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Jenrick IT was proud to sponsor the ‘Future Fourteen’ CIO/CEO event at the RSA on Tuesday 1st July 2014 – a brief synopsis

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

On Tuesday 1st July 2014, Jenrick IT was proud to sponsor ‘Future Fourteen’ – an exclusive all-day CIO/CRob2EO event by Richard Chase Events at the RSA in London.

This one day event brought together a panel of Global Technology Leaders including the Head of Google Enterprise Cloud Platform, Former CEO of Zurich Insurance, the UK Head of Technology at ThoughtWorks, the Head of Cyber Defence at Airbus Defence and Space and many more, all sharing their thoughts and insights on the key events that will shape the Technology sector from now until 2020.

In addition to the keynote addresses, there was the opportunity to attend a series of networking sessions, best practice discussions and leadership workshops.

The event was designed to provide IT Leaders the chance to network with business peers and to discuss any future challenges that may arise within their organisations.

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5 disciplines of high performance teams – by Peter Hawkins

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Organisations are most effective when their teams are performing to the best of their abilities. When the relationships within the team work well, and all members of the team have a clear focus, the team has a significant impact on achieving goals and building business.

In this short video, Peter Hawkins, Professor at Henley Business School, describes the 5 disciplines of high performance teams.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you need advice on hiring the best talent within your organisation to create effective, high performance teams, please contact Jenrick IT, Award winning IT Recruitment consultancy on 01932 245 500.

Social Engineering – The greatest security threat to your business!, by Gavin Watson (Senior Security Engineer at Random Storm)

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Jenrick IT are specialists at providing cyber security professionals for organisations throughout the UK. Gavin hackerWatson, Senior Security Engineer at ‘Random Storm‘ has kindly contributed the following article about social engineering attacks and how companies can best protect themselves against such threats…

When looking at the security of businesses today, you’d be forgiven for thinking that social engineering attacks are the latest cutting edge approach. Despite social engineering techniques pre-dating all forms of technical attack, the vast majority of businesses are still hopelessly ill-equipped to detect and prevent attacks against human nature. The reason for this, rather unsurprisingly, is also related to human nature itself.

We find it much easier to manage ‘tangible’ security controls such as firewalls, passwords, locks and cameras than ‘intangible’ security issues, such as employees’ susceptibility to flattery, impersonation, or bullying.

The vulnerable human nature that attackers target so effectively is also impeding our ability to devise effective defence measures.

The typical approach by security conscious businesses is to roll out awareness and training material. Such material is designed to provide employees with the knowledge to spot an attack in progress and the skills to respond appropriately. Sadly, this approach will only detect the most clichéd of social engineering techniques. Additionally, if the business has weak procedures, vague security policies and broadcasts too much information publicly, the ‘aware’ employees will remain dangerously susceptible to attack.

It is all too easy to denounce employees as the weakest link in the business’s security, and not consider that elements of the business itself may be contributing far more to the problem. As an example, consider the common password reset procedure of a help desk assistant requiring an authorisation email from management. This is a seriously weak form of caller identification and therefore aids the attacker. A social engineer could easily impersonate a management employee and send a spoofed authorisation email to the assistant. The compromised email account can then be used to launch convincing spear phishing emails.

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We are all ‘the business’, by Cliff Moyce – Independent Management Consultant

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

In this article Cliff Moyce, Independent Management Consultant, addresses the unhelpful beliefs, attitudes and behaviours behind the phrase ‘the business’ – a term imagesthat he has heard people in IT departments use for many years…

I’ve been listening to people in IT departments use the phrase ‘the business’ for many years. Though I can understand why people use it, I confess it is a pet hate of mine. At a couple of recent business technology conferences, I heard it so often (and never in a positive context) that I felt compelled to write this article. What I will do (briefly!) is describe what I have done in the past to address the unhelpful beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that I have found to be hiding behind the phrase. Hopefully some of my experiences will give you food for thought.

Whenever I hear ‘the business’ as a starter, I know I have to brace myself for some blaming and buck-passing as the main course, and should expect dessert to comprise evidence that the person speaking has little belief in taking joint and several responsibility for business outcomes.

Such behaviours and beliefs are a risk to any organisation in any industry or sector. For this reason I strongly discourage the use of the term in those with whom I work, while recognising that it is merely a symptom of a bigger problem.

To say ‘the business’ is to suggest that IT has made a unilateral declaration of independence from other parts of the organisation. And actually that is exactly the scenario I have found on occasion – if only intellectually rather than physically. People who use the phrase often hold a belief (perhaps based on painful experience) that they and their colleagues are the victim of the actions of others over whom they have no control. But that belief is self-fulfilling and self-defeating, and suggests learned helplessness and a victim mentality.

The good news is that I have been able to help change the mindset on several occasions. If I can do it, you can definitely do it. I find that once people are made aware of what they are doing, they often embrace the change. Let’s face it, none of us were born with a passive-aggressive attitude. Sometimes the attitude arises as a defence mechanism from having worked in a blame culture. Sometimes it comes from working for a line manager who espouses the ‘IT versus the business’ mentality (bad role models being as influential as good ones). Sometimes it stems from poor self confidence.

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Jenrick Charity Photo Competition: The winning theme is – ‘A moment of calm…’

Monday, June 16th, 2014

We recently sent out a poll containing a selection of themes for our next charity photo competition, allowing everyone to vote for their favourite.

