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Mark P. McDonald
GVP EXP
8 years at Gartner
24 years IT industry

Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a former group vice president and head of research in Gartner Executive Programs. He is the co-author of The Social Organization with Anthony Bradley. Read Full Bio

So long and thanks for all the fish

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 16, 2013

This all started back in January 2009 and 718 posts latter with more than 3,700 comments it is time to conclude this blog.   During the past four years, the blog has sought to present and share ideas about technology in the enterprise, the role of the CIO and the changing nature of IT leadership.   During […]

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Executives need digitally different thinking

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 14, 2013

Digital technology is on the mind of every executive from Sales and Marketing to IT and Operations.    Executives concentrate many of these thoughts center around issues of responsibility, authority and budget rather than looking at what is possible, profitable and the other potentials of digital technology.  It is a narrow mindset driven by the language […]

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Social media versus knowledge management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 9, 2013

What’s the difference between the two? On the surface they sound very similar, particularly for someone who had had experience with knowledge management.  Both involve people using technology to access information.  Both require individuals to create information that is intended for sharing.  Both technologies profess support for collaboration.  But as Monty Python might say: If […]

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An atlas for digital opportunity

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 6, 2013

An atlas is a collection of maps, graphical representations of the world that allow others to find their way in the new world.  We all face a new world of digital technology filled with uncharted territory.  Having an atlas of digital solutions would be helpful.  That would be nearly impossible given the endless and evolving […]

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The difference between HYPE and reality

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 1, 2013

How can you tell the difference between hype and reality?  This was the question the President of a Business Unit asked me in front of the corporation’s entire leadership team.  Answering this question was a matter of professional and credibility risk.  After all Gartner knows a lot about hype.  Gartner has been known to foment […]

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A late spring and instant summer, the CIO and Digital Technology

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 29, 2013

I have just come back from a week travelling around Europe and everywhere the story was the same – spring is running a month to a month and a half behind schedule.  The temperatures in late April are below normal, the leaves are behind schedule and the first flowers of spring are just appearing.  It’s […]

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How strong is the business/IT relationship in your industry?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 25, 2013

How strong is the business/IT relationship in your industry?  How easy to business with technology is for you and your peers?  It’s a good question and one that we explored in the 2013 Gartner Executive Programs CIO Survey.  More than 2,000 organizations responded to the survey providing a basis for calculating an index to measure […]

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Blaming sales or has sales technology outpaced sales management?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 22, 2013

There is much to talk about in last week’s news of the Free Fall in PC sales, IBM’s results and potential sale of its server business.  Coupled with prior misses at Oracle, Dell’s dilemma and HP, it is easy to describe these events as evidence of a fundamental and tectonic shift in technology. (Link to […]

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What are you going to do with those ducks? by Seth Godin, a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 19, 2013

The intentional use of older, often obsolete cultural artifacts may be regarded as anachronistic according to Wikipedia.  What are you going to do with those ducks? By Seth Godin is just that.  A more than three-inch thick compendium of Godin’s blog posts seems like a duck out of water in a digital world.  But it […]

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The Duality of Technology – or why business and technology leaders look at the same thing and see it so differently

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 17, 2013

The relationship between business and technology is complex and confusing for both executives and their IT peers.  I believe that much of the reason behind this has to do with the very nature of technology and how business makes sense of that nature. Beware this is more of a thought piece than a set of […]

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