Mark McDonald

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A New Federalism for Technology – a model made for a world demanding global growth and control

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 25, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

Strategy connects with structure and structure influences strategy.  The relationship between the two drives organizations to re-align, re-distribute and re-organize, all except for IT.  According to the 2013 Gartner CIO Survey, only 30% of CIOs believe that changing business priorities and strategies requires changing the IT organization.  In other words, 70% of CIOs believe that [...]

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McKinsey Report Highlights Failure of Large Projects: why it is better to be small, particularly in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 29, 2012  |  40 Comments

A recent set of studies published by McKinsey Quarterly provides further evidence that the bigger they are the harder they fall.  Given that the McKinsey Quarterly’s audience is predominantly business executives rather than IT professionals, it’s important that CIOs are aware of the findings and have a reasonable response. Large projects not only fail more [...]

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Welcome to the 2012 Gartner Symposium ITXPO: Orlando

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 21, 2012  |  3 Comments

It’s October.  It’s Orlando.  It must be time for Gartner Symposium.  This year’s event represents a pivotal time for CIOs and IT particularly as the world makes the transition between a focus on IT and a broader focus on Technology.   The Nexus of forces (Cloud, Mobile, Social and Information) is a focus of the event, [...]

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It is time to think small when thinking of IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 13, 2012  |  5 Comments

Please enjoy this prior post on the nature of the IT organization.  IT trends and transformations over the past decade have been driven by a common theme: reducing cost.  CIO-led initiatives for outsourcing, consolidation, shared services, applying lean manufacturing principles, have all revolved around the need to take costs out of IT. All of this [...]

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Re-Imagining IT: the 2011 Gartner Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 17, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

The importance of information and technology is increasing, but that does not mean that the role of IT is increasing. Many CIOs look to get to the proverbial ‘next level’ and escape the ‘box’ that defines IT as ‘enabling, as a cost center, as a service, as something apart from the business’.   It is time [...]

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Thinking Small about your IT organization: Mosaic vs. Monolith

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 7, 2011  |  1 Comment

The IT organization structure is more than boxes in an organization chart.  The IT organization and the decisions it contains have a significant influence on IT performance, capability and process.  How you are organized also represents the way you think about IT. Leaders are thinking about their organizations in new ways, replacing monolithic IT structures [...]

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Thinking Small means ‘dating’ the business

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 21, 2011  |  2 Comments

This post is the companion to others that describe what ‘Thinking small’ about IT means.  This post concentrates on a different way of thinking about how IT builds relationships within the enterprise, customers, suppliers etc.   It describes how leaders are evolving the ideas behind building relationships from ones based on specialist skills or restrictive processes [...]

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Thinking Small — Thinking value

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 16, 2011  |  4 Comments

This post is the companion and conclusion to the issue of Thinking Small about IT cost and value.  In that post we discussed how thinking about IT as BIG, complex and important creates an environment where the only way to control IT is to control its costs.  Thinking small about IT opens the door to [...]

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Thinking Small — Creating value rather than controlling costs

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 14, 2011  |  2 Comments

Leading CIOs have been re-imaging IT in the face of changing business priorities, technology innovation and resource realities.  This is leading some to adopt a new way of thinking about IT — thinking small. Thinking small touches just about every aspect of IT from its foundational assumptions, to how it operates, to how you judge [...]

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It is time for IT to ‘THINK small.’

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 12, 2011  |  5 Comments

IT trends and transformations over the past decade have been driven by a common theme: reducing cost.  CIO-led initiatives for outsourcing, consolidation, shared services, applying lean manufacturing principles, have all revolved around the need to take costs out of IT. All of this cost cutting must have worked to one degree or another as IT [...]

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