underpinned by significant investment in digital with nearly half of businesses expanding into new markets virtually via the cloud . Read about this in further detail on page 25 .
Another of our interesting stories this month comes from Sam Rowlands , Community Director and Cofounder , Distributed , who discusses , on page 55 , how the post-pandemic period has required the CIO to diversify even further .
At the forefront of business is Digital Transformation , and on page 84 , Gareth Hutchins , Director , Solution Architecture – Europe and North America , OpenText , discusses the key ways to ensure your people are on board to gain full business value from your Digital Transformation journey .
To round off , we ‘ Get To Know ’ David Threlfall , CIO at Britishvolt , who tells us how he landed in his role and how he likes to relax and unwind outside the office . Find this on page 81 .
I hope you enjoy the read and please do get in touch if you ’ d like to contribute to any upcoming editions : alix @ lynchpinmedia . com
A hot topic among industry professionals is the fourday working week and following the UK ’ s recent trial
Alix Pressley Editor
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