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Archives for July, 2012

What is the one question you would ask of CIOs? We want to know.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 30, 2012  |  15 Comments

It’s the end of July so two things are certain.  The weather is hot and we are planning for the upcoming Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey.  The survey, which has been running for more than 10 years now, looks at Business and IT strategies, technologies and priorities.  It also looks to get behind the scenes […]


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Olympics 2.0 or the social games

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 27, 2012  |  1 Comment

Tomorrow the 30th Olympiad begins in London. These are the ‘triple X’ games. They could also be called Olympics 2.0 given the enhanced use of social media by everyone and for everything.  This year social media is more prevalent and powerful than every. Four years ago, at the Beijing games, Facebook was just about a […]

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An IT Renaissance is the last thing we need. We need IT Enlightenment.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 25, 2012  |  4 Comments

Conventional wisdom, beliefs and ideas concerning information technology crumble in the face of fundamental technology innovations such as Mobile, Social, SaaS, Big Data and the like.  Removing the fundamental logic creates an opportunity for new ways of thinking – reimagining – IT, its value and role in the organization.  The question is, will this change […]


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Frustrated by chain email? You just found an opportunity for social media collaboration.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 23, 2012  |  5 Comments

Chain email, we get them, sometimes we even add them but we are all confounded as they clog up our accounts.  Recently my email account has been bombarded with several of these chain emails. So while I was mass deleting the chain, I wondered what was really going on. What is all the energy behind […]


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Sometimes honesty is the best policy, even when you are having a bad week.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 20, 2012  |  2 Comments

Look down at your feet.  Right now.  Notice anything? probably not.  But the other day I looked down at my feet and saw something that I never expected. I just finished delivering the keynote talk as a global IT leadership team of a major multi-billion dollar global company in Europe.  The talk concentrated on answering […]


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The signs of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 18, 2012  |  3 Comments

Here is a prior post that generated significant comments to enjoy during the summer hiatus. I may get in trouble for this but here are some personal observations about management going on in companies.  This is all personal observation. Stress brings out the best and worst of people and organizations enabling you to see either the […]


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The Dimensions of Digital Disruption

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 16, 2012  |  Comments Off

Enjoy this rebroadcast of a recent blog post while I am out on summer vacation. Disruption is the interruption of normal work or practice according to Wikipedia.  In business disruption is the result of deliberate strategies and practices as companies seek to exploit differences and create competitive asymmetry where competitor strengths become comparative weaknesses. Clayton […]

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It is time to think small when thinking of IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 13, 2012  |  5 Comments

Please enjoy this prior post on the nature of the IT organization.  IT trends and transformations over the past decade have been driven by a common theme: reducing cost.  CIO-led initiatives for outsourcing, consolidation, shared services, applying lean manufacturing principles, have all revolved around the need to take costs out of IT. All of this […]


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What is the single best metric for demonstrating IT business impact?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 11, 2012  |  Comments Off

If John Stuart can take a hiatus, why can’t I.  Please enjoy this prior post on the best metric for IT. The issue of demonstrating the business value of IT is at the top of mind for both CIO’s and other executives as they look to allocate cash and other resources across the enterprise.  The […]

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We are addicted to change

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 9, 2012  |  3 Comments

Change is a constant.  That apparent contradiction makes perfect sense and is the foundation for many business strategies.  But if everything can change and does change on a regular basis, then how does anything get done? Our acceptance of the need for constant change does not necessarily make us more adaptable, so much as it […]


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