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2013 is the first day of the rest of the year, and the last time to account for the past.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 7, 2013  |  1 Comment

Today is the first full working day of the first full working week of 2013.  It’s a time when ‘everything old is new again’. New in the context that it’s a new year, new budget, new beginning.  I believe that an organization’s ability to renew itself, give it a fresh start and move forward is [...]

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Forget about resolutions and figure out your resolve

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 2, 2013  |  1 Comment

New Year’s resolutions come and mostly go by the wayside in large part because they are weak commitments to things we already know that we are not going to do. Sure you can pass up desert on January 3rd but what about on February 2nd is the same commitment there? Rather than make promises that [...]

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The last question for the last day of 2013

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 31, 2012  |  Comments Off

This December the blog has asked a number of questions about the future of IT.  The approach seeks to avoid didactic statements about the future of IT – answers without questions.  To date the three questions have generated good discussion and its time for the final question: Where do we, as technology professionals, need to [...]

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What are the issues that need to be addressed in creating IT’s future?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 21, 2012  |  2 Comments

This is the third question in the December Friday question series.  The two prior questions looked at  “Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving?” on December 7th and “What are the reasons we need IT in the future?” on December 14th.   So far there is some great discussion and comments so [...]

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What are the reasons we need IT in the future?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 14, 2012  |  3 Comments

Today is the second friday in December and time for another question in the discussion series about asking the right questions about IT. Last week’s question “Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving?”  yielded some interesting points.  This week the question is: What are the reasons we need IT in the future? Notice [...]

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Are we asking the right questions concerning the future of IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 5, 2012  |  14 Comments

Everywhere I look, including on this blog,  people are telling each other what they need to do to be successful.  “Use this process,” “create this type of strategy,” “apply this tool,” etc., the constant drum roll of recommendations can leave you numb and confused.  Numb to the extent that the sheer volume of advice pummels [...]

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Is the IT organization, as we know it, worth saving?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 4, 2012  |  3 Comments

A prior post introduced the idea that we need to ask the right questions about IT before we can consider how to lead and change IT.  This is the first in a series of questions posted each Friday in December.  Here is the list of questions: December 7th: Is the IT organization, as we currently [...]

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