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Archives for July, 2011


Me vs. We – the mouse in your pocket

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 29, 2011  |  2 Comments

Perspective, where you stand, determines much of your perception, how you see the world.  Asking yourself the question, is it me or is it we, when taking information on board, considering alternatives, making decisions, evaluating an implementation keeps you and your team grounded. Perspective and perception change constantly in modern business.  Competitors become collaborators, enemies [...]

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The bare personal technology essentials

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

What is the minimum set of technologies an individual needs to enhance their personal performance? It’s difficult to answer this question in the context of a modern organization endowed with a portfolio of applications, information and infrastructure.  Much of that technology exists to make the company and it’s processes more effective.  Even so called personal [...]

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Why Apple and others need to come up with new versions of “i-products’ every year.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 25, 2011  |  2 Comments

People were astounded when Apple released the iPad 2 within a year of the iPad’s debut. They are further confused as the new iPhone 5 is expected and could be accompanied by a free iPhone – the 3GS. There is even talk of an iPad 3 before the year is out.  What is going on [...]

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Drive out FEAR, UNCERTAINTY AND DOUBT from the root.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 22, 2011  |  Comments Off

Technology is a complex and confusing industry and therefore subject to miss-information either by accident or by plan.  This post deals with the impact of that complexity and how it has led IT to be influenced by tactics based on creating fear, raising uncertainty and creating doubt in IT capabilities and capacities. A surprising amount [...]

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It is easy to see how the business becomes frustrated by IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 19, 2011  |  1 Comment

If you want to understand someone you need to do more than walk a mile in their shoes, you need to try and do what they do.  The other day I had lunch with a former CIO who has recently been promoted to run a business unit in a mid-sized medical device company.  The CIO [...]

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There are no IT projects, only business projects

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 17, 2011  |  6 Comments

Yeah right! This mantra has been something we all have heard and may have said in response to the gap between business and IT.  The statement is used as a way for IT to define its way out of being a support function and into being a mission critical function.  The problem is that just [...]

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The Real Value of IT: a Book Review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 15, 2011  |  2 Comments

Hunter and Westerman’s book came out before we started blogging.  The Real Value of IT is one of the books that should be part of the CIO and IT leadership team’s tools.  Here is the original review that can also be found at Amazon.com What is the business value of IT? This is a perennial [...]

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Lean IT – Muda Matters

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 13, 2011  |  3 Comments

Blogging Note:  Like Gary Trudeau I am taking a week off from blogging, but I would like to share a past post that may be helpful. The original posts were made in the Fall 2009, but much of their points remain true.  I have made links to the original posts to make it easy to [...]

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12 Things every business needs to know about IT.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 11, 2011  |  3 Comments

Blogging Note:  Like Gary Trudeau I am taking a week off from blogging, but I would like to share a past post that may be helpful. The origional posts were made in the Summer of 2009, but much of their points remain true.  I have made links to the original posts to make it easy [...]

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A ‘both – and’ strategy is has no imagination only more work

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 7, 2011  |  2 Comments

One of the reasons CIOs face the need to re-imagine IT is that most companies are pursuing a dual track strategy calling for growth and cost cutting.  These two goals are often seen as being mutually exclusive – creating a duel rather than a dual set of requirements. You are either supporting growth or you [...]

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