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Archives for October, 2012


Effective alignment requires more than process and plans, it demands productivity and throughout.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 31, 2012  |  3 Comments

Business and IT alignment is a perennial issues facing executives.  It is one of reasons for misunderstandings, inefficiencies and frankly recriminations between technologists and business professionals.  Improving Business and IT Alignment is a constant part of CIO strategic priorities as shown by the CIO survey results.  Follow the link to participate in the 2013 CIO […]

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McKinsey Report Highlights Failure of Large Projects: why it is better to be small, particularly in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 29, 2012  |  37 Comments

A recent set of studies published by McKinsey Quarterly provides further evidence that the bigger they are the harder they fall.  Given that the McKinsey Quarterly’s audience is predominantly business executives rather than IT professionals, it’s important that CIOs are aware of the findings and have a reasonable response. Large projects not only fail more […]

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What I have learned from CIOs at the Gartner Orlando Symposium and ITxpo.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 26, 2012  |  4 Comments

I am just back from Gartner’s Symposium in Orlando and from the buzz at the event it has been a valuable experience for all.  On Sunday Night I posted a welcome message that outlined some of the challenges, issues and requirements CIOs face in the future. 2012 = 1997   In many ways 2012 is like […]

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Hacking Management: Final Report for the Gartner/MIX Hackathon

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 23, 2012  |  Comments Off

In March of this year Polly Labarre from the Management Innovation Xchange (MIX) opened the Gartner EXP / Management Innovation Lab Hackathon at the Phoenix CIO Leadership Forum.  Gartner and Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) have invited a select group of IT leaders to crack a key issue: How IT can help organizations become more […]

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Why do you need a Digital Edge?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 22, 2012  |  1 Comment

Every organization has an edge – a reason behind their future success.  Having an edge is great, but customer expectations, competition and technology dull every edge.  Sharpening these edges becomes increasingly difficult over time as technology makes it easier for competitors to copy, mimic, reverse engineer your edge. Executives need an edge that is self-sharpening, […]

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Welcome to the 2012 Gartner Symposium ITXPO: Orlando

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 21, 2012  |  3 Comments

It’s October.  It’s Orlando.  It must be time for Gartner Symposium.  This year’s event represents a pivotal time for CIOs and IT particularly as the world makes the transition between a focus on IT and a broader focus on Technology.   The Nexus of forces (Cloud, Mobile, Social and Information) is a focus of the event, […]

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Digital substitution or digital combination?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 18, 2012  |  2 Comments

Digital technologies like mobile, social, analytics, big data, communications, etc. are an increasingly important part of formulating business strategy.  Incorporating digital technology into strategic decisions raises a fundamental question – how do we use technology to grow the business?  Executives face two basic choices in responding to that question.  They can apply digital technology as […]

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What are the requirements CIOs expect from a Tier 1 service provider?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 16, 2012  |  1 Comment

A significant uptick in dissatisfaction with service providers is one of the trends I have noticed in the last six months.  Many CIOs are either actively switching service providers, in the evaluation process of switching or questioning the skills and abilities of their service provider as a significant issue hampering their success. Is there something […]

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Gartner Symposium – Goa India: What I learned from CIOs attending the event.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 15, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last week more than 250 CIOs attended Gartner Symposium in Goa, India. This year’s event was the second symposium in India with last year’s held in Mumbai.  In talking with CIOs and IT executives at the event it became clear that 2013 is going to be a transitional year for CIOs and for IT in […]

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Creating a difference between digital, digitize and digitalization.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 12, 2012  |  3 Comments

The terms digital and digitize are related, one the noun and the other a verb.  This creates confusion as they are often used interchangeably for example do you have a digital business or one that is digitized? Normally I dislike definitional posts that seek to refine terminology more often in an attempt to ‘brand’ a […]

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