Mark McDonald

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The IT game is a stalemate, time to define a new Technology Game

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 8, 2013  |  6 Comments

CIOs and IT leaders are masters of  the IT game. Executives play the IT game so long as it was the only game in town and it suited their needs.  If you want to control IT cost, quality, services, enablement and control, then you are playing an IT game that worked for more than 30 […]


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2013 is the first day of the rest of the year, and the last time to account for the past.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 7, 2013  |  1 Comment

Today is the first full working day of the first full working week of 2013.  It’s a time when ‘everything old is new again’. New in the context that it’s a new year, new budget, new beginning.  I believe that an organization’s ability to renew itself, give it a fresh start and move forward is […]

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An IT value sampler for the holidays

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

It is the holiday season and the time for samplers.  Recently a friend sent me a candle sampler as a holiday gift – a box of assorted chocolates.  That got me thinking about the collection of ideas that we offer to each other and exchange.   So here is a sample that I offer to you […]

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Close an IT infrastructure, open a digital platform

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 17, 2012  |  2 Comments

Digital technologies are worth less individually.  They are worth everything when connected to enterprise information and transaction capabilities.  That is a rather esoteric statement, so consider a mobile phone with apps.  Alone the phone is helpful, you can call people, consult maps, etc.  But that phone and those apps are worth more when they are […]


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What I learned from CIOs at the Gold Coast Australia Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2012  |  Comments Off

The seventh and final Gartner Symposium ITXpo completed this week at Gold Coast, Australia.   This completes a set of posts related to prior events in Tokyo, Goa, Orlando, Sao Paulo, Barcelona and now the Gold Coast.  The links point to what I have learned from these other venues. This is the second year of holding […]

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Effective alignment requires more than process and plans, it demands productivity and throughout.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 31, 2012  |  3 Comments

Business and IT alignment is a perennial issues facing executives.  It is one of reasons for misunderstandings, inefficiencies and frankly recriminations between technologists and business professionals.  Improving Business and IT Alignment is a constant part of CIO strategic priorities as shown by the CIO survey results.  Follow the link to participate in the 2013 CIO […]


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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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Is today’s IT tomorrow’s slagheap or future gold mine?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 14, 2012  |  2 Comments

The question gets at the issue of legacy applications, information, infrastructure, etc.  Current IT philosophy, management practices and thinking is organized around the idea of building new things, adopting new technology, correcting the past, in other words viewing what you have now as a slag heap rather than a source of future value. That my […]


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The Silent Crisis – Management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 25, 2012  |  2 Comments

Organizations are in crisis and many are unaware.  Crisis in the sense that organizations are facing developments that will lead them to an unstable and dangerous situation which they all recognize, but few know why and even fewer know what to do.  The crisis is silent driven by its absence rather than the presence of […]


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Security is personal and professional more than technical

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 17, 2012  |  2 Comments

I don’t blog a lot about security.  I leave that to the security experts like John Pescatore and others.  But recently in the last three weeks security has become a question raised by CIOs and business leaders. Security is a big issue related to technology given recent security lapses at high profile companies and ongoing […]


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