Mark McDonald

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Gartner builds on consumerization strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

London, UK, April 1st, 2013 – Unilever (UNA) maker of the Nexxus line of hair care products announced its agreement with Gartner (IT) to sell the Connecticut based company its Nexxus product line in an all-stock deal.  Industry analysts are confused but interested in the possibilities.  “It seems like a natural extension of the consumerization [...]

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The Olympics and IT transformation projects

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 10, 2012  |  2 Comments

A cycle of investment, training and hard work completes every four years as the world comes together at the Olympic games.  It is just about the same amount of time that it takes the average large scale IT project to go from start to finish.  The two have a lot in common, more than you [...]

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First Impressions of the Third Generation iPad

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 16, 2012  |  4 Comments

This morning the UPS driver delivered the latest iPad to my house and a few things are immediately obvious. The third generation iPad continues to build on its role as a media syringe. The retina display is truly stunning.  You notice how bright the screen is out of the box and the sharpness of the [...]

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What is on your CIO’s holiday wish list?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 19, 2011  |  Comments Off

It’s that time of year; when it is better to give than receive.  But what do you get a CIO this year?  What is on your CIO’s wish list? With six shopping days left until Christmas here are six things I can think of talking with CIOs over the past few months. These are things [...]

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25 thoughts to get you through almost any crisis

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 12, 2011  |  2 Comments

I am sure that we are all a little fatigued with what has been happening this week. Here is one of those light hearted ‘lists’ that used to physically go around the office but I guess now virtually go through the blog-o-shepre. I do not claim authorship just a distributor in this case. Enjoy and [...]

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Gartner announces a new magic quadrant

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 1, 2011  |  24 Comments

April 1, 2011, Stamford CT. Today Gartner, a research and advisory company also known for being a small Midwestern publishing company announced publication of a new magic quadrant.  “We are pleased to be able to announce, with this magic quadrant, that Gartner is bringing its cutting edge and deep market analysis to new areas,” announced [...]

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Why IT is like a cheeseburger and how the analogy can help your 2011 planning.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 19, 2010  |  Comments Off

Ther e are a lot of different ways to think about IT. After all IT is complex, with multiple moving parts, different perspectives and challenges. This makes sharing what IT is all about quite difficult. Analogies help not only because they enable people to apply their judgement but also to talk about something complex is [...]

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U.S. Government to take over domestic high tech industry

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 1, 2010  |  Comments Off

====================================================== April 1st – Washington D.C. Unnamed sources in the Administration confirmed that the U.S. Government is preparing a full-scale take-over of the nation’s high tech industry.  “We know they did not receive bail-out money, but after autos, financial services, healthcare and student loans we asked what would be next?” U.S. Government officials, including Aneesh [...]

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What if they were CIOs instead of Presidents?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 15, 2010  |  1 Comment

The President of the U.S. has one of the toughest jobs in the world.  They face complex issues, have to rally multiple constituencies and make decisions that change the course of history.  The President is the Chief Executive of the U.S. government holding the titles of head of state and head of government. History judges [...]

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Taking a time out for a good reason

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 3, 2009  |  Comments Off

I am taking a few days off from the Blog in order to complete the analysis of the 2010 CIO Survey.  The 2010 CIO agenda report will be released in early January, but that requires buckling down on some tasks right now. It will just be for a day or two, and I look forward [...]

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