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Archives for August, 2012


Mapping three paths for digitalizing the business

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 29, 2012  |  3 Comments

Digital technology represents the future of business and IT.  It represents the future in the sense that it represents a style of computing that will replace our current models with their emphasis on process automation, transaction processing and providing means of corporate control. Digital technology, a broad category including anything with a chip in it, [...]

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Last week was a big week for Apple, now some bigger decisions?

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

Last week was a huge week for the company in Cupertino.  They broke the record on the NYSE for the largest market value.  They also won a landmark patent infringement case with a billion dollar damage award.  The big question is can the company ignore all of this and keep moving forward. I wrote about [...]

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The Knockoff Economy: how imitation spurs innovation — A Book Review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 24, 2012  |  4 Comments

The Knockoff Economy  explores the validity of the belief that innovation and growth only happen when there are strong protections against copying or duplication.  The authors, both lawyers, make a compelling argument that IP protections like copyright, patents, etc. do not themselves create an environment of innovation. Creating ‘monopoly’ rights is not a requirement for [...]

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Metrics, metrics who has the right metrics – well we have some data and five observations.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 22, 2012  |  3 Comments

In the 2012 Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey we asked CIOs several questions about the metrics they use, how effective the metrics were and how effective they were at demonstrating the business value of IT.  We shared the data with CIOs over the past year and some interesting insights came up that are the subject [...]

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Phyllis Diller and the power of being present for others

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 21, 2012  |  1 Comment

A giant in comedy passed away yesterday, Phyllis Diller.  You may not remember her as she was 95 at the time of her passing, but she was instrumental in breaking down the gender barrier in comedy and provided an example of what it takes to adapt to changing times as her career took off in [...]

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Thank You for your questions, the 2013 CIO Survey

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 20, 2012  |  Comments Off

A post near the beginning of the month announced that Dave Aron and I were designing the 2013 CIO survey and we asked if there was one question you would like to ask CIOs.  Well the design is complete and the CIO survey is in testing so its time to announce the questions that you [...]

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My iPad is hurting me!

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 16, 2012  |  6 Comments

My iPad has not joined Skynet and become belligerent or been zapped by the Allspark, but using my third generation iPad is giving me a pain in my wrist that did not happen with my iPad1.  Basically, holding the iPad in my hand to read, play a game, watch a video or scan email is [...]

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Is today’s IT tomorrow’s slagheap or future gold mine?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 14, 2012  |  2 Comments

The question gets at the issue of legacy applications, information, infrastructure, etc.  Current IT philosophy, management practices and thinking is organized around the idea of building new things, adopting new technology, correcting the past, in other words viewing what you have now as a slag heap rather than a source of future value. That my [...]

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The Olympics and IT transformation projects

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 10, 2012  |  2 Comments

A cycle of investment, training and hard work completes every four years as the world comes together at the Olympic games.  It is just about the same amount of time that it takes the average large scale IT project to go from start to finish.  The two have a lot in common, more than you [...]

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Pre-strategy is a matter of Principles and Diagnosis

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 8, 2012  |  1 Comment

‘Having a plan for the plan’ is an effective tool for starting any large or complex project.  Defining a business strategy is definitely complex project.  Creating a plan for the strategy is a good idea.  So is defining a pre-strategy or a ‘strategy before the strategy’.  That sounds redundant, but its not. Planning for the [...]

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