This year the results were really close but one theme just managed to win it and that theme is… (drum roll please)…

‘A moment of calm…’

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to vote!

So it’s time to dust off your camera and start snapping away! Send your photos to photo@jenrick.co.uk

Not entered before? This is how it works…

Every year, Jenrick runs a charity photo competition that allows members of the public to enter photos based on a theme, as voted by the public themselves! (more…)

Keith Ferrazzi on Relationship Development for Growth and Success

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

For those of you who attended the Jenrick IT ‘IT Leadership’ event on Thursday June 5th, will remember that during Gary Sage’s keynote speech, he referenced a motivating video by Keith Ferrazzi (The author of the runawayspeaker-keith bestseller ‘Never Eat Alone’), on relationship development for growth success.

Ferrazzi has spoken to companies around the globe about achieving success in work and life by building collaborative and supportive relationships.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Click here to visit the Keith Ferrazzi website
  • Click here to purchase Keith Ferrazzi’s book ‘Never Eat Alone’ on Amazon

 

IT Leadership Event – event review, by Sami Porter (Consultant at Jenrick IT)

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

On Thursday June 5th Jenrick IT held its latest IT Leadership Event, titled “IT Leadership – maximising your impact andTower-Bridge-and-Shard-Jenrick influence.”

The event was opened by Gary Lloyd, an experienced IT Project Manager, Guest Speaker and Author, who put the following statement to a packed audience of IT and Technology Heads at the Guoman Tower Hotel:

“My last IT project was delivered on budget, on time, to the original specification, and exceeded the expectation levels of the client!”

In response, there was not one person who nodded in agreement – although there were an abundance of chuckles and shakes of the head.

WHY?

Gary followed up his opening statement with the statistic that less that 25% of IT projects are delivered on time, on budget and meeting expectations, explaining that delivering a successful project is no simple task regardless of the scale of the operation.

So whether you operate as part of a four man team or make up part of the FTSE100 machine chances are it won’t always be smooth sailing. Why is that? Unfortunately in a world of risk assessment and mitigation, critical paths and Gantt charts, there is not a definitive answer to the above.

There’s an indomitable smorgasbord of bugs and issues that can arise to cause the plotted course of your project to go awry, and like a snowflake, the simplest of issues will never be the same twice.

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RSA Animate – ‘Re-Imagining Work’ by Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft UK

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Jenrick IT want to share an interesting video found via RSA Events that explores how powerful technology is within the business world and how organisations could benefit if they choose to fully embrace technologies in an open and flexible working environment, for future business growth…

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem — and could it also be part of the solution?

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft UK, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture.

The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to creating social progress and spreading world-changing ideas.

The Company Beauty Contest – The paradigm shift!!, by Philip Fanthom, Managing Director at Jenrick IT

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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In 2014, I (Philip Fanthom, Managing Director at Jenrick IT), have witnessed the biggest gearing up in staffing demand for over a decade. Every statistic being released speaks of growth in all sectors and the increase in demand for skilled workers.

The ICA (Institute of Chartered Accountants) in conjunction with Grant Thornton has announced in the BCM (British Confidence Monitor) that over 450,000 private sector jobs will be created in the next 12 months.

And that’s not all; the City is set to break all records in hiring in 2014 and 2015, despite Barclays recent announcement of cuts. Nottingham has created over 9000 jobs over the last 12 months and Manchester is set for a record hiring spree of over 13,000 jobs. Birmingham is also set for 10% increase in employment opportunities with an estimated 47,000 jobs being created over the next few years.

In addition, we have a rapid increase in demand for professional contractors, especially within the Technology Sector.

As with all great things, there are some ‘health warnings’ that company bosses need to be aware of – where are you going to find the skilled people to fill these vacancies?

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IT – A business unit or a business enabler? Part 1 of 4 – Changing the perception of IT, by Sean Curran (former COO of CCLA Investments and former CFO of BGC Brokerage)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Sean Curran, former COO of CCLA Investments and CFO of BGC Brokerage, kindly contributed the following article on the true busingreen-it-growthess value of I.T.:

The IT press conveys the impression that the key issues facing the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) today revolve around data, security, the use of cloud and the implications of the rise of the bring-your-own-device-to-work generation. But the view from the boardroom is different.

The CEO’s priority is to grow the business. He wants to do this by introducing new products, opening up new communication and delivery channels, increasing repeat business through information-lead loyalty schemes and wider, richer customer interactions, by attracting new customers through targeted marketing campaigns and by smarter, more relevant interactions through social media.

The CEO wants the IT infrastructure to be flexible, scalable, agile and to provide a cost effective service delivery. He wants innovative IT with good governance, the time to market to be fast and solutions to be mobile and customer-friendly from the start.

Applications are moving to the web. Employees are using their own mobile devices. Cloud-based, consumer applications are creeping into the business. The union of social/mobile IT with transactional capabilities give companies a new way to move at the speed of their customers and new methods for engaging with customers to build multifaceted relationships rather than linear transactions. The big challenge for the CTO is to put IT into a position to enable the business to take advantage of these and other new opportunities.

Today many CTOs serve a relatively tactical role and are responsible for technology provisioning, break/fix support, software and hardware upgrades and operational support, including email, application support and password management. However simply being able to keep the ship afloat and hold costs within budget is probably no longer enough.

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