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Archives for May, 2009


Welcome to June, you are almost half of the way to the end of 2009

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 31, 2009  |  Comments Off

The start of June means many things.  It is the start of the summer season in the northern hemisphere and the end of the fiscal year in the southern hemisphere.  It is also the beginning-of-the-end in terms of IT plans and progress for 2009.   June is the last month of the second quarter fiscal […]

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How the Mighty Fall – a review of the new book by Jim Collins

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 28, 2009  |  2 Comments

Jim Collins has already written some of the seminal works on business strategy and management with Built to Last and Good to Great.  While those books are great, How the Might Fall a short eclipses them in my opinion.  Given the Global Financial/Economic Crisis its easy to see this book as coming at an opportune […]

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Twelve things every IT professional must know about their enterprise.

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

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 the subject of several blog entries on the 12 things every business leader should know about IT. It is more important that IT understand the […]

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The rest of the world is more like each other than they are like the U.S.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 25, 2009  |  3 Comments

I have just finished five weeks on the road in Asia Pacific, Australia and Western Europe.  In the five weeks I spend one night in the U.S. to change my suitcase and each at Chipotle.  My trip included both working with CIOs as well as two separate holidays so I was able to experience both […]

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What happens if economic recovery starts with corporate restructuring rather than consumer spending?

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

Just as the global financial crisis (GFC) shapes your current enterprise strategies, the move from financial crisis to early recovery should require an update to your strategies depending on the recovery scenario. Conventional wisdom holds that economic recovery can only come about through a rebound in consumer spending.  While that is true, it does not […]

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Take a look at your team structure — change on the cheap

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 19, 2009  |  Comments Off

As part of a periodic series of blog entries on “change on the cheap,” this entry will discuss one approach to raising IT productive capacity without increasing the budget. In this post we will discuss a ‘recipe’ for raising IT productive capacity by 20% or more with no impact on the IT budget. Raising IT productive […]

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Cold comfort for change — a decision we face for 2010

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 18, 2009  |  1 Comment

This is the choice facing many CIOs and IT executives as they start their planning for 2010.  After a year dominated by budget cutting and the GFC (Global Financial Crisis), the coming year can easily bring more of the same.  The question facing CIOs who have concentrated on cutting costs is simply this – now […]

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The type of answer CIOs need to give regarding the role of IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 15, 2009  |  2 Comments

This post is tied to the earlier entry about the question the CIO has to answer.  For the CIO that question revolves around the role of IT, the business value of IT and its contribution to the enterprise express the essential question that CIOs face.  The answer to that question shapes business expectations of IT […]

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Thinking about the EU’s fine of Intel

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 13, 2009  |  Comments Off

COMPLETE PERSONAL OBSERVATION AND MUSING I am writing this on the morning of May 12th before the EU announces its fine of Intel for non-competitive practices, so I do not know what the details are yet.  However, media reports continue to focus on the case describing Intel’s actions as anti-competitive as they paid companies and […]

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The question every CIO must answer

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 12, 2009  |  1 Comment

The role of IT, the business value of IT and its contribution to the enterprise express the essential question that CIOs face.  The answer to that question shapes business expectations of IT and its role in the strategy.  Every executive has to answer a question. CEOs answer how the company’s market value will continue to […]

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