Mark McDonald

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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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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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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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Is your CFO qualified to oversee IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 19, 2012  |  6 Comments

There is a renewed discussion of the CIO reporting relationships.  It is a discussion that is sure to generate debate as who you report to is important both personally and professionally.  The perceived increase in CIOs reporting to CFO’s is a topic that goes through this cycle much like call of Paul Revere in the […]


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Hiding reality from your CEO — a sign of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 5, 2011  |  Comments Off

I was at a large conference recently and I noticed a very helpful ad hoc tool a team had developed.  The tool was a list of people and rooms taped to a wall so people could see where their peers were without having to stand in line and ask a coordinator to direct them.  Now […]

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Avoid the trap of false precision

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 30, 2011  |  2 Comments

Precision is the enemy of IT value and a root cause of why it is so hard to measure IT’s.  About the only thing that you can prove with precision is that is not wasting money. Precision requires that specific investments that produce pre-defined and specific results.  You want to produce more widgets, then you […]


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Are you doing the dishes? Time to check your IT strategy before it becomes an IT plan.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 17, 2011  |  3 Comments

Business relevance and alignment is a persistent issue in IT and a challenge for CIOs.  In this year’s CIO agenda presentations at Gartner Symposium these issues were discussed and measured based on CIO business priorities and plans.    The 2011 CIO survey looked at this issue and we described it in an analogy that IT believes […]


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CEO’s need to consider a team approach to formulating 2012 strategies

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 5, 2011  |  2 Comments

It is time to begin formulating the team that will develop the 2012 Business Strategy.  You may have already held preliminary discussions; the heavy lifting of strategy formulation and execution planning is just beginning.  While preliminary meetings involve discussing high-level goals, like grow by 20%, the next round of strategy work requires a comprehensive view […]


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CFOs share their concerns regarding the strategic importance of their role.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 29, 2011  |  1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal published the results of their first CFO network meeting in the Monday June 27 edition.  The network includes 60 CFO’s from leading organizations as well as subject matter experts including Clayton Christensen and Arthur Levitt.   The discussion sheds interesting light on a world that few people outside of the finance organization […]

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The CIO and the rest of the C-Suite

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 2, 2011  |  Comments Off

There is no doubt that CIOs have one of the more challenging sets of responsibilities on the senior executive team.  It is easy to see the CIO as accountable for everything that happens in an organization while only be responsible for a specialized set of resources to make those things happen. Over the past 30 […]

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