Mark McDonald

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So long and thanks for all the fish

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 16, 2013  |  5 Comments

This all started back in January 2009 and 718 posts latter with more than 3,700 comments it is time to conclude this blog.   During the past four years, the blog has sought to present and share ideas about technology in the enterprise, the role of the CIO and the changing nature of IT leadership.   During […]


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The difference between HYPE and reality

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

How can you tell the difference between hype and reality?  This was the question the President of a Business Unit asked me in front of the corporation’s entire leadership team.  Answering this question was a matter of professional and credibility risk.  After all Gartner knows a lot about hype.  Gartner has been known to foment […]

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Blaming sales or has sales technology outpaced sales management?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 22, 2013  |  2 Comments

There is much to talk about in last week’s news of the Free Fall in PC sales, IBM’s results and potential sale of its server business.  Coupled with prior misses at Oracle, Dell’s dilemma and HP, it is easy to describe these events as evidence of a fundamental and tectonic shift in technology. (Link to […]


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What are you going to do with those ducks? by Seth Godin, a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 19, 2013  |  Comments Off

The intentional use of older, often obsolete cultural artifacts may be regarded as anachronistic according to Wikipedia.  What are you going to do with those ducks? By Seth Godin is just that.  A more than three-inch thick compendium of Godin’s blog posts seems like a duck out of water in a digital world.  But it […]

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The Duality of Technology – or why business and technology leaders look at the same thing and see it so differently

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 17, 2013  |  1 Comment

The relationship between business and technology is complex and confusing for both executives and their IT peers.  I believe that much of the reason behind this has to do with the very nature of technology and how business makes sense of that nature. Beware this is more of a thought piece than a set of […]

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Why does diversity become division and division become destruction?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 16, 2013  |  2 Comments

That was the thought running through my head this morning. The more I look around, the more I see what was a diversity of opinion, ideas, backgrounds, ethnicities, religion etc. become division and destruction. Diversity has become division in so many areas, social, lifestyle, politics based on class warfare, geo political conflicts, religions wars, economic […]


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Which President would make the best CIO?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 18, 2013  |  Comments Off

It is President’s Day in the U.S. a public holiday recognizing the 44 leaders of the United States.  Who is the greatest President?  How do the President’s stack up?  How do they rank against each other?   Responding to these questions is the work of academics and political pundits.  I asked this question back in 2009 […]

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A few thoughts on Dr. King and the future of the organization

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 21, 2013  |  Comments Off

In the United States we have a public holiday to honor the life, lessons and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, perhaps the most significant leader in the U.S. Civil Rights movement. I was a child when Dr. King and others were leading the movement toward greater equality and we are the beneficiary of his […]

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What are you thankful for?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 21, 2012  |  Comments Off

Thanksgiving is upon us.  It is a uniquely American holiday, in the sense that it remains somewhat exclusive to the U.S.. Other cultures and countries have similar holidays and festivals that are not practiced in the U.S. but the nature of Thanksgiving is part of the nature and culture of being an American. 2012 has […]

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Enterprise architects, creationism and absolutism

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 19, 2012  |  15 Comments

This blog post is going to get me into  trouble, but I think that the issue is worth discussing, so I wince as I hit the publish button, but here goes. Recently I had the opportunity to listen to an Enterprise Architect describe enterprise architecture, its importance and role in an organization.  It was an […]


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