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Archives for November, 2010

A few ‘apps’ that I have found particularly helpful with the iPad.

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

In the six months that I have had my iPad it has enhanced my life more than changing or revolutionizing it.  The device has extended the reach of technology from simply capturing and manipulating information to making it part of the way I work and working in new ways.  Sure the more I work with […]


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To outsource or not, that is the question

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

Sourcing decisions are becoming increasingly complex as new choices become available.  A while ago I responded to a question posed by the Financial TImes set up by the following question. I am the chief executive of a medium-sized manufacturing company which has a small IT department responsible for maintaining our IT infrastructure, including our website, and […]

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What is the size of your deck?

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

That sounds like a personal question. It is not.  Just an observation that size of your presentation deck tells more about you than you might imagine.  This is particularly important as we enter a period of intense communications as we consolidate 2010 achievements and finalize 2011 plans. This observation came up when we were discussing […]


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A personal question to public sector CIOs

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 18, 2010  |  5 Comments

I am going out on a limb here, but we really appreciate your input on this issue. Public sector technology is an essential and important part of our society, economy and technical landscape.  Technology solutions from National, Regional, State and local governments define the ways in which people in interact with government to obtain services, […]


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A few of the things I learned from CIOs in Sydney

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 17, 2010  |  1 Comment

It is the last day of Gartner’s Symposium and ITXpo in Sydney.  After three days of meeting and networking with CIOs from Australia, Asia and India there continues to be a feeling for the need to change IT. A note, there is some ‘selection bias’ in these thoughts as they are based on the people […]

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Three new realities facing CIOs and IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2010  |  1 Comment

New Realities require new rules, some of the forces shaping the future of the enterprise and IT Please note this is an excerpt of the Keynote address delivered at this year;s Gartner Symposia in Orlando Florida, Cannes France and Sydney Australia. CIOs and IT leaders are accustomed to change. It is part of the territory. […]

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Welcome to Gartner’s Symposium and ITXpo in Sydney Australia

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

Sydney is the final destination for the 2010 Gartner Symposium cycle enabling Gartner Analysts to share the latest insight gained from meeting with CIOs and IT executives in Europe and North America.   Australian companies are midway through their 2011 financial year and face the need to assess where they stand and the need to formulate […]

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Making a decision that may upset people? Just ask

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 12, 2010  |  1 Comment

We all face the need to make tough decisions mostly around the need to match resources with revenues or results.  That may sound like a fancy way of saying cutting costs or saving money, but it is the reality we all face these type s of decisions. Recently I was talking with a CIO who […]

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How do you know its time to change IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 11, 2010  |  1 Comment

Every leader needs to know when its time for change, or they will be the ones who face the change.  This requires that CIOs lead from the front in terms of looking at the current state of IT in a clear and balanced way.   Recognizing the need to change is hard, because change essentially means […]

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What I am learning from CIOs in Cannes.

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

It is halfway through Gartner European Symposium and ITxPo and time for some intermediate reflections.  These are based on talking with CIOs both in 1:1 sessions as well as to groups of CIOs after presentations and during dinners, etc.  These views are my own and based on these interactions which represent a fraction of the […]


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