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2011 – reflections and thoughts

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

I am sitting here between the holidays trying to put 2011 in perspective and think of the coming year.  Frankly I am having a tough time thinking what 2011 was really all about and what that means for the future. I am having trouble drawing these into a single theme so rather than get writers […]

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Mid year check up on the commitments you should make for 2011

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 1, 2011  |  Comments Off

It’s the logical midpoint of 2011 – at least from a business cycle.  It’s a good time to check the progress on the resolutions and plans.  While plans and priorities can change, the 2011 CIO Resolutions originally posted at the start of the year provide a basis for judging your success so far. A note, […]

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What is the difference between remaking and re-imagining IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 11, 2011  |  6 Comments

CIOs see the need for change but it’s often difficult to describe the type of change required.  Without a clear description of the particular type of change, we too often fall back to defining change at the extremes. At the high end there is enterprise transformation where a firm tries to get itself off a […]


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Reflections on the 2011 European CIO Leadership Forum

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 8, 2011  |  1 Comment

This week in London marked the end of this year’s CIO Leadership Forum series.  What began in February in Dubai continued in March in Phoenix has come to a close.  The theme of this year’s forum has been Creative Destruction and Re-imagine IT.   A theme that resonated with CIOs here in London as almost 300 […]

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Welcome to the 2011 European CIO Leadership Forum

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 5, 2011  |  1 Comment

This year more than 300 CIOs are coming together outside London to discussion what it means to Re-imagine IT in a European context. A few weeks ago, CIOs in the Americas came together to work on these issues. Please follow this link to see the impressions from that event. The IT industry is perhaps the […]

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It’s time to start talking about the ‘middle office’

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 30, 2011  |  8 Comments

Many people think of a business as consisting of a front office, which markets, sells and serves customers and a back office that fulfills demand and handles operations.  The dichotomy of front vs. back is the basis how we think of everything from compensation structures and rewards (front office) to information systems (back office) and […]


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Disrupt – Think the Unthinkable: a Book Review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 25, 2011  |  2 Comments

Disruption is an essential part of your global economy and in fact a theme for this year’s CIO Leadership Forums in Phoenix and London.  So the topic is on the mind of many executives and managers. There are many books that say you need to ‘disrupt’ your business to remain competitive.  There are almost no […]


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My reflections on Gartner’s 2011 CIO leadership forum in Phoenix

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 23, 2011  |  Comments Off

Creative destruction was the theme of this year’s CIO leadership forum reflecting the essence of the challenge facing CIOs around the world. The event represented a significant opportunity for more than 350 CIOs to work together on their challenges and the requirements for leading in a future that demands: growth and continued cost containment, innovation without additional […]

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The big when for IT is now

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2011  |  3 Comments

For the first time in nearly 10 years IT has the ability to use technology change to reposition itself and its role in the enterprise.  The existence of light weight technologies such as social media, cloud, etc. give IT the potential to slip the bonds that have been holding it back and keeping it in […]


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Re-imagining IT’s strategic relevance by applying creative destruction

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

IT’s strategic relevance is always the subject of great debate. It is interlinked with issues of business alignment, the strength of the business relationship and the value of IT. It is an area ready for re-imagination in order to reduce strategic inflammation. CIOs responding to the Gartner 2011 CIO Survey indicated that they felt their […]

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