What are some of the challenges you face in the role of CIO?
We are now on the cusp of going from a family-oriented business to a corporate methodology. The challenge for me is to keep one step ahead so that IT can cope if Drakes acquires 10 new stores.
What are the three biggest issues facing CIOs today?
Data security is still paramount to everybody. CIOs are also looking at what role social media plays in the organisation and what boundaries need to be set. The third issue is the cloud. Most CIOs are sitting there thinking, `When is that first [cloud] breach going to happen?' And when it does, what is that going to mean to an organisation?' More organisations are becoming accepting of the cloud but I think it is with intrepid caution that they do it.
While we are dipping our toe in the cloud, it is information that won't affect us if it did get hacked.
What is your favourite gadget?
My Acer tablet. It's a fully 3G capable device and I can access documents while on the move.
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