Mark McDonald

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Who plays the Technology game?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 25, 2013  |  1 Comment

This is the last in a series of posts evaluating the differences between technology and IT.  While it is easy to list differences, this approach rarely reveals the dynamics behind those differences.  Applying an analogy to compare two things helps communicate those differences.  In this case we are using the analogy of a game and […]

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Chief Digital Officer – who should they report to?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2013  |  1 Comment

Prior posts have discussed the need for a Chief Digital Officer as well as the different types of Digital Officers.  This post concentrates on the range of possible reporting relationships for the Chief Digital Officer.  This is a complex and important question that requires thinking through the implications rather than building on a blanket assumption.  […]

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What I learned at Gartner’s CIO Leadership Forum in Huntington Beach California.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2013  |  Comments Off

Last week the CIO Leadership Forum landed in London at Heathrow Terminal 5 where more than 250 CIOs shared their experiences, ideas and concerns.  This week Huntington Beach California, outside Los Angeles hosted the North American event where more than 350 CIOs gathered to discuss the theme of “Digital Enterprise and Beyond.”    Part of the […]

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“Steering your car via the gas tank”, when cost trumps strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 18, 2013  |  2 Comments

We have been living with cost control strategies for so long that it is easy to lose sight that there are other strategies beyond doing ‘more with less.’  Recently I have been in a number of meetings with executive team’s where despite their best intentions, they are leading their company via cost rather than strategy, […]


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What I learned from this week’s CIO Leadership Forum in London

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 15, 2013  |  4 Comments

Earlier this week almost 300 CIOs from across Europe flew into London’s Terminal 5 to participate in the 2013 Leadership Forum.  “Digital Enterprise and Beyond”is the them of the event reflecting the inflection point facing CIOs as traditional IT issues give way to emerging Technology challenges and opportunities. During the event we conducted a number […]


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Gartner Middle East Symposium – welcome to the inaugural session

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 5, 2013  |  Comments Off

This week Gartner hosts its first Symposium in the Middle East and for those attending the event, my personal welcome.  A Symposium represents an opportunity for a group of peers to gather and cover a wide range of complex issues.  Information Technology professionals certainly face a range of complex issues as they look to hunt […]

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A New Federalism for Technology – a model made for a world demanding global growth and control

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 25, 2013  |  Comments Off

Strategy connects with structure and structure influences strategy.  The relationship between the two drives organizations to re-align, re-distribute and re-organize, all except for IT.  According to the 2013 Gartner CIO Survey, only 30% of CIOs believe that changing business priorities and strategies requires changing the IT organization.  In other words, 70% of CIOs believe that […]

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Which are the best opportunities for CIOs to connect with their C Level colleagues

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 22, 2013  |  Comments Off

There are many ‘reasons’ why the C Level colleagues of the CIO should pay attention.  Frankly many of those arguments about the power of technology, its strategic importance, etc. fall flat in the eyes of fellow C Level executives who have a tough time understanding the connection between technology and changes in business performance. Ask […]

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What are the feedback systems that drive a Technology Game?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

The IT Game is a stalemate and the past few posts have sought to start up a conversation regarding the nature of a new Technology Game that should replace the IT Game we play today.   Using the defining characteristics of context, goal, rules, feedback and participation.  These are the prior posts related to the Technology […]

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What are the rules for the “Technology Game?”

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 12, 2013  |  2 Comments

The prior post introduced the idea that the current IT game is a stalemate and that it is time to design a new game, a technology game.  That post suggests a different context and goal for a technology game, please follow this link to see that discussion. A game is further defined by its rules […]


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