My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to rant less and do more…
What do I mean by that? Well I bang on a lot about the importance of CIOs in the UK supporting our start-ups so I have decided that I need to do more to encourage that. In my last article for the CIO Magazine I listed a number of start-ups/ start-up support organisations that have inspired me. The aim is to encourage CIOs to find out a little bit more about them, see what they think and how they can get involved. Whether it’s setting them a business challenge, encouraging their own companies to provide support/ mentors or just looking at an exchange of idea – every CIO in this country can benefit not just the start-up communities but also the organisations they work for by connecting with British innovators. Moving forward I am going to be using this blog to profile some more of these bright sparks so I encourage to take a look… maybe add a few of your own… and lets make some connections!
Here are a few to get us started…
An X Factor-style TV show for techies? Wow. It’s a shame that British business can’t show the same level of enthusiasm.
Recently I attended the CIO Summit and there were some fascinating presentations. Richard Hodkinson from law firm DWF LLP on how he had rolled out Yammer internally to help increase collaboration, and Shaun Mundy from engineers Buro Happold on Agile – great examples of innovation led by UK CIOs with predominantly UK IT teams.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said for all our companies. I appreciate that being a business is not to be a charity – but it’s a national disgrace that of the big companies that backed Cameron’s Silicon Parking Space only one of them was British.
The fact is that investing in innovation is not just good for the economy, it’s good for business too. Equally importantly, it could be damaging for both if we don’t invest in it. It’s time British brands woke up to the talent that’s here and showed a bit more commitment to the UK.