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Archives for August, 2011


eBooks: an ongoing experiment in digitization

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 31, 2011  |  Comments Off

eReaders are changing the market for books and reading in ways that few could have imagined. Amazon’s announcement that it now sells more eBooks than Paperbacks creates an occasion to take a look at what is going on in the book marketplace and what it may mean for all of us. First the obvious stuff; […]

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Learning more about digital learning

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 30, 2011  |  2 Comments

Digital or eLearning is the subject of much discussion as technology continues to work its way into the fabric of our lives.  One of the most important threads in that fabric is the education of our children and society.  Given its importance it is not surprising that there is great debate around the impact and […]

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The difference between migration and transition

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 29, 2011  |  9 Comments

We are all sometimes loose with terminology. Just consider terms like architecture, value, strategy and the like and its easy to see how the same words can have slightly different meanings. However beneath every word there is a meaning, a sense, an idea and its helpful to go back to the root of the word […]

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How Steve Jobs and Apple has changed the world

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 26, 2011  |  3 Comments

The news wednesday night that Steve Jobs will be stepping down as CEO at Apple has probably generated as more blog activity than the announcement of the iPad. Earlier this week, I put up a post about the potential for Apple’s success to lead it to ‘jump the shark.” I had no idea that latter […]

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Apple jumps the shark? Hope not but the ramp is all set

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 24, 2011  |  Comments Off

Three things over the past few weeks have come together and sounded little warning bells as I think about Apple, where it is and where it might be going.  Apple has been so successful and is so hyped in popular culture that it finds itself ideally positioned to ‘jump the shark’. Jumping the Shark is […]

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Powershift! will tech market structures turn from ‘stacks’ toward a multi-dimensional spectrum

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 21, 2011  |  1 Comment

The buzz over the weekend after Google and HP’s announcements and plans brings into play the idea that the tech market is restructuring.  When the leading player in one sector announces that it is thinking of selling its operations and abandoning its offerings in the fastest growing market, you have to ask – what gives? […]

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Powershift! HP and Google are re-imagining tech in front of your eyes

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 18, 2011  |  4 Comments

If anyone wondered if tech was undergoing dramatic change, then this week should remove all doubt.  The nature of the tech industry is going through a series of changes that are re-imagining tech, what it is, how its purchased etc. This week’s actions by Google and HP mark two significant steps in re-imagining the tech […]

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Being Transparent about Transparency

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 17, 2011  |  2 Comments

I was on a conference call the other day discussing how we were going to handle a selection process.  The discussion was heated, as there were multiple good ways to handle the process.  One of the participants however was adamant about only one thing, “what ever we do, the process has to be transparent.  I […]

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Summer time and the flying ain’t easy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 16, 2011  |  2 Comments

Experienced business travelers will tell you that flying over the summer is the best of times and the worst of times.  Flying can be the best of times when flying to a summer vacation.  Even better times if you are able to use your air miles to cover the travel for you and your family. […]

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How to improve your performance by improving the mid office.

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

Every organization knows about its front office that generates revenue and its back office that operates those processes.  Few recognize the capabilities within the space between – the middle office – capabilities that determine your effectiveness and comparative advantage. Executives know how to improve the performance of their front and back office processes.   They change […]

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