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IT spend as a percent of revenue – a dubious metric at best.

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 6, 2010

Ask about IT metrics and you get a range of answers from “all of them are wrong” to “some more wrong than others” and “they are about all we have.” ...

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Adventures of an IT Leader – book review

by Mark Mcdonald  |  June 10, 2009

Two Stars -- A laudable goal, but its execution sends the wrong message to business professionals It is hard to criticize a book dedicated to looking at the challenges facing IT...

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Twelve things every IT professional must know about their enterprise.

by Mark Mcdonald  |  May 27, 2009

IT is necessary but not sufficient for enterprise success.  The level of mutual understanding and respect required for success demands that the business understands the dynamics of IT.  That was...

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#12 IT effectiveness and enterprise effectiveness are linked -- twelve things every business leader should know about IT

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 26, 2009

The real reason that business leaders need to know about IT is that IT is an important part of any effective business.  While that sounds like a claim that is...

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#11 IT requires ongoing investment in its core, like other operations, just faster -- twelve things every business leader should know about IT

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 22, 2009

Technologists are quick to point out that if automobiles improved as much or as fast as computers they would run a million miles on the gallon of fuel, have more...

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#10 IT financials require improvement -- twelve things every business leader should know about IT

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 13, 2009

"Everything I need to know about a company I can tell from its financials."  This statement is foundational to modern management.  While we can debate the efficacy of financials as...

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#9 IT plays different roles in different companies and industries - twelve things every business leader should know about IT

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 8, 2009

Overhearing executives talk about IT and it quickly becomes apparent that they believe that all IT is pretty much the same.  Your IT is the same as my IT, should...

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#8 - IT can evolve faster than management thinking -- twelve things every business leader should know about IT

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 3, 2009

Executives often do not consider the differing evolutionary pace of technology and management thinking.  Executives over invest in technology and more importantly under invest in management capability because of this...

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#7 Executives misunderstand IT in strategy -- twelve things every business leader should know about IT

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 2, 2009

Strategy drives executive thinking and forms the context for executive decision-making.  Over the last ten years new strategy tools and techniques have come into the market based to clarify and...

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