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Archives for March, 2009


Pain sharing – The trust issues facing CIOs and solution providers

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 31, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

Tough economic times put every relationship under pressure as companies look to reduce supplier costs and retain their own revenues.  This dual strategy makes sense as a cost control strategy, but it fails to recognize that: “You are your customer’s supplier.” This issue is particularly acute in IT as CIOs are looking to reduce their [...]

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#6 Executives can easily misapply IT – Twelve things every business leader should know about IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 30, 2009  |  2 Comments

“If only the business understood IT, then the company would get move value out of IT.” This statement is a common belief among IT professionals. Understanding begins with the basics, framed in a language that is acceptable to the audience rather than the teacher. Talking about IT using the language of organization, its role, what [...]

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#5 IT is complex because the business is complex – Twelve things every business leader needs to know about IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 27, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

“If only the business understood IT, then the company would get move value out of IT.”  This statement is a common belief among IT professionals.  Understanding begins with the basics, framed in a language that is acceptable to the audience rather than the teacher.  Talking about IT using the language of organization, its role, what [...]

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#4 IT applies information to replace cash, capital and operations — Twelve things every business leader needs to know about IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 26, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

“If only the business understood IT, then the company would get move value out of IT.”  This statement is a common belief among IT professionals.  Understanding begins with the basics, framed in a language that is acceptable to the audience rather than the teacher.  Talking about IT using the language of organization, its role, what [...]

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#3 IT is part of a capability — Twelve things every business leader needs to know about IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 25, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

“If only the business understood IT, then the company would get move value out of IT.”  This statement is a common belief among IT professionals.  Understanding begins with the basics, framed in a language that is acceptable to the audience rather than the teacher.  Talking about IT using the language of organization, its role, what [...]

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#2 IT is a hybrid organization — Twelve things every business leader needs to know about IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 24, 2009  |  6 Comments

“If only the business understood IT, then the company would get move value out of IT.”  This statement is a common belief among IT professionals.  Understanding begins with the basics, framed in a language that is acceptable to the audience rather than the teacher.  Talking about IT using the language of organization, its role, what [...]

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#1 IT is Horizontal — 12 Things every business leader should to know about IT —

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2009  |  8 Comments

“If only the business understood IT, then the company would get move value out of IT.”  This statement is a common belief among IT professionals.  Understanding begins with the basics, framed in a language that is acceptable to the audience rather than the teacher.  A company has difficulty understanding IT in the language that IT [...]

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Involve your people – the 5% project

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

Today’s economic environment requires change:  to reduce costs, change to improve productivity, change to deliver focused innovation to attract and retain customers.  Traditional approaches to change in general and cost cutting in particular are proving particularly challenging as executives take a financial perspective to a structural problem.  Leaders need flexibility, new ideas, agility and commitment [...]

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Volatility and uncertainty form a new context for executive thinking

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 19, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

Everyone is talking about how this economy is different from past recessions and even comparable to the Great Depression.  Between the credit, housing and consumer markets, there is so much information flying around that it can be difficult to get your head around the fundamentals. However, the pundits, economists and CEOs keep bringing up two [...]

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When centralizing avoid the “same mess for less” approach

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

Centralizing the IT organization and operations is a common action as enterprises look to cut IT costs.  Moving disparate IT groups, data centers and applications together increases ITs critical mass and potentially opens the door to scale and consolidation efficiencies.  Centralization initiatives can easily become internal versions of outsourcing contracts with the corporate CIO in [...]

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