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How strong is the business/IT relationship in your industry?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 25, 2013  |  1 Comment

How strong is the business/IT relationship in your industry?  How easy to business with technology is for you and your peers?  It’s a good question and one that we explored in the 2013 Gartner Executive Programs CIO Survey.  More than 2,000 organizations responded to the survey providing a basis for calculating an index to measure [...]

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What I learned at Gartner’s CIO Leadership Forum in Huntington Beach California.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2013  |  Comments Off

Last week the CIO Leadership Forum landed in London at Heathrow Terminal 5 where more than 250 CIOs shared their experiences, ideas and concerns.  This week Huntington Beach California, outside Los Angeles hosted the North American event where more than 350 CIOs gathered to discuss the theme of “Digital Enterprise and Beyond.”    Part of the [...]

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“Steering your car via the gas tank”, when cost trumps strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 18, 2013  |  2 Comments

We have been living with cost control strategies for so long that it is easy to lose sight that there are other strategies beyond doing ‘more with less.’  Recently I have been in a number of meetings with executive team’s where despite their best intentions, they are leading their company via cost rather than strategy, [...]

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What I learned from this week’s CIO Leadership Forum in London

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 15, 2013  |  4 Comments

Earlier this week almost 300 CIOs from across Europe flew into London’s Terminal 5 to participate in the 2013 Leadership Forum.  “Digital Enterprise and Beyond”is the them of the event reflecting the inflection point facing CIOs as traditional IT issues give way to emerging Technology challenges and opportunities. During the event we conducted a number [...]

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What I learned from Gartner’s First Symposium in the Middle East – Dubai 2013

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 11, 2013  |  2 Comments

Last  week more than 450 CIOs and IT executives met for Gartner’s first ever Symposium in the Middle East.  The three-day event concentrated on the digital imperatives of Focus, Connect and Lead.  Digital technology, Gartner’s Nexus of Forces, gives each of these imperatives a new and exciting context. Based on the presentations, questions, discussions and [...]

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CIOs know a lot about sequestration

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 1, 2013  |  1 Comment

Today starts sequestration; the term for the ‘draconian’ budget cuts in the U.S.  The 6% across the board cuts to social programs and 8% cut for defense programs has been the subject of discussion, hyperbole, blame storming on all sides.  CIOs are familiar with the idea of having to manage in an environment of broad [...]

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Is IT isolated in your organization? Here are ten telltale signs in your IT strategy.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 25, 2013  |  5 Comments

It is time for the annual IT kickoff and presentation of the 2013 IT strategy. The kickoff meeting offers a unique opportunity to assess IT, its role in the enterprise, its goals for the coming year, etc.  These sessions provide insight into how isolated IT is from the rest of the enterprise.  Here are ten [...]

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Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World: the 2013 CIO Agenda

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 16, 2013  |  13 Comments

This morning I had the honor of appearing on CNBC to announce the results of the 2013 Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey and CIO agenda report.  Follow this link to the video and this link to the press announcement. The title of this year’s report revolves around extending technology’s role in the enterprise to include [...]

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The Technology Model is changing from Computing to Consumption

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 11, 2013  |  1 Comment

Computing power has been the measure and the model for how we think about technology.  The model was that greater the MIPS, Feeds, Speeds, Capacity etc. the more powerful the technology.  With CES going on right now, its interesting to see that the buzz is not about technology as computing power so much as it [...]

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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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