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Archives for September, 2010


Is 2011 the year where technology drives IT strategy?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 28, 2010  |  4 Comments

This question came up in a discussion with a CIO and their IT strategist. They raised the point after we talked about the impact of new ‘lightweight’ technologies on IT such s virtualization, cloud computing and social media. These and other technologies can have a profound impact on IT services, economics, resources and strategy, Their [...]

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The 5% solution

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 23, 2010  |  1 Comment

Royal Dutch Shell was founded more than 100 years ago from the combination of two companies. One of these companies the “Shell” transportation company was based on a simple premise. 5%. That was what Marcus and Samuel Samuel wanted for transporting oil on one of eight ships that were named after different types of seashells. [...]

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Is it time for CIOs to lead from the front?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 21, 2010  |  4 Comments

The question revolves around the role of the CIO on the executive team. Leading from the front describes a CIO that is proposing, encouraging and challenging their enterprise to take advantage of new opportunities, often ones created by technology innovation. Leading from the front is in contrast to leading from the back where CIOs contribute [...]

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Happy New Year

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 20, 2010  |  2 Comments

No I have not read my calendar wrong, its just that today represents the first Monday of 2011.  How can that be? Well a while ago on Memorial Day  I posted a blog that pointed out that any solution implemented after Friday September 16th would not have sufficient time to deliver significant results in 2010. [...]

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WSJ Essential Guide to Management builds management skills on the cheap – a review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 16, 2010  |  Comments Off

Building business skills in IT is a consistent requirement for CIOs and IT leaders.  The term business skills is broad ranging including specifics about your company as well as broader management concepts that shape the executive discussion.  The challenge is one of time and money, as you cannot afford to send IT teams to get [...]

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Powershift! The darker side of consumer IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 15, 2010  |  2 Comments

The consumerization of IT is something that Gartner had been writing about for some time. The idea that individuals will have access to more powerful technology in their personal rather than professional lives is certainly true. The focus of consumerization has been largely on its impact on the traditional IT organization and how they support [...]

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Living in a Multi-speed economy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 14, 2010  |  2 Comments

The future of the economy is on many people’s minds and for good reason.  While we cannot know if the future, one thing appears certain.  We are living in a multi-speed world. I first heard of the term different economic speeds when I was in Australia.  They point to two speeds: a top speed and [...]

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Manage risk up!

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 10, 2010  |  2 Comments

Risk is a persistent issue in IT and it is based on the premise that you need to manage risk down, reducing it via various decisions, polices and investments.  CIOs and IT executives see lower risk as a good thing, particular as it comes to operational systems and investments.  That view defines risk as the [...]

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CIOs report trading operating budgets for capital spending at the mid year.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 8, 2010  |  Comments Off

According to Gartner’s 2010 CIO Mid year survey, IT budgets remain tight and CIOs report having to move resources around to meet increasing operational and infrastructure upgrades in the face of tight budget and economic environment.  CIOs face a year of leading in times of transition with continued economic challenges combining with changes in enterprise [...]

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Buy In offers a concise toolkit for every professional – a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 7, 2010  |  1 Comment

Buy In by John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead is a modern day version of how to influence people. The books basic premise is that having a good idea alone is not enough to create value.  You need buy-in and a buy in that come from using spill, clear and commonsense responses delivered to both supporters [...]

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