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Is 2010 a replay of 2009?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 24, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

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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2010 CIO Leadership Forum and how CHOICE influences IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2010  |  2 Comments

Today is the first day of Gartner’s 2010 CIO Leadership forum in the U.S.  More than 250 CIOs have come together in Phoenix for this event.  The European event in London at the end of April already has more than 175 CIOs registered to attend.  Theme of this year is “Raising the bar for business [...]

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A silly IT budget trick

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

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 strategic transition from efficiency to productivity

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 8, 2010  |  6 Comments

The economic transition from recession to recovery is changing business expectations on the role of IT.  In the recession, IT was a major force in cutting enterprise and IT costs.  As the economy turns from recession to recovery, leaders are changing their view on IT as a source of enterprise productivity.  This opens the door [...]

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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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Without the Business in Business Intelligence, BI Is Dead!

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 11, 2010  |  16 Comments

It may seem like semantics, but CIO interest in business intelligence technology is changing.  After five years as the top CIO technology priority (2004 – 2009) CIOs responding to the 2010 Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey placed BI as fifth among their top 10 technologies. During a briefing for a group of High Tech analyst [...]

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Groundhog day predicting the weather, technology and economic outlook

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 2, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

Today is Groundhog Day and in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania USA the groundhog saw its shadow meaning six more weeks of winter.  At the same time CIOs responding to the 2010 Gartner CIO Survey indicate that 2010 will be another tough year for their enterprise and therefore for IT. When asked how they saw the coming year [...]

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The most important thing in your company is not a thing

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 1, 2010  |  4 Comments

It’s a person and your people. “People are our most important … (asset, resource, strategy, etc)” This is one of the more familiar phrase executives and managers will say, particularly in light of the past year when people, their ideas and their personal sacrifices contributed so much to company survival.  2009 was a year where [...]

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