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Can the CIO be the Chief Digital Officer? Yes if they make the role their own

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 12, 2013  |  3 Comments

The CIO is more qualified than most for the emerging position of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) as they have an intimate and operational understanding of how the enterprise and customers use technology.  CIO experience is a strength, but in an area that is off target for the way the popular media, among consultants and in […]


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Can the CIO be the Chief Digital Officer? Crafting the right role

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 10, 2013  |  9 Comments

YES, even H3LL Yes.  But just because you are the CIO does not mean that you are the Chief Digital Officer by default.  They are two different jobs with significant potential for synergy/overlap depending on how you think about it.  By the way the CDO role has significant potential overlap with a number of other […]


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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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Artist and businessperson – a model for the 21st century executives, leaders, managers and artists

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 4, 2013  |  1 Comment

The other day I watched “The History of the Eagles Part 1 & 2”  a documentary on the Eagles, you know the band that brought is Life in the Fast Lane, Hotel California, and the Long Run, among other hits.   The documentary featured the standard story arch of an epic journey of Don Henley, Glen […]

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Which are the best opportunities for CIOs to connect with their C Level colleagues

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 22, 2013  |  Comments Off

There are many ‘reasons’ why the C Level colleagues of the CIO should pay attention.  Frankly many of those arguments about the power of technology, its strategic importance, etc. fall flat in the eyes of fellow C Level executives who have a tough time understanding the connection between technology and changes in business performance. Ask […]

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The leadership traits CIOs see as significant for success. One of the ‘one’ questions you would ask of CIOs.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 6, 2013  |  4 Comments

As we developed the CIO survey over last summer, we asked you about the one question you would ask CIOs.  One of the questions you asked was about leadership skills or traits that drive their success. What are the top three leadership traits for CIOs of the future? CIOs responses were surprising more for what […]


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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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Enterprise architects, creationism and absolutism

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 19, 2012  |  15 Comments

This blog post is going to get me into  trouble, but I think that the issue is worth discussing, so I wince as I hit the publish button, but here goes. Recently I had the opportunity to listen to an Enterprise Architect describe enterprise architecture, its importance and role in an organization.  It was an […]


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What I learned from CIOs in Sao Paulo at Gartner Symposium

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

Earlier this week the Gartner Symposium series stopped in Sao Paulo Brasil and joined more than 1,000 CIOs and IT professionals to discuss business and technology issues.  Like earlier symposia, the focus was on how technology creates value in the enterprise.  This is what I learned from the discussions, questions and interactions at this year’s […]

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