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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We need a good business reason for investing in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 30, 2013  |  4 Comments

For years CIOs and researchers have highlighted the imperative for IT become a larger part of the business.  The advice offered is for CIOs to be more strategic, business focuses, business relevant and the like have consumed tons of paper, millions of pixels and pounds of toner. Over the last 10 years the issue of [...]

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The Technology Model is changing from Computing to Consumption

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 11, 2013  |  1 Comment

Computing power has been the measure and the model for how we think about technology.  The model was that greater the MIPS, Feeds, Speeds, Capacity etc. the more powerful the technology.  With CES going on right now, its interesting to see that the buzz is not about technology as computing power so much as it [...]

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Digital Makes 2012 and 2013 important years for Technology

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 27, 2012  |  3 Comments

2012 has been one of extremes from a continued deepening of the global financial crisis, to the U.S. National Elections; to the rapid take-up of digital technology this year has been one of transition.  “The more things change the more things seem to stay the same,” to paraphrase Yogi Berra.  From and IT perspective, the [...]

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IT needs to create POP Tech by being more like POP art.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 3, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

The Grand Pacific Le Daiba is hosting this year’s Gartner Symposium and ITXpo.  It’s a great hotel and location.  The hotel is also featuring the art of Mr. Brainwash.  That is the moniker of Los Angeles-based filmmaker and POP artist Thierry Guetta.  Thierry is also the subject of a rather interesting documentary “Exit Through the [...]

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IT needs an epic journey, especially now!

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 28, 2012  |  4 Comments

An epic journey is a one where the hero performs amazing deeds and adventures.   The hero often starts this journey reluctantly facing challenges leading them away from the world they know and requiring them to leave home, hearth and family.    Facing trials and temptations the hero earns a great prize and all looks well.  Then [...]

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Tii or T2i or Ti(squared)

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

Technology, innovation and information (Tii) how about that for the name of a re-imagined IT organization?  It’s a response to the question what should IT be called in the future?  I offer this one as a concept that brings together a deeper response to the future of the resources, responsibilities and contribution of the construct that [...]

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