Mark McDonald

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What I am learning from CIOs in Cannes.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 10, 2010  |  2 Comments

It is halfway through Gartner European Symposium and ITxPo and time for some intermediate reflections.  These are based on talking with CIOs both in 1:1 sessions as well as to groups of CIOs after presentations and during dinners, etc.  These views are my own and based on these interactions which represent a fraction of the […]


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Memorial Day – a time to remember the sacrifices of others and look ahead to the rest of the year.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 30, 2010  |  1 Comment

Memorial Day is a national holiday in the U.S when we set aside time to remember the sacrifices of the men and woman who have given their lives to their country.  Many other countries have similar days of remembrance and this post is in no way intended to say that those days are any less […]

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How IT can avoid being torn apart by growth

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 25, 2010  |  1 Comment

In the preceding post I made an argument that growth demands in the business will tear apart IT’s centralized and consolidated operations. CIOs will face demands for decentralization, greater federation or recognizing that its time to swing the pendulum back to the field as all symptoms of this tension.  It is a tension that they […]

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Test the strength of your culture – turn off the email

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 25, 2010  |  2 Comments

Recently between the power outages in the Northeast and other events, our company lost use of our email system on a Friday morning.  By lost I do not mean that we can’t find it.  I mean that our email system is dead.  It was interesting to see what turning email off does to a company’s […]


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Is 2010 a replay of 2009?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 24, 2010  |  Comments Off

I hope not, but this idea has recently gotten some attention in the IT media.  People are looking for some theme for this year.  They are trying to make sense of an economy that seems to be going in every direction at once. Saying that this year is a repeat of last year neither sets […]

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A silly IT budget trick

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2010  |  Comments Off

Note:  My apologies for the prior version of this post.  I wrote it too quickly and did not give it a good proof reading. I read an article the other day by Arthur Langer about how IT can survive the current economic recession.  I was struck by the following piece of advice: “Move more IT […]

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Perspective matters when considering IT investment budgets.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 16, 2010  |  2 Comments

Pundits use IT portfolio measures to justify observations regarding the health and future of IT.  The average quoted in some quarters is 71% to operations with the remaining 29% allocated to investment.  Pundits claim that a ration of slightly more than 2:1 restricts IT form achieving its full role in the enterprise.  IT needs more […]


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Leading in Times of Transition

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

We are nearing the end of the first quarter of calendar 2010 and a few things are becoming apparent.  2010 is a year of transition as the global economy begins to recover, strategies turn to a focus on growth and new technologies work their way into the market place. It is a year of transition […]

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2010 economic transition from recession to recovery

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 4, 2010  |  2 Comments

2010 and perhaps 2011 will be extraordinary years – they will be years of transition.  A transition year is unique because it represents a time of adjustment and uncertainty as common forces have different impacts on individual enterprises, geographies and company strategies.  There are no clear or universal ‘must dos’ in a year of transition, […]


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The business decisions that drive IT cost structure

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 16, 2010  |  2 Comments

What do you think about when you think about the drivers of IT cost?  IT headcount, managed service contracts, the number of servers, the amount of software maintenance, the number of PCs and the like come to mind.  These are all items within the IT budget, but are they the forces that drive these costs? […]


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