Mark McDonald

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The sources of distortion

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 12, 2012  |  Comments Off

Amplifying the enterprise involves turning up the value of technology in the enterprise.  Eliminating distortion is one of the ways that technology amplifies the enterprise. Distortion refers to the internal complexities; costs, duplication and redundancies that make it harder to get work done. Think about the things that get in the way, make it difficult […]

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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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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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It is time to create more than a little competitive instability

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 23, 2011  |  Comments Off

Competitive instability happens when one player in a market releases a series of capabilities that constantly change the terms of competition. In geo-politics, Ronald Reagan creates competitive instability via US defense policy in relationship to the Soviet Union.  Creating competitive instability involves creating a stream of discontinuities that exploit near term market opportunities and then […]

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What are tech companies going to spend their $350 billion dollars in cash on?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 5, 2011  |  1 Comment

I was going to write about 10 CIO new years resolutions, that will come latter, but this thought rolled through as I was reading the paper. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. companies have accumulated a mountain of cash and look to invest it in 2011 — Big Firms Poised to Spend Again. That […]

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Taking the turn, a new level playing field

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 5, 2010  |  Comments Off

Markets, executives and customers are coming to the realization that pushing the reset button in terms of our economic expectations requires us to face a future that is based more on what we have now than on aspirations for a return to the past. Note this is a long post Strategy setting for 2011 needs […]

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Taking the Turn

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 4, 2010  |  Comments Off

2011 is shaping up to be the year when the world takes the turn away from thinking about economic challenges and setting their sights on economic opportunities. For better or worse people are coming to the recognition that the economy we have is the one we are stuck with so we better start acting and […]

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Living in a Multi-speed economy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 14, 2010  |  2 Comments

The future of the economy is on many people’s minds and for good reason.  While we cannot know if the future, one thing appears certain.  We are living in a multi-speed world. I first heard of the term different economic speeds when I was in Australia.  They point to two speeds: a top speed and […]


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CIOs report trading operating budgets for capital spending at the mid year.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 8, 2010  |  Comments Off

According to Gartner’s 2010 CIO Mid year survey, IT budgets remain tight and CIOs report having to move resources around to meet increasing operational and infrastructure upgrades in the face of tight budget and economic environment.  CIOs face a year of leading in times of transition with continued economic challenges combining with changes in enterprise […]

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How growth can tear IT apart

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

For the past ten years many IT organizations and technologies have centralized.  Multiple cycles of economic growth and recession have led companies to centralize IT to gain scale efficiencies, improve service consistency and consolidate IT expenditures. At the same time, core technologies and the tech industry have consolidated and centralized.  Consolidation is expected to continue […]

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