Mark McDonald

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Who plays the Technology game?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 25, 2013  |  1 Comment

This is the last in a series of posts evaluating the differences between technology and IT.  While it is easy to list differences, this approach rarely reveals the dynamics behind those differences.  Applying an analogy to compare two things helps communicate those differences.  In this case we are using the analogy of a game and [...]

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What are the feedback systems that drive a Technology Game?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

The IT Game is a stalemate and the past few posts have sought to start up a conversation regarding the nature of a new Technology Game that should replace the IT Game we play today.   Using the defining characteristics of context, goal, rules, feedback and participation.  These are the prior posts related to the Technology [...]

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What are the rules for the “Technology Game?”

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 12, 2013  |  2 Comments

The prior post introduced the idea that the current IT game is a stalemate and that it is time to design a new game, a technology game.  That post suggests a different context and goal for a technology game, please follow this link to see that discussion. A game is further defined by its rules [...]

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The IT game is a stalemate, time to define a new Technology Game

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 8, 2013  |  6 Comments

CIOs and IT leaders are masters of  the IT game. Executives play the IT game so long as it was the only game in town and it suited their needs.  If you want to control IT cost, quality, services, enablement and control, then you are playing an IT game that worked for more than 30 [...]

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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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Recognizing the time to start IT’s epic journey

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 8, 2012  |  1 Comment

Note: a little while back I posted that IT needs an epic journey.  Rather than talk about that journey in dry abstract terms, I thought I would try to illustrate the challenges via a story.  There will be periodic installments as well as an invitation to add to it. John Delsey put down his morning [...]

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