Mark McDonald

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Executives need digitally different thinking

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 14, 2013  |  Comments Off

Digital technology is on the mind of every executive from Sales and Marketing to IT and Operations.    Executives concentrate many of these thoughts center around issues of responsibility, authority and budget rather than looking at what is possible, profitable and the other potentials of digital technology.  It is a narrow mindset driven by the language [...]

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

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 29, 2013  |  Comments Off

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  |  Comments Off

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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Chief Digital Officer – who should they report to?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2013  |  1 Comment

Prior posts have discussed the need for a Chief Digital Officer as well as the different types of Digital Officers.  This post concentrates on the range of possible reporting relationships for the Chief Digital Officer.  This is a complex and important question that requires thinking through the implications rather than building on a blanket assumption.  [...]

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What I learned at Gartner’s CIO Leadership Forum in Huntington Beach California.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2013  |  Comments Off

Last week the CIO Leadership Forum landed in London at Heathrow Terminal 5 where more than 250 CIOs shared their experiences, ideas and concerns.  This week Huntington Beach California, outside Los Angeles hosted the North American event where more than 350 CIOs gathered to discuss the theme of “Digital Enterprise and Beyond.”    Part of the [...]

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Chief Digital Officer, What type does your organization need?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 12, 2013  |  9 Comments

Everyone is talking about the need for a chief digital officer (CDO).  The CDO role has come into fashion as a demonstrable sign that your organization is serious about digital technology.  The topic of what is the chief digital officer their role and responsibilities is full of energy and attention.  It is rare to create [...]

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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  |  Comments Off

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

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 22, 2013  |  Comments Off

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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We need a good business reason for investing in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 30, 2013  |  3 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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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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