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CIOs know a lot about sequestration

by Mark Mcdonald  |  March 1, 2013

Today starts sequestration; the term for the ‘draconian’ budget cuts in the U.S.  The 6% across the board cuts to social programs and 8% cut for defense programs has been...

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The Geek Debt Crisis

by Mark Mcdonald  |  July 2, 2012

While Europe finance ministers deal with national debt crisis, CIO’s and CFO’s are ignoring their organizational geek debt crisis.  Measure your organization’s geek debt by the degree to which existing...

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Is your CFO qualified to oversee IT?

by Mark Mcdonald  |  March 19, 2012

There is a renewed discussion of the CIO reporting relationships.  It is a discussion that is sure to generate debate as who you report to is important both personally and...

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Maximize IT returns by amplifying performance rather than administering a budget.

by Mark Mcdonald  |  January 9, 2012

In times of economic adversity, conventional wisdom calls for conserving cash and capital.  Firms have amassed record amounts of cash as governments face deep cuts in the fourth year of...

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Thinking Small -- Creating value rather than controlling costs

by Mark Mcdonald  |  September 14, 2011

Leading CIOs have been re-imaging IT in the face of changing business priorities, technology innovation and resource realities.  This is leading some to adopt a new way of thinking about...

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The CIO and the rest of the C-Suite

by Mark Mcdonald  |  May 2, 2011

There is no doubt that CIOs have one of the more challenging sets of responsibilities on the senior executive team.  It is easy to see the CIO as accountable for...

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Business Investments vs. Business cases: start one and stop the other

by Mark Mcdonald  |  April 13, 2011

It is time to replace the traditional IT business case with a Business Investment Plans.   Why?  For the simple reason that they do not work, at least they do not...

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Inflation, the time to think about it is before it gets here

by Mark Mcdonald  |  February 10, 2011

Remember the global economy right before the global financial crisis? Oil prices were hitting nominal records, food prices were climbing and other commodities were driving resource-based economies forward. Inflation was...

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How you would hope every Board Chairman and CEO would talk about IT

by Mark Mcdonald  |  August 23, 2010

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of working with the IT leadership team of a $20 billion global company.  I was the guest of the CFO and CIO. ...

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