Mark McDonald

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The last question for the last day of 2013

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 31, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

This December the blog has asked a number of questions about the future of IT.  The approach seeks to avoid didactic statements about the future of IT – answers without questions.  To date the three questions have generated good discussion and its time for the final question: Where do we, as technology professionals, need to [...]

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What are the issues that need to be addressed in creating IT’s future?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 21, 2012  |  2 Comments

This is the third question in the December Friday question series.  The two prior questions looked at  “Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving?” on December 7th and “What are the reasons we need IT in the future?” on December 14th.   So far there is some great discussion and comments so [...]

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What are the reasons we need IT in the future?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 14, 2012  |  3 Comments

Today is the second friday in December and time for another question in the discussion series about asking the right questions about IT. Last week’s question “Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving?”  yielded some interesting points.  This week the question is: What are the reasons we need IT in the future? Notice [...]

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Local public infrastructure driving economic development and employment growth

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 12, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last month I had the opportunity to catch up with Todd Jackson the CIO at the City of Westerville Ohio and received an update on Westerville Ohio’s Community Data Center.  If you recall from a prior post,  the City of Westerville, located outside Columbus Ohio, decided to build a community data center providing services for [...]

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What are the requirements CIOs expect from a Tier 1 service provider?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 16, 2012  |  1 Comment

A significant uptick in dissatisfaction with service providers is one of the trends I have noticed in the last six months.  Many CIOs are either actively switching service providers, in the evaluation process of switching or questioning the skills and abilities of their service provider as a significant issue hampering their success. Is there something [...]

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Life in the post-Facebook world: the case of the disappearing commons

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 13, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

What happened to the commons?  You know the global commons of information, connectivity and creativity that was supposed to be created by the world-wide-web. I was reading Charles Leadbeater’s book, WE-THINK, as I saw him speak at a recent conference.  The book, written in 2008, took me back to the good old days when WWW [...]

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Performance, one of the dimensions of digital disruption

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 20, 2012  |  2 Comments

Digital technologies are opening new avenues for companies to disrupt competitors and markets.  The prior post outlined three dimensions of disruption: access, enterprise economics and performance.  This post focused on performance as a dimension of digital disruption. Performance can be defined along a range of dimensions from price/performance, or technical measures, to operational and financial [...]

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Enterprise Economics, one of the dimensions of digital disruption

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 17, 2012  |  1 Comment

Digital technologies open new avenues for companies to disrupt competitors and markets.  The prior post outlined three dimensions of disruption: access, enterprise economics and performance.  This post focused on enterprise economics as a dimension of digital disruption. Digital technologies disrupt economics at multiple levels by upsetting the balance between volume and value by creating a [...]

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Access, one of the dimensions of digital disruption

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 12, 2012  |  5 Comments

Digital technologies are opening new avenues for companies to disrupt competitors and markets.  The prior post outlined three dimensions of disruption: access, enterprise economics and performance.  This post focused on performance as a dimension of digital disruption.  Theses posts reflect my personal thinking about how digital technology will evolve the nature of competition and value [...]

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When Frugality Fails

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 20, 2012  |  5 Comments

For the past 10 years, cost has been the mantra facing CIOs and IT organizations.  Cost benefits are a factor in just about every major technology wave in the past 10 years.  Cloud, the current theme, is presented as a cost play so is sourcing, services, virtualization, open source — if I did not know [...]

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