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Archives for April, 2011


We have the same list, therefore we are aligned — NOT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 29, 2011  |  1 Comment

The prior post discussed a comparison between CEO and CIO priorities and the observation that the two are more aligned then many would want.   This post talks the limited value of a simplistic view of the CEO/CIO relationship and the nature of the alignment. Comparing priority lists is a popular way of assessing the relationship [...]

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CEO/CIO priorities fit when you think about the business

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 27, 2011  |  1 Comment

CEO/CIO misalignment is a perennial old saw argument dragged out every year as pundits look at different surveys and try to find cause for fear, uncertainty and doubt.    The idea is that CEOs want one thing – business performance and CIOs are delivering another – technical performance.  The apparent differences between the two are expected [...]

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The Fate of the FLIP– Part 3

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 25, 2011  |  Comments Off

Cisco announced late last week that it was discontinue the FLIP video cameraas part of the company’s restructuring of its consumer oriented businesses.  The announcement generated numerous blog posts and articles around what the demise of the FLIP means to the state of tech. I think that there is more to this story than just [...]

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The Fate of the FLIP– Part 2

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 20, 2011  |  Comments Off

Cisco announced late last week that it was discontinue the FLIP video cameraas part of the company’s restructuring of its consumer oriented businesses.  The announcement generated numerous blog posts and articles around what the demise of the FLIP means to the state of tech. I think that there is more to this story than just [...]

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What the Fate of the FLIP says about where ‘tech’ is and where it may be going – Part 1

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 19, 2011  |  Comments Off

Cisco announced late last week that it was discontinue the FLIP video cameraas part of the company’s restructuring of its consumer oriented businesses.  The announcement generated numerous blog posts and articles around what the demise of the FLIP means to the state of tech. The New York Times discussion focused on the speed at which [...]

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Donating iPads for Schools

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 18, 2011  |  3 Comments

Last month I wrote a post about what to do with your iPad 1’s when you upgrade to iPad 2’s.   I blogged about this being an opportunity to ‘close the consumer loop’ as perfectly good iPad 1’s could be donated to schools, charities and other causes. The post got some airplay and here are [...]

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15 minutes including Q&A: a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 15, 2011  |  1 Comment

We all have to give presentations; most of which are part of our day to day responsibilities.  A sales presentation, status report, talking with your team, making an internal proposal all represent presentations that we have to make that have an impact on our lives and caresses. Joey Asher’s book “15 minutes including Q&A” provides [...]

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Business Investments vs. Business cases: start one and stop the other

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 13, 2011  |  2 Comments

It is time to replace the traditional IT business case with a Business Investment Plans.   Why?  For the simple reason that they do not work, at least they do not work from the perspective of helping an organization realize benefits from IT investments and projects.  Part of re-imagining IT is taking a hard look at [...]

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What is the difference between remaking and re-imagining IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 11, 2011  |  6 Comments

CIOs see the need for change but it’s often difficult to describe the type of change required.  Without a clear description of the particular type of change, we too often fall back to defining change at the extremes. At the high end there is enterprise transformation where a firm tries to get itself off a [...]

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Reflections on the 2011 European CIO Leadership Forum

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 8, 2011  |  1 Comment

This week in London marked the end of this year’s CIO Leadership Forum series.  What began in February in Dubai continued in March in Phoenix has come to a close.  The theme of this year’s forum has been Creative Destruction and Re-imagine IT.   A theme that resonated with CIOs here in London as almost 300 [...]

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