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Archives for January, 2009


Rod Blagojevich and Digital Natives

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

The Illinois State Senate impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday on a number of counts.  I am not going to debate the merits of the decision, nor the potential criminal charges.  But, there is a lesson here and its one for everyone including digital natives. Among the counts against Mr. Blagojevich was one that dealt with […]

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Its cool to be an American again

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 27, 2009  |  3 Comments

I was travelling through Europe the week of Barack Obama’s inauguration working with CIOs and their teams.  One of the things that has changed since my last visit was that its now cool to be an American again.  Let me explain. People tell me that I am one of the ‘most American looking men they […]

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The new myth of the CIO — part 1 — the old myth

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 27, 2009  |  1 Comment

The role of IT has changed considerably over the past twenty years, yet if you ask people to describe an IT person the description includes references to pocket protectors, glasses, social awkwardness and other less flattering terms.  Such characterizations include the CIO who is often seen as being somewhat separate from the rest of the […]

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Policy versus process – the gap between the CFO and CIO

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 21, 2009  |  2 Comments

The other day I was talking with a financial analyst for an investment company who was asking about how companies were using IT in the current economic environment.  When I mentioned that CIOS were focusing on issues such as increasing free cash flow, the financial analyst cut me short and said, “Free cash flow is […]

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How could IT budgets be flat in tough economic times?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 13, 2009  |  1 Comment

In tough economic times its logical to think that IT budgets across the board would see deep cuts like they did in 2002 when IT budgets went from a projected 10% growth in 2001 to zero growth in 2002. However, the results of the 2009 Gartner CIO survey indicate that global commercial and government IT […]

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