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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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Gartner Middle East Symposium – welcome to the inaugural session

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 5, 2013  |  Comments Off

This week Gartner hosts its first Symposium in the Middle East and for those attending the event, my personal welcome.  A Symposium represents an opportunity for a group of peers to gather and cover a wide range of complex issues.  Information Technology professionals certainly face a range of complex issues as they look to hunt [...]

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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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Welcome to the 2012 Gartner Symposium ITXPO: Orlando

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 21, 2012  |  3 Comments

It’s October.  It’s Orlando.  It must be time for Gartner Symposium.  This year’s event represents a pivotal time for CIOs and IT particularly as the world makes the transition between a focus on IT and a broader focus on Technology.   The Nexus of forces (Cloud, Mobile, Social and Information) is a focus of the event, [...]

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Make your voice heard – an invitation to the 2013 CIO survey.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 4, 2012  |  3 Comments

In a world of accelerating technology innovation, rising customer expectations, and heightened economic consideration, the need to know where you stand has never been greater.   Your priorities matter and your plans shape the future of technology and the enterprise. Individually we each face specific challenges and issues.  Together we shape requirements for the future.  Last [...]

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Recognizing the Renaissance CIO

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 17, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last Friday I had the honor of speaking at the Fisher Center for the Management of Information Technology at the Haas School of Business located at UC – Berkley.  The event awarded the first Fisher – Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership.  It was a great event and marked a watershed in the [...]

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Lightening the depths of shadow IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2012  |  11 Comments

Shadow IT is IT activity that occurs outside of IT.  Shadow IT is growing in many organizations driven by consumerized technology, mobility, the availability of cloud solutions and quite frankly relatively slow cycle times within captive IT organizations. How do you control or eliminate shadow IT is a frequent question raised by CIOs and IT [...]

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When Frugality Fails

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 20, 2012  |  5 Comments

For the past 10 years, cost has been the mantra facing CIOs and IT organizations.  Cost benefits are a factor in just about every major technology wave in the past 10 years.  Cloud, the current theme, is presented as a cost play so is sourcing, services, virtualization, open source — if I did not know [...]

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Amplifying the enterprise: the 2012 CIO Agenda

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 18, 2012  |  9 Comments

Last year, CIOs responding to the Gartner Executive Programs CIO Agenda indicated that it was time to re-imagine IT.   Re-imagining IT meant recognizing that business priorities and technologies had changed enough for IT to rethink its role in the enterprise and its value proposition.  For some this meant adopting cloud technologies to reallocate resources from [...]

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