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Archives for March, 2010


IT R.E.A.D all over.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 31, 2010  |  1 Comment

In the prior post, I used the analogy of the newspaper industry to discuss on how technology could render some of IT’s greatest assets into their greatest liabilities.  Technology has changed newspapers by rendering their capital-intensive investment in print and distribution operations worthless.  The same can happen for IT, which according to analyst constitutes at least [...]

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What’s black and white and red all over – a future of IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 29, 2010  |  6 Comments

I was in London last week and I read that the British Newspaper the Independent was sold for 1 £.  The Independent is not the only newspaper that is in trouble and it will not be the last.  However the idea that one of the U.K. national news paper/publishing companies can be bought for less [...]

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Unplanned tests of disaster management – how is Tom feeling today.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 26, 2010  |  3 Comments

I once worked as a consultant for a CIO at a midsized bank in the Northeast who had a novel way to test his disaster recovery plan.  Lets call him Tom, not his real name, because his real name is the same as our CEO and this is not a story about our CEO. Tom [...]

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Test the strength of your culture – turn off the email

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 25, 2010  |  2 Comments

Recently between the power outages in the Northeast and other events, our company lost use of our email system on a Friday morning.  By lost I do not mean that we can’t find it.  I mean that our email system is dead.  It was interesting to see what turning email off does to a company’s [...]

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Is 2010 a replay of 2009?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 24, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

I hope not, but this idea has recently gotten some attention in the IT media.  People are looking for some theme for this year.  They are trying to make sense of an economy that seems to be going in every direction at once. Saying that this year is a repeat of last year neither sets [...]

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2010 CIO Leadership Forum and how CHOICE influences IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2010  |  2 Comments

Today is the first day of Gartner’s 2010 CIO Leadership forum in the U.S.  More than 250 CIOs have come together in Phoenix for this event.  The European event in London at the end of April already has more than 175 CIOs registered to attend.  Theme of this year is “Raising the bar for business [...]

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A silly IT budget trick

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

Note:  My apologies for the prior version of this post.  I wrote it too quickly and did not give it a good proof reading. I read an article the other day by Arthur Langer about how IT can survive the current economic recession.  I was struck by the following piece of advice: “Move more IT [...]

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March Madness means that half the year has passed.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 18, 2010  |  2 Comments

The NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament is called March madness as 64 teams play in a tournament to crown a national champion.  Outside of the U.S. this may not mean as much, but the tournament is a big annual event and the subject of much debate and discussion. It should be, because for all practical [...]

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GE hints that it will return its dividend – happier days are here again?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 17, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

Just want to close the loop on something.  Back in February of last year I wrote a post about the implications of GE deciding to cut its dividend due in part to the yield the dividend paid on GE’s battered stock.  The move by such a household name could have been a signal for others [...]

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Perspective matters when considering IT investment budgets.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 16, 2010  |  2 Comments

Pundits use IT portfolio measures to justify observations regarding the health and future of IT.  The average quoted in some quarters is 71% to operations with the remaining 29% allocated to investment.  Pundits claim that a ration of slightly more than 2:1 restricts IT form achieving its full role in the enterprise.  IT needs more [...]

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