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Archives for August, 2009


A bigger role for Government — McKinsey Top 10 Trends and what they mean for IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 31, 2009  |  2 Comments

Over the summer McKinsey published their top 10 trends for the next year or so in Harvard Business Review in July 2009 http://tinyurl.com/l2ooj3.  This post discusses the trend related to government’s role in the economy. A bigger role for government – an accelerating trend It is natural to see the global financial and then economic […]

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Trust in business running out — McKinsey Top 10 Trends and what they mean for IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 30, 2009  |  5 Comments

Over the summer McKinsey published their top 10 trends for the next year or so in Harvard Business Review in July 2009 http://tinyurl.com/l2ooj3.  This post discusses the trend related to declining levels of consumer and public trust in business. Trust in business running out – an accelerating trend Trust shapes every relationship.  It is the […]

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Resources feeling the strain — McKinsey Top 10 Trends and what they mean for IT

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

Over the summer McKinsey published their top 10 trends for the next year or so in Harvard Business Review in July 2009 (Link to HBR site).  This post discusses the trend related to resources. Resources feeling the strain – Stable Commodity prices and demand pressures were a hallmark of the world about a year ago […]

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Business Network Transformation Book Review

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

Business Network Transformation, edited by Jeffrey Word, is a compendium of articles on the ideas of business networks, sponsored by SAP.  Make no mistakes this book is market-iterature – a cross between marketing and book publishing, but once you know that there are some interesting ideas here.  Just know what you are reading and take […]

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McKinsey Top 10 Trends and what they mean for IT – Globalization under fire?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 25, 2009  |  2 Comments

Over the summer McKinsey published their top 10 trends for the next year or so in Harvard Business Review in July 2009  http://tinyurl.com/l2ooj3 Given McKinsey’s role in the executive suite and influence in setting business dialogues, I would like to offer some commentary on these trends and how they relate to the challenges facing the […]

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Predictably Irrational Book review – irrationally good, which one could have predicted

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 24, 2009  |  1 Comment

Predictable Irrational is the primary source book for a range of business books on behavioral economics now flooding bookstores.  Dan Ariely’s readily accessible, insightful and interesting book is the grandfather of popular behavioral economics and highly recommended. The issue of economic behavior becomes critical given the emergence of new social technologies and customer driven processes […]

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Rationing IT and the healthcare debate

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 21, 2009  |  1 Comment

In the U.S., the debate is over national healthcare.  A central issues is the balance between cost and availability.  It’s a balancing act that business executives and the CIO engage in every year when they determine the IT budget. In the national healthcare debate the issue is about having a fixed budget in order to […]

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Can U.S. federal IT organizations reform by adopting commercial practices?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 20, 2009  |  Comments Off

There has been much made about the new U.S. Federal CIO and CTO advocating the adoption of more commercial practices in IT.  At the risk of being controversial, I am wondering if this is not a simple prescription that sounds good in a press release but may fall flat in terms of its execution. I […]

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Has stimulus created growth or just moved future sales forward?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 19, 2009  |  3 Comments

With all the talk about ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery its time to ask if these shoots are real or just the immediate result of significant stimulus.   The buzz is postive, particulary as companies start to report changes based on YO-YO metrics that show improvement ‘year over year’. The point of this entry arose from […]

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A Conversation That Every CIO Must Have With Chief Counsel

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

Let’s table the technology discussion for just a moment as we have a guest post from Frank Kenney a research director at Gartner.  He maintains his own blog at http://blogs.gartner.com/frank_kenney/ and authored this post about one of the most important, yet sometimes neglected relationship between the CIO and Chief Corporate Counsel. Every CIO must ask […]

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