Mark McDonald

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What are the requirements CIOs expect from a Tier 1 service provider?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 16, 2012  |  1 Comment

A significant uptick in dissatisfaction with service providers is one of the trends I have noticed in the last six months.  Many CIOs are either actively switching service providers, in the evaluation process of switching or questioning the skills and abilities of their service provider as a significant issue hampering their success. Is there something [...]

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Maximize IT returns by amplifying performance rather than administering a budget.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 9, 2012  |  1 Comment

In times of economic adversity, conventional wisdom calls for conserving cash and capital.  Firms have amassed record amounts of cash as governments face deep cuts in the fourth year of five-year plans.  Leaders know that the future requires re-imaging the enterprise rather than repeated waves of belt tightening. Nowhere is this more evident than in [...]

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Comprehensive value defines broader goals for organizational leadership and management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 9, 2011  |  3 Comments

Occupy Wall Street is just the latest in a series of protests against the idea that businesses exist only to create economic returns for their shareholders. The idea that business should do more for society is appealing and requires more than light current forms of corporate charity.  Two articles this year in the Harvard Business [...]

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Welcome to the 2011 European Symposium in Barcelona

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 6, 2011  |  Comments Off

With macroeconomics and international finance dominating world news its easy to lose site of the fact that organizations cannot wait on the sideline for things to get better they have to take action and make the best of a difficult situation.  That is the challenge facing CIOs and IT leaders attending this year’s Gartner European [...]

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Race against the Machine — A book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 27, 2011  |  1 Comment

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee have created a powerful, concise and informative discussion of the impact of technology on employment, income distribution and macroeconomics.   Do not be fooled by the title, Race Against the Machine is not a neo luddite treatise on the evils of automation and technology.  The title is more about generating buzz [...]

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Now what, personal thoughts on where we stand now

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 10, 2011  |  Comments Off

I have been traveling the last two weeks overseas.  When I left we had the debt ceiling crisis, the US had a AAA rating and the stock market was above 12,000.  Now, well you know what’s happened.  The question is, not what has happened so much as what are we going to do now. I [...]

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The New Capitalist Manifesto: A book Review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 7, 2011  |  2 Comments

A progressive and comprehensive look at a future capitalist system. Umair Haque’s book makes an argument for what 21st capitalism should look like in the face of the economic, social, environmental and technical challenges we all face.  Haque points out that the open-ended consumption model we have today is not sustainable and certainly crazy to [...]

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Three new realities facing CIOs and IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2010  |  1 Comment

New Realities require new rules, some of the forces shaping the future of the enterprise and IT Please note this is an excerpt of the Keynote address delivered at this year;s Gartner Symposia in Orlando Florida, Cannes France and Sydney Australia. CIOs and IT leaders are accustomed to change. It is part of the territory. [...]

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Welcome to Gartner’s Symposium and ITXpo in Sydney Australia

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

Sydney is the final destination for the 2010 Gartner Symposium cycle enabling Gartner Analysts to share the latest insight gained from meeting with CIOs and IT executives in Europe and North America.   Australian companies are midway through their 2011 financial year and face the need to assess where they stand and the need to formulate [...]

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What I am learning from CIOs in Cannes.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 10, 2010  |  2 Comments

It is halfway through Gartner European Symposium and ITxPo and time for some intermediate reflections.  These are based on talking with CIOs both in 1:1 sessions as well as to groups of CIOs after presentations and during dinners, etc.  These views are my own and based on these interactions which represent a fraction of the [...]

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