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Archives for December, 2009

Things we might see in 2010

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

Yogi Berra is attributed as saying “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  That does not stop people from making predictions and rather than predictions, lets say here are a few things we might see in 2010. 2009 was a tough year for enterprise IT between budget cuts, new pending regulation and the […]

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My holiday wishes for CIOs around the world.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 24, 2009  |  3 Comments

Its the time of year to take stock of the past year and think about our wishes for the future.  2009 has clearly been challenging to CIOs and IT organizations but not without its ‘gifts’ so to speak.  It has been a privilege to work with CIOs during the past year and I want to […]


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Are we completing IT’s lost decade?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

I pose the following questions because as the first decade of the second millennia is coming to a close.  This will lead to a cascade of analysts and pundits asking what happened at the beginning of the Internet age.  Look for cover stories emblazed with 2010 coming to a publication near you. The Wall Street […]

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Bespoke is a word that people are using a lot

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 18, 2009  |  3 Comments

Bespoke is a term I’ve heard a lot about this week.  I first heard the term in connection with agile development that contrasts requirements developed through the process with the a priori requirements bespoke by the business.  In this context bespoke are what the users say they want and the need to implement those requirements […]


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Good books for 2009, some recommendations

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 14, 2009  |  1 Comment

It’s the end of the year and many will be coming out with lists of the “best of” for the coming year.  Here one from me – good business books that came out in  2009 in alphabetical order by the authors last name — my 10th grade english teacher would be proud.   This past year […]

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Rumors of the recession’s imminent demise are probably exaggerated

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 11, 2009  |  2 Comments

The recovery is among the hottest topics in the trade press and among pundits as sentiment has shifted.  Now its hip for analysts and others to talk up the economy, proclaim that the end of recession is near and that things will get better. Conditions are improving, but the early signs are that it will […]


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Nice round numbers are a sign of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 10, 2009  |  3 Comments

This blog has discussed various signs of weak management (see link to the core post).  Here is another one related to financial planning and goals. Back when I prepared my first project estimate.  I do not remember the exact number but I do remember the precision of the estimate – down to the dollars and […]


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It is easy for IT to value activities over results

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 8, 2009  |  3 Comments

Business recognition of IT’s value is a constant challenge for CIOs and IT executives.  While we can talk about IT’s fundamental role in modern business, its leverage and how the business just does not understand; there are ways in which IT keeps itself from being business relevant that need to change.  One of those ways […]


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CIOs need ‘both/and’ strategies for 2010 not either/or choices.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 7, 2009  |  1 Comment

Managing resources has been the core of IT for the past 40 years.  IT management started by managing scarce technical skills transforming manual functions into automated processes.  Resource management has evolved into demand management disciplines including program/project management; PMO, chargeback and IT service catalogues.  IT resources and budgets form the basis for judging IT’s success […]

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Taking a time out for a good reason

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 3, 2009  |  Comments Off

I am taking a few days off from the Blog in order to complete the analysis of the 2010 CIO Survey.  The 2010 CIO agenda report will be released in early January, but that requires buckling down on some tasks right now. It will just be for a day or two, and I look forward […]

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