North East England, Technology

Northern Powerhouse … is it working?

At yesterday’s Great Exibition of the North #NPHSummit a member of the press asked me how the Northern Powerhouse is impacting the North East? In my opinion the NPH, whilst being a good initiative in principle, is yet to have any real tangible impact to businesses across the region. I don’t want to be over… Continue reading Northern Powerhouse … is it working?

Business, leadership, Process, Success, Technology

Wipro vs National Grid billion dollar lawsuit what went wrong?

I picked up this story from UpperEdge on social media today about the billion dollar law suit between WIPRO and National Grid over a failed SAP implementation, which is well worth taking a few minutes to read. There was one sentence that jumped off the page for me : “Shortly after the start of the project,… Continue reading Wipro vs National Grid billion dollar lawsuit what went wrong?

Business, General, Innovation, North East England, Success, Technology

Sadness for Campus North but the future is very bright for the North East tech and digital sector

Like many across the region it comes as a shock and a hint of sadness to hear news of the closure of Newcastle’s Campus North co-working space. However, I also feel it’s a time for celebration of the achievements of Campus North and what it has done for Newcastle start-ups and for the region. In… Continue reading Sadness for Campus North but the future is very bright for the North East tech and digital sector

Business, Cybersecurity, General, Technology, WEB

Cybersecurity whose accountability is it anyway?

Today we live in a world with exponential growth in connected devices, in part driven by the sheer size of the population using online services and in part by the proliferation of devices used per individual as a byproduct of the likes of IoT (Internet of Things) The ability to reliably connect and issues around… Continue reading Cybersecurity whose accountability is it anyway?

Innovation, Process, Success, Technology

Highly effective execution is a team sport and culture is the key ingredient.

An excellent article from Marcel Schwantes on the 6 Things Bad Bosses Always Fear (but Great Leaders Always Do) which I completely agree with and I'd summarise as "Highly effective execution is a team sport and culture is the key ingredient." Peter Drucker famously said: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." The quote was actually attributed… Continue reading Highly effective execution is a team sport and culture is the key ingredient.

Business, leadership, North East England, Success, Technology

SCALE DON’T FAIL

For almost two decades, until retiring recently from corporate life, I worked for Sage Group where I held the position of Chief Product & Delivery Officer. You will all have heard of Sage. Three million customers across 27 countries, 13,000 employees, and a FTSE100 Tech Company with its spiritual home in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also,… Continue reading SCALE DON’T FAIL

Business, Innovation, leadership, North East England, Success, Technology

Newcastle Scale-up Summit – my takeaways      

I took the opportunity to attend the Newcastle Scale-up Summit recently and apart from being a fantastic networking event I found it highly informative and energising. Having worked with hundreds of start-up and scale-up businesses for many years I love hearing the stories of their success, and I’m intrigued to discover what makes some businesses… Continue reading Newcastle Scale-up Summit – my takeaways      

Altruism, General, leadership, North East England, Success, Technology

A definition of Altruism

I’m attending a Dynamo North East board meeting at Newcastle College. Due to work and travel commitments, it’s the first board meeting I could attend for a while. The Dynamo board meeting is very rare blend of around 20 professionals from public sector organisations, professionals from the education sector, business owners, and professionals from many… Continue reading A definition of Altruism

North East England, Technology

Why the Tyne, Wear and Tees region should be the Silicon Valley(s) of the UK.

It’s a bold statement to make, but what would have to happen to make this a reality? To answer the question its worth looking back to understand how ‘the other’ Silicon Valley came to be. The majority of the world’s top technology companies didn’t just happen to find themselves in Silicon Valley by chance, and… Continue reading Why the Tyne, Wear and Tees region should be the Silicon Valley(s) of the UK.