Mark McDonald

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Mark P. McDonald
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8 years at Gartner
24 years IT industry

Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a former group vice president and head of research in Gartner Executive Programs. He is the co-author of The Social Organization with Anthony Bradley. Read Full Bio

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So long and thanks for all the fish

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 16, 2013  |  5 Comments

This all started back in January 2009 and 718 posts latter with more than 3,700 comments it is time to conclude this blog.   During the past four years, the blog has sought to present and share ideas about technology in the enterprise, the role of the CIO and the changing nature of IT leadership.   During that time we have explored a range of issues from  digital technology to management practices and even the introduction of a magic quadrant covering magic.

It has been great fun and I have learned much from all of the smart people who have taken the time to read, comment and contribute to the blog.  My deepest apologies as the blog often featured grammar that would make an English teacher cringe.  I will admit to not really proofreading every post all the time as the ideas and the desire to publish them got ahead of prudent respect for the reader.  Please accept my apologies.

I have provided a few links below to the posts that garnered the greatest interest, comments or are worth remembering.

Leading in Times of Transition: the 2010 CIO Agenda   – the most links via Bitly

Gartner announces a new magic quadrant — the most comments

The Nature of Change is Changing: A new Pattern — the most comments for a serious post

An IT value sampler for the holidays

Chief Digital Officer, What type does your organization need?

Digitalization creates new dimensions for disruption

Everyone will recall the source of the title of this post from Douglas Adams’ book of the same name.  Part of the Hitchhiker  set of books that should be on everyone’s must read list.  I took his title as the title for this post not because things are ending, but because they are always beginning.   That beginning in 2009 started with a simple question about IT budgets and now I turn the conversation over to my peers at Gartner and to the community in general.

Thank you for your time, attention, energy, knowledge and experience all shared on this blog.  It is not mine; it is ours.  It is also my privilege to share.

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  • 1 Richard Hughes   May 17, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Thanks Mark for all the posts. I have found them consistently valuable and insightful, and will miss them greatly.

  • 2 Askar   May 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

    why? I will miss your blog. Sorry if I didn’t add comments, but I was following your blog more than a year now and I have learned a lot. Thanks anyways and wish you the best.

  • 3 Steve Paulsen   May 19, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Thanks Mark! For more than 2 years I’ve enjoyed reading your insights, book reviews and general commentary. It has helped shape my thinking as I work with and influence my IT colleagues. Best wishes on your future!

  • 4 Jitsatha Thatavakorn   May 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you very much, Mark.
    Your posts has broadened my view of IT management.
    Hope to read your ideas again soon.

  • 5 paul   May 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Mark
    So sorry to see you hanging up the blog work
    I always found your contribution so insightful and I have often made use of your vision in how I see things – never as visionary as you which is what I had taken so much from
    You will be sorely missed.
    May I wish you all the best.

    We met once at a Microsoft. Partner council about 4 years ago and it will always stay with me

    Regards

    Paul