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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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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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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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Is your CFO qualified to oversee IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 19, 2012  |  6 Comments

There is a renewed discussion of the CIO reporting relationships.  It is a discussion that is sure to generate debate as who you report to is important both personally and professionally.  The perceived increase in CIOs reporting to CFO’s is a topic that goes through this cycle much like call of Paul Revere in the […]


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What is the difference between a good CIO and a great CIO?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 22, 2011  |  1 Comment

This is a question that CIOs ask either formally in search of a performance yardstick or informally as they ponder their own career and success. I have written a few posts in the past about this issue and the other day I came across a quote that provides another dimension worth thinking about. “I knew […]

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Re-Imagine IT, Lead from the Front: a preview on the CIO experience at Orlando Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 15, 2011  |  Comments Off

It is time to re-imagine IT and lead from the front.  As the world continues to change, IT must find new answers to new questions concerning growth, cost efficiencies, innovation and productivity.  This post is a brief synopsis of the CIO experience at this year’s Symposium in Orlando. The theme of this year’s Gartner Symposium […]

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Reimagine IT: the 2011 CIO Agenda

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 21, 2011  |  5 Comments

Its time to reimagine IT as business and technical changes require CIOs to answer new questions rather than just find new answers to old questions. That is what Dave Aron and myself found as we completed a worldwide CIO survey from September to December 2010. The survey includes responses from 2,014 CIOs representing more than […]


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Committing to the resolutions CIOs should make in 2011.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 7, 2011  |  1 Comment

2011 Resolutions that CIOs may make but too often will break as everyone is overcome by events and day to day challenges.  In most years, this situation is regrettable but causes little harm.  When things change incrementally, there is little harm in carrying last year’s habits into the next year. However, according to CIOs, the […]

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A few things CIOs need to find under their tree

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 22, 2010  |  6 Comments

This Holiday season is a time to think about what CIOs want and need in 2011.  Here are a few thoughts: Cloud service providers with the courage and the confidence to provide a standard easy to use way to allow CIOs to take their data and applications and leave.  CIOs are savvy enough to know […]


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