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7 years of lean, IT’s time in the innovation desert is over

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 7, 2012  |  5 Comments

In the Bible Joseph’s interpretation of Pharoh’s dream predicted that Egypt would see seven years of fat, good harvests and plentiful food followed by 7 years of lean times, poor harvests and starvation.  The prediction encouraged Pharaoh to save in good times to compensate for bad times. The exact opposite has happened to IT. IT [...]

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Welcome to the first day of the rest of 2012

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 4, 2012  |  Comments Off

It’s the day after Labor Day in the U.S. and the semi-official end of summer.  Financially it is the last month of the third quarter.  It is also the first month when all the tourists have gone home from Europe.  As we settle down and come back from summer vacation it’s a good time to [...]

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Living in Appland

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 7, 2012  |  1 Comment

Appland exists where the availability of technology solutions exceeds your organizations business capability.   Technology becomes greater than IT in Appland as commercially accessible technologies create new innovation and advantage opportunities for organizations.  The expanding scope of Appland is fueling a new generation of technology savvy business executives who expect more than just IT. The relationship [...]

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Living in Gapland

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 2, 2012  |  Comments Off

The relationship between IT functionality and business capability sets the context for technology in a business.  The prior post “Technology, IT and business in the lands of Apps, Gaps and equilibrium”  introduced  a way of looking at that that relationship. This post concentrates on the assumptions and fundamentals associated with IT living in the land [...]

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Technology, IT and Business in the lands of Apps, Gaps and Equilibrium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 30, 2012  |  4 Comments

Take a step back and consider the fundamental assumptions behind IT and it become easy to see IT’s current challenges and future failures.  One of those assumptions is the relationship between IT functionality and business capability.  Understanding the context behind that relationship and its implications is crucial to leading IT in the future. The figure [...]

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CIOs express their interests at the 2012 CIO Leadership Forum in Phoenix

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 26, 2012  |  Comments Off

After an inspirational story of leadership and building high performing organizations by Pete Goss, the CIO leadership forum kicked off with opening sessions that concentrated on the theme of Amplifying the Enterprise. During the sessions, the audience of more than 300 CIOs provided their initial thoughts on the role of IT, their priorities and key [...]

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Amplifying with Technology: first day thoughts and survey results from Gartner’s 2012 CIO Leadership Forum – London

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 6, 2012  |  6 Comments

Today is the main kick off of Gartner’s 2012 CIO Leadership Forum in London.  More than 270 CIOs and IT leaders have come together to work on the issues facing their organizations and IT.    The themes of this year’s event include: Creating compelling value for customers and citizens, driving growth Raising productivity and eliminating cost [...]

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Welcome to the 2012 CIO Leadership Forum: Europe in London

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 5, 2012  |  5 Comments

Tomorrow represents the official start of the 2012 CIO Leadership Forum in London.  More than 200 CIOs from across Europe are converging on the Sofitel at T5 in Heathrow for two days of working sessions.  Given the issues and challenges facing us all and particularly in Europe, it is shaping up to be a very [...]

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Find your human middleware

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 2, 2012  |  11 Comments

Where is your human middleware?  Every organization has it, but few people see it for what it is – a sign of distortion.  I first heard the term ‘human middleware’ when I was talking with a group of CIOs and a CIO from an insurance company commented that there organization did not really transform until [...]

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A tool for assessing technology’s amplification of your strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 8, 2012  |  4 Comments

Amplifying the enterprise is the theme for this year’s CIO agenda reflecting the expanding role of technology in the enterprise and its role in raising the power of enterprise strategies and performance.  The notion of technology as an enterprise amplifier goes beyond traditional notions of IT and the administration/automation of back office processes.  Technologies such [...]

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