Mark McDonald

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An atlas for digital opportunity

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 6, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

An atlas is a collection of maps, graphical representations of the world that allow others to find their way in the new world.  We all face a new world of digital technology filled with uncharted territory.  Having an atlas of digital solutions would be helpful.  That would be nearly impossible given the endless and evolving [...]

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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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A tool for assessing technology’s amplification of your strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 8, 2012  |  4 Comments

Amplifying the enterprise is the theme for this year’s CIO agenda reflecting the expanding role of technology in the enterprise and its role in raising the power of enterprise strategies and performance.  The notion of technology as an enterprise amplifier goes beyond traditional notions of IT and the administration/automation of back office processes.  Technologies such [...]

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The sources of distortion

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 12, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Amplifying the enterprise involves turning up the value of technology in the enterprise.  Eliminating distortion is one of the ways that technology amplifies the enterprise. Distortion refers to the internal complexities; costs, duplication and redundancies that make it harder to get work done. Think about the things that get in the way, make it difficult [...]

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Best Practices are Stupid — a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 4, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

Best Practices are Stupid 40 Ways to Out Innovate the Competition is the subject of one of Steve Shapiro’s innovation tips and the title for this book.  Rather than ridicule current approaches to innovation, Shapiro takes a comprehensive and compelling look at the next set of things companies need to do to innovate. Shapiro points [...]

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Me vs. We – the mouse in your pocket

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 29, 2011  |  2 Comments

Perspective, where you stand, determines much of your perception, how you see the world.  Asking yourself the question, is it me or is it we, when taking information on board, considering alternatives, making decisions, evaluating an implementation keeps you and your team grounded. Perspective and perception change constantly in modern business.  Competitors become collaborators, enemies [...]

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The bare personal technology essentials

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 27, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

What is the minimum set of technologies an individual needs to enhance their personal performance? It’s difficult to answer this question in the context of a modern organization endowed with a portfolio of applications, information and infrastructure.  Much of that technology exists to make the company and it’s processes more effective.  Even so called personal [...]

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15 minutes including Q&A: a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 15, 2011  |  1 Comment

We all have to give presentations; most of which are part of our day to day responsibilities.  A sales presentation, status report, talking with your team, making an internal proposal all represent presentations that we have to make that have an impact on our lives and caresses. Joey Asher’s book “15 minutes including Q&A” provides [...]

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Business Investments vs. Business cases: start one and stop the other

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 13, 2011  |  2 Comments

It is time to replace the traditional IT business case with a Business Investment Plans.   Why?  For the simple reason that they do not work, at least they do not work from the perspective of helping an organization realize benefits from IT investments and projects.  Part of re-imagining IT is taking a hard look at [...]

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Intent and Information extend IT’s solution and innovation envelope

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 16, 2011  |  2 Comments

How do you identify new opportunities for IT to create value?  It’s a complex question, in part because IT can create value in many ways and often ways it is not trained to see.  The result is that IT often identifies new solutions in terms of the solutions they already know – or by making [...]

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