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A late spring and instant summer, the CIO and Digital Technology

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 29, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

I have just come back from a week travelling around Europe and everywhere the story was the same – spring is running a month to a month and a half behind schedule.  The temperatures in late April are below normal, the leaves are behind schedule and the first flowers of spring are just appearing.  It’s [...]

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Playing to Win by AG Lafley — a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 15, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

Playing to Win is highly recommended as perhaps the first and one of the few books you should ever read about business strategy.  Penned by the former CEO of P&G (AG Lafley) and the Dean of the Rothman Business School (Roger Martin) this book takes the esoteric and jargon based world of strategy and drives [...]

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What I learned from Gartner’s First Symposium in the Middle East – Dubai 2013

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 11, 2013  |  2 Comments

Last  week more than 450 CIOs and IT executives met for Gartner’s first ever Symposium in the Middle East.  The three-day event concentrated on the digital imperatives of Focus, Connect and Lead.  Digital technology, Gartner’s Nexus of Forces, gives each of these imperatives a new and exciting context. Based on the presentations, questions, discussions and [...]

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Which are the best opportunities for CIOs to connect with their C Level colleagues

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 22, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

There are many ‘reasons’ why the C Level colleagues of the CIO should pay attention.  Frankly many of those arguments about the power of technology, its strategic importance, etc. fall flat in the eyes of fellow C Level executives who have a tough time understanding the connection between technology and changes in business performance. Ask [...]

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Is IT isolated in your organization? Here are ten telltale signs in your IT strategy.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 25, 2013  |  5 Comments

It is time for the annual IT kickoff and presentation of the 2013 IT strategy. The kickoff meeting offers a unique opportunity to assess IT, its role in the enterprise, its goals for the coming year, etc.  These sessions provide insight into how isolated IT is from the rest of the enterprise.  Here are ten [...]

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Digital strategy or digital tragedy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 23, 2013  |  10 Comments

As more and more attention turns to digital technology (mobile, big data, social, cloud) the greater the temptation to invest in a ‘digital’ strategy.  The idea sounds clear, simple and intuitive.  Digital technology is complex both in terms of the technology itself and the relationships between the business and technology.    That complexity and the relative [...]

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Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World: the 2013 CIO Agenda

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 16, 2013  |  13 Comments

This morning I had the honor of appearing on CNBC to announce the results of the 2013 Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey and CIO agenda report.  Follow this link to the video and this link to the press announcement. The title of this year’s report revolves around extending technology’s role in the enterprise to include [...]

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7 years of lean, IT’s time in the innovation desert is over

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 7, 2012  |  5 Comments

In the Bible Joseph’s interpretation of Pharoh’s dream predicted that Egypt would see seven years of fat, good harvests and plentiful food followed by 7 years of lean times, poor harvests and starvation.  The prediction encouraged Pharaoh to save in good times to compensate for bad times. The exact opposite has happened to IT. IT [...]

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What I learned from CIOs in Sao Paulo at Gartner Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 2, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Earlier this week the Gartner Symposium series stopped in Sao Paulo Brasil and joined more than 1,000 CIOs and IT professionals to discuss business and technology issues.  Like earlier symposia, the focus was on how technology creates value in the enterprise.  This is what I learned from the discussions, questions and interactions at this year’s [...]

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Effective alignment requires more than process and plans, it demands productivity and throughout.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 31, 2012  |  3 Comments

Business and IT alignment is a perennial issues facing executives.  It is one of reasons for misunderstandings, inefficiencies and frankly recriminations between technologists and business professionals.  Improving Business and IT Alignment is a constant part of CIO strategic priorities as shown by the CIO survey results.  Follow the link to participate in the 2013 CIO [...]

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