Mark McDonald

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A Decade of Devaluation in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 7, 2012  |  21 Comments

In a prior post — When Frugality Fails — the topic was what do you do when just cutting costs is not enough to define success.  This topic looks at what a decade of flat IT budget investments really means.  IT budgets have been essentially flat according to the results of the Gartner Executive Programs […]


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Metrics, metrics who has the right metrics – well we have some data and five observations.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 22, 2012  |  3 Comments

In the 2012 Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey we asked CIOs several questions about the metrics they use, how effective the metrics were and how effective they were at demonstrating the business value of IT.  We shared the data with CIOs over the past year and some interesting insights came up that are the subject […]


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Avoid the trap of false precision

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 30, 2011  |  2 Comments

Precision is the enemy of IT value and a root cause of why it is so hard to measure IT’s.  About the only thing that you can prove with precision is that is not wasting money. Precision requires that specific investments that produce pre-defined and specific results.  You want to produce more widgets, then you […]


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Inflation, the time to think about it is before it gets here

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 10, 2011  |  1 Comment

Remember the global economy right before the global financial crisis? Oil prices were hitting nominal records, food prices were climbing and other commodities were driving resource-based economies forward. Inflation was nowhere to be seen, but it was suspected around the corner. Then the global financial crisis took away demand and seemed to drive us to […]

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Reuse really matters – even in the depths of the recession

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 15, 2010  |  Comments Off

This summer Gartner Executive Programs and MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR) published a report on the Advantages and Economics and Value of Reuse.  (Executive Summary) The report is based on a study of more than 1,500 companies to understand the impact of reuse. The joint study defined reuse as using […]

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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 CIOs present choice makes all the difference in the world.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 31, 2010  |  3 Comments

CIOs and their IT teams can unnecessarily limit their influence and options in ways that seem small, but have major consequences.  Take for example  how you present options.  IT is as much about decision making as it is about cost effective operations or innovative solutions which makes shaping and presenting options a critical management activity […]


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Does your company work like five fingers, a fist or a claw?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 5, 2010  |  3 Comments

This is another way of asking whether or not you’re your company is an enterprise.  The answer means a lot to your strategy, how you run IT and the levers you pull to in your enterprise and technology strategy. Every company consists of different divisions and operations.  Think of these as fingers on your hand.  […]


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A silly IT budget trick

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2010  |  Comments Off

Note:  My apologies for the prior version of this post.  I wrote it too quickly and did not give it a good proof reading. I read an article the other day by Arthur Langer about how IT can survive the current economic recession.  I was struck by the following piece of advice: “Move more IT […]

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March Madness means that half the year has passed.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 18, 2010  |  2 Comments

The NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament is called March madness as 64 teams play in a tournament to crown a national champion.  Outside of the U.S. this may not mean as much, but the tournament is a big annual event and the subject of much debate and discussion. It should be, because for all practical […]


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