Infographic: See inside the minds of 250 CIOs, from tier one enterprises

Following our CIO event, which took place at The Ritz in London on the 10th of April, we’ve created this infographic to summarise the key findings from our CIO survey.

The research, which was led by Vanson Bourne, features the opinions of 250 senior IT decision-makers working in organisations in the UK that use third party / managed service providers.

We set out with the aim of investigating the challenges IT departments face and how these challenges impact quality of service and innovation implementation.

The research has revealed some interesting findings around current IT leadership challenges and the key concerns CIOs have for the future. We hope this insight proves useful. Continue reading

How to be a prized CIO

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As the role of the CIO evolves, CIOs often find the answer to the question ‘what should I focus on today?’ daunting. As IT innovation, company demands, and customer expectations soar CIOs find that their focus is spilt between various challenges, often meaning they’re able to focus on very little in depth.

There have been several articles as of late focusing on the skills CIOs need to succeed. Information Week is one of the publications to comment on this, and collated the five skills CEOs Prize in CIOs. What’s most interesting is that CEOs want CIOs to possess skills that have very little to do with technology directly, such as: Continue reading

Keeping an IT eye on the bottom line

Money ImageIf you can’t see it, how can you prove its worth?

 Businesses expect IT departments to deliver the ability and flexibility to keep up with innovation in the marketplace, whilst lowering operating costs.

As a result, technology for technology’s sake is no longer sufficient. Before they sign on the dotted line, business leaders need to be assured that new technologies will offer financial and practical worth. It is widely accepted that up to 80 per cent of a company’s IT budget is spent on the everyday running of their IT environment. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that leaders require such assurances before they invest in new technology. Continue reading

CIO leadership challenges – IT growth and transformation with ControlCircle

Is your company’s growth and project turnaround being hindered by legacy IT thinking?

At our upcoming event CIO Leadership Challenge: How to balance today’s demands with tomorrow’s vision, we will be discussing how commercially minded IT leaders can evolve businesses strategically.

With industry insight from guest speakers 2012 Olympics CIO, Gerry Pennell, and Antonio Piraino, CTO of Sciencelogic. ControlCircle Managing Director, Carmen Carey will reveal our survey findings in which 250 CIOs shared their opinions on IT transformation and revealed their concerns regarding the future of IT innovation.

The findings cover:

  • IT budget alignment – balance and prioritisation, and why this is key
  • Cloud adoption – why this is now prevalent thanks to hybrid cloud, on-premises and traditional IT
  • Hybrid IT – in terms of the overall service delivery and as a resourcing model


The day’s agenda can be found here.

For more information and to register your place click here.


Global recognition for ControlCircle

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Last week, MSPmentor released its list of the top managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. This covers North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand (AANZ).

ControlCircle was ranked 14th out of the listed 501 MSPs worldwide. This makes us 2nd throughout EMEA, and the leading managed service provider in London. We are proud of this and believe this is a testament to our breadth and depth of service, as well as our international portfolio and robust foundation. Continue reading