Mark McDonald

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PLURES ex UNIS – an architecture model for digitalized business

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 2, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

“Many out of one” is the rough translation.  The term sounds familiar.  Its opposite- e pluribus unum ‘one out of many’ – is the motto of the United States.   The term also gives us something to consider as we invest in further digitalizing business processes, products, channels and offerings. Enterprises already use digital technology in [...]

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2012’s CIO Leadership Challenges — the focus of the forum

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 30, 2012  |  1 Comment

Yesterday final CIO Leadership Session finished in Phoenix wrapping up sessions in Dubai and London. Each session concentrated on regional challenges from expanding growth in the gulf, to addressing macro economic realities in Europe and leading in times of transition in the Americas. Regardless of location, CIOs around the world face a new set of [...]

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Has your IT Strategy become obscured by Clouds?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 28, 2011  |  3 Comments

Just about everyone is talking about or moving into the cloud and that is ok.  But when it comes to your IT strategy, the cloud is a red herring.  A red herring is distraction, something that deliberately draws attention away from things that are more important.  In the case of the cloud, it is taking [...]

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The cloud is a cliff not a slope

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 4, 2011  |  3 Comments

In recent discussions with IT executives concerning the cloud an interesting thing has come up  – the nature of migration to the cloud.  In talking with executives many see their migration to the cloud as similar to migrating to other technologies.  The migration path is described as a slope with cloud technologies coming from zero [...]

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Welcome to the 2011 European Symposium and ITxpo

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 7, 2010  |  1 Comment

A few weeks ago Gartner held it’s Americas Symposium in Orlando.  Tomorrow we welcome more than 3,000 CIOs and IT leaders to the event.   CIOs and IT executives around the world face the similar needs to generate revenue, incorporate new business and technology models, and continuously innovate.  However, each takes on these challenges in their [...]

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The Cloud has it wrong. Traditional IT is cheaper almost free, at least from a business unit perspective

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 11, 2010  |  5 Comments

Cost is part of the appeal of cloud computing as organizations lease services based on scale pricing rather than owning and operating IT assets on their own.  While the efficiencies of large scale IT operations are undeniable, current IT financial management practices pervert that savings and actually make it cheaper to a business unit to [...]

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