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CIO stories of the year: iPhone face-off, IT skills debate and top tech chiefs revealed

Plus the rise of bring-your-own hardware

As 2010 draws to a close, silicon.com looks back at the biggest CIO stories of the year.

The issue of the creeping consumerisation of workplace IT raised its head repeatedly in 2010, prompting silicon.com to examine whether the Apple iPhone is a good choice for an enterprise handset in iPhone 4 vs BlackBerry Bold: Which is the better work mobile?.

Another consumer gadget - the iPhone's bigger brother the iPad - has also been winning fans among corporate tech bosses, as IT director Nic Bellenberg testified in Apple iPad: Why it's not iBad for business IT.

And while workers were keen on using their own kit in the office, CIOs were less than enamoured of the trend, in Laptops and mobiles? You can't let workers choose their own, say tech chiefs.

silicon.com's CIO50, the annual round-up of the most influential CIOs in the UK, continued to go from strength to strength in 2010. The list this year was topped by the then government CIO John Suffolk The silicon.com CIO50 - and the winner is.

Suffolk hit the headlines again in November, when he announced that after four years as government CIO he was moving on, in Government CIO John Suffolk to step down.

Meanwhile, the Naked CIO was on hand with a very different round-up of CIOs, as he compared tech chiefs to cars and found IT bosses ranged from the Porsche CIO to the Reliant Robin CIO, in Naked CIO: If IT chiefs were cars, what model would yours be?

The recurring issue of the dearth of skilled IT workers - the CIOs of the future - came to the fore again in 2010, with a report highlighting the poor job prospects of UK IT graduates, in Why IT graduates don't make the grade for jobs.

One attempt to tackle the problem came in the form of a masters degree aimed at aspiring CIOs, launched by London's City University this year: Aspiring CIOs get 'learn to be an IT chief' course.

Job prospects for trainee techies could also be about to get a lot worse, if CIOs' predictions that IT departments will be scaled back come true: IT departments will shrink in next five years, say CIOs.

And finally it seems 2010 was the year when Windows XP's days became numbered, as CIOs admitted they were getting ready to ditch the venerable OS in favour of Windows 7: Windows 7: CIOs are finally preparing to ditch XP.

About Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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