Mark McDonald

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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  |  Submit a Comment

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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Digital Makes 2012 and 2013 important years for Technology

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 27, 2012  |  3 Comments

2012 has been one of extremes from a continued deepening of the global financial crisis, to the U.S. National Elections; to the rapid take-up of digital technology this year has been one of transition.  “The more things change the more things seem to stay the same,” to paraphrase Yogi Berra.  From and IT perspective, the [...]

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An IT value sampler for the holidays

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

It is the holiday season and the time for samplers.  Recently a friend sent me a candle sampler as a holiday gift – a box of assorted chocolates.  That got me thinking about the collection of ideas that we offer to each other and exchange.   So here is a sample that I offer to you [...]

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The Digital Edge in Retail

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 26, 2012  |  6 Comments

Today is Cyber Monday, the day when experts suggest that more than a billion dollars will be spent online as people purchase gifts for the holiday season.  This fact coupled with an interesting but not particularly revealing article “Death by a Billion Clicks”  by Michael Copland on Best Buy in Wired Magazine raises the question: [...]

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What I learned from CIOs at the Gold Coast Australia Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

The seventh and final Gartner Symposium ITXpo completed this week at Gold Coast, Australia.   This completes a set of posts related to prior events in Tokyo, Goa, Orlando, Sao Paulo, Barcelona and now the Gold Coast.  The links point to what I have learned from these other venues. This is the second year of holding [...]

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Barcelona: what I learned from talking with CIOs at Gartner’s Symposium ITXpo.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 10, 2012  |  4 Comments

This week the Gartner Symposium stopped in Barcelona to meet with more than 5,000 CIOs and IT executives.  The challenges facing European CIOs and IT leaders are real and significant.  An earlier post  reviewed the situation facing many of the IT leaders attending this year’s Symposium. One cannot underestimate the economic situation in Europe or [...]

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7 years of lean, IT’s time in the innovation desert is over

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 7, 2012  |  5 Comments

In the Bible Joseph’s interpretation of Pharoh’s dream predicted that Egypt would see seven years of fat, good harvests and plentiful food followed by 7 years of lean times, poor harvests and starvation.  The prediction encouraged Pharaoh to save in good times to compensate for bad times. The exact opposite has happened to IT. IT [...]

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Welcome to Barcelona and the 2012 Gartner Symposium ITXpo

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 5, 2012  |  4 Comments

CIOs and IT from across Europe gather in Barcelona this week to discuss the future of business, leadership and technology in the context of a changing economic and political environment.  The nuance and complexity associated with these challenges make this year’s European Symposium a singular event. Business, leadership and technology provide a context for the [...]

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What I learned from CIOs in Sao Paulo at Gartner Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 2, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Earlier this week the Gartner Symposium series stopped in Sao Paulo Brasil and joined more than 1,000 CIOs and IT professionals to discuss business and technology issues.  Like earlier symposia, the focus was on how technology creates value in the enterprise.  This is what I learned from the discussions, questions and interactions at this year’s [...]

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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  |  41 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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