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Archives for December, 2010


Its time to re-plumb your IT strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 27, 2010  |  1 Comment

This thought hit me in the UK a few weeks ago as it was cold outside and I was trying to wash my hands with warm but not scalding hot water.   In the hotel I was confronted by a sink with two facets, see example below taken from this do it yourself website. As you [...]

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A few things CIOs need to find under their tree

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 22, 2010  |  6 Comments

This Holiday season is a time to think about what CIOs want and need in 2011.  Here are a few thoughts: Cloud service providers with the courage and the confidence to provide a standard easy to use way to allow CIOs to take their data and applications and leave.  CIOs are savvy enough to know [...]

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What is IT’s market share, and what do you do about it

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

Answering the fundamental questions in one profession often shed new light on another.   In this case it is applying marketing questions to IT, not from the perspective of increasing IT’s reputation, but by looking at its market penetration. In this case thinking about IT market share helps illustrate the need for a new way of [...]

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What are the recent technologies that have failed to deliver their promise?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 17, 2010  |  2 Comments

An Executive Vice President at a company I visited recently asked me the question above. He went onto explain, “You know the technologies that everyone said a few years back would really change the way we were supposed to work.”  I took deep breath and came up with the following things.  Please feel free to [...]

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A Post-Modern Model for IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 16, 2010  |  4 Comments

Looking back at the various waves of IT it is easy to see them driven by different forces.  In the early days, the demands of the technology required setting IT apart as deep specialized skills normally associated with university labs became part of the company and became data processing.  As the industry settled down and [...]

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Why does IT need to assert itself in the enterprise?

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

In a conversation with a CIO at Gartner’s EMEA Symposium at Cannes, they asked me that question. “I’ve noticed that Gartner is telling people to be more assertive with the business, to be out in front, why, what is different about this year?” The question is a good one, because after three years of the [...]

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The Modern Industrial IT Model

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 8, 2010  |  3 Comments

Since the 1980’s the dominant model for information technology (IT) has been an industrial one.  Modern industrial IT models have concentrated on building out the technical, application and information structures and infrastructures that have made the global interconnected economy possible.  Understanding the tenets of the modern industrial IT model provides a starting point for envisioning [...]

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“What I want to talk about” – six words that say I don’t care about what you think

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 6, 2010  |  7 Comments

You have heard these words sitting in the audience or perhaps you have spoken them when you have the floor.  Either way the message behind these six words is clear.  I am here.  This is what I want to say.  I do not really care about what you hear. Sure, I might have been interested [...]

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Building solutions should be like shooting a movie — concurrent engineering in developing IT solutions

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 2, 2010  |  1 Comment

Accelerating the delivery of new or improved solutions is one of the key sources of IT value and the importance of application development.  Methods and techniques for building solutions has also been the subject of intense focus from the original creation of structured methods to current innovations in agile development.  While there has been significant [...]

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