With chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s announcement that the government will pledge £40 million in funds to develop applications for the Internet of Things and Smart Cities as part of the 2015 budget, it got me thinking about how this funding could be utilised to best effect.
Mobility is about much more than just communication on-the-go. It’s about technology that enables the extended enterprise to connect and collaborate, linking customers, partners and employees to valuable online from any device, virtually any place and at any time.
It’s acknowledged that IT has a crucial role to play in the UK’s future prosperity. However, with intensified competition from Europe and the fast emerging Asian economies, Britain must have the right level of skills, competencies and abilities to compete globally and sustain economic potency.
From the laptop to the laws of gravity, British ingenuity has shaped our world and we have a strong history of championing new ideas, innovations and inventions.
According to a Forester report, CIO’s are now viewed as the most important senior leaders in driving business transformation and innovation, with many believing them to have more input than a CEO.