Mark McDonald

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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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CIOs know a lot about sequestration

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

Today starts sequestration; the term for the ‘draconian’ budget cuts in the U.S.  The 6% across the board cuts to social programs and 8% cut for defense programs has been the subject of discussion, hyperbole, blame storming on all sides.  CIOs are familiar with the idea of having to manage in an environment of broad [...]

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A Decade of Devaluation in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 7, 2012  |  21 Comments

In a prior post — When Frugality Fails — the topic was what do you do when just cutting costs is not enough to define success.  This topic looks at what a decade of flat IT budget investments really means.  IT budgets have been essentially flat according to the results of the Gartner Executive Programs [...]

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What is the single best metric for demonstrating IT business impact?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 11, 2012  |  Comments Off

If John Stuart can take a hiatus, why can’t I.  Please enjoy this prior post on the best metric for IT. The issue of demonstrating the business value of IT is at the top of mind for both CIO’s and other executives as they look to allocate cash and other resources across the enterprise.  The [...]

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The Geek Debt Crisis

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 2, 2012  |  5 Comments

While Europe finance ministers deal with national debt crisis, CIO’s and CFO’s are ignoring their organizational geek debt crisis.  Measure your organization’s geek debt by the degree to which existing systems, operations, and capabilities limit future potential.  We often think and call our existing systems in more noble terms – legacy.  But in reality it [...]

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Maximize IT returns by amplifying performance rather than administering a budget.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 9, 2012  |  1 Comment

In times of economic adversity, conventional wisdom calls for conserving cash and capital.  Firms have amassed record amounts of cash as governments face deep cuts in the fourth year of five-year plans.  Leaders know that the future requires re-imaging the enterprise rather than repeated waves of belt tightening. Nowhere is this more evident than in [...]

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Re-Imagining IT requires new opinions and ideas – Yours

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 12, 2011  |  4 Comments

Throughout this year we have been talking about the need to re-imagine IT in the face of changing business priorities, technology innovation and IT performance.   Re-imagination involves finding new answers to new questions and that involves hearing from you. Gartner Executive Programs runs an annual survey of CIOs that seeks to understand CIO priorities, plans [...]

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Three things required to re-imagine benefits realization

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 23, 2011  |  2 Comments

Benefits realization is rapidly becoming the critical business process for CIOs and IT as organizations call the value of IT into question. Traditionally, benefits realization has been assumed to be the responsibility of the business.  IT built systems and the business deployed these systems to create business value.  That approach makes sense given the division [...]

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Mid year check up on the commitments you should make for 2011

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 1, 2011  |  Comments Off

It’s the logical midpoint of 2011 – at least from a business cycle.  It’s a good time to check the progress on the resolutions and plans.  While plans and priorities can change, the 2011 CIO Resolutions originally posted at the start of the year provide a basis for judging your success so far. A note, [...]

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Business Investments vs. Business cases: start one and stop the other

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 13, 2011  |  2 Comments

It is time to replace the traditional IT business case with a Business Investment Plans.   Why?  For the simple reason that they do not work, at least they do not work from the perspective of helping an organization realize benefits from IT investments and projects.  Part of re-imagining IT is taking a hard look at [...]

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