Mark McDonald

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Can the CIO be the Chief Digital Officer? Yes if they make the role their own

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 12, 2013  |  3 Comments

The CIO is more qualified than most for the emerging position of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) as they have an intimate and operational understanding of how the enterprise and customers use technology.  CIO experience is a strength, but in an area that is off target for the way the popular media, among consultants and in [...]

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Can the CIO be the Chief Digital Officer? Crafting the right role

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 10, 2013  |  9 Comments

YES, even H3LL Yes.  But just because you are the CIO does not mean that you are the Chief Digital Officer by default.  They are two different jobs with significant potential for synergy/overlap depending on how you think about it.  By the way the CDO role has significant potential overlap with a number of other [...]

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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 from Gartner’s First Symposium in the Middle East – Dubai 2013

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 11, 2013  |  2 Comments

Last  week more than 450 CIOs and IT executives met for Gartner’s first ever Symposium in the Middle East.  The three-day event concentrated on the digital imperatives of Focus, Connect and Lead.  Digital technology, Gartner’s Nexus of Forces, gives each of these imperatives a new and exciting context. Based on the presentations, questions, discussions and [...]

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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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Artist and businessperson – a model for the 21st century executives, leaders, managers and artists

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 4, 2013  |  1 Comment

The other day I watched “The History of the Eagles Part 1 & 2”  a documentary on the Eagles, you know the band that brought is Life in the Fast Lane, Hotel California, and the Long Run, among other hits.   The documentary featured the standard story arch of an epic journey of Don Henley, Glen [...]

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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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The leadership traits CIOs see as significant for success. One of the ‘one’ questions you would ask of CIOs.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 6, 2013  |  4 Comments

As we developed the CIO survey over last summer, we asked you about the one question you would ask CIOs.  One of the questions you asked was about leadership skills or traits that drive their success. What are the top three leadership traits for CIOs of the future? CIOs responses were surprising more for what [...]

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What I learned from CIOs at the Gold Coast Australia Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2012  |  Comments Off

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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