Mark McDonald

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Entries Categorized as '2010'


Memorial Day – a time to remember the sacrifices of others and look ahead to the rest of the year.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 30, 2010  |  1 Comment

Memorial Day is a national holiday in the U.S when we set aside time to remember the sacrifices of the men and woman who have given their lives to their country.  Many other countries have similar days of remembrance and this post is in no way intended to say that those days are any less […]

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Technology goes public and changes the nature of IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 27, 2010  |  3 Comments

The very notion of what IT is and how it works in transition driven by economic, business and technical forces.  One of those forces is the accelerating degree to which the traditional IT stack is transforming from private to public infrastructure.  That transition has profound impacts on what we consider IT and how we value […]

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2010 CIO Leadership Forum and how CHOICE influences IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2010  |  2 Comments

Today is the first day of Gartner’s 2010 CIO Leadership forum in the U.S.  More than 250 CIOs have come together in Phoenix for this event.  The European event in London at the end of April already has more than 175 CIOs registered to attend.  Theme of this year is “Raising the bar for business […]

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How does IT raise enterprise productivity?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 12, 2010  |  1 Comment

Productivity drives growth in the economy and in your market value.  The shift from a focus on cost cutting to raising productivity is among the three transitions CIOs reported in their responses to the 2010 CIO Survey.  Please see the highlighted links for more detail. This post concentrates on how IT raises productivity, a question […]

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Business and IT file for divorce citing irreconcilable differences

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 10, 2010  |  5 Comments

The headline highlights an old and ongoing argument within IT that assumes that the business is perpetually disappointed by IT and that IT is consistently undervalued in the enterprise. While the argument is an old one, the basic assumption for more than 30 years as the business and IT needed each other and therefore they […]

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Leading in Times of Transition

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

We are nearing the end of the first quarter of calendar 2010 and a few things are becoming apparent.  2010 is a year of transition as the global economy begins to recover, strategies turn to a focus on growth and new technologies work their way into the market place. It is a year of transition […]

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2010 strategic transition from efficiency to productivity

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 8, 2010  |  6 Comments

The economic transition from recession to recovery is changing business expectations on the role of IT.  In the recession, IT was a major force in cutting enterprise and IT costs.  As the economy turns from recession to recovery, leaders are changing their view on IT as a source of enterprise productivity.  This opens the door […]

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Decoupling in the recovery and what it means

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 8, 2010  |  1 Comment

About 18 months ago the idea of decoupling was all the rage.  Decoupling was the concept that the economic fortunes of Asia and the West were no longer strongly intertwined. Stock market analysts and economists postulated that the US and Western Europe would go into recession, but China and its domestic growth rate would keep […]

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Connect activities with results on a single piece of paper 2 of 2.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 3, 2010  |  Comments Off

Making the connection between IT activities and business value requires having the information and communicating it effectively.  The blog post immediately before this one concentrates on creating a summary action plan that assembles the information needed to demonstrate IT’s value. This post concentrates on how you use the information to reveal the plan in a […]

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The most important thing in your company is not a thing

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 1, 2010  |  4 Comments

It’s a person and your people. “People are our most important … (asset, resource, strategy, etc)” This is one of the more familiar phrase executives and managers will say, particularly in light of the past year when people, their ideas and their personal sacrifices contributed so much to company survival.  2009 was a year where […]

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