Mark McDonald

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A New Federalism for Technology – a model made for a world demanding global growth and control

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 25, 2013  |  Comments Off

Strategy connects with structure and structure influences strategy.  The relationship between the two drives organizations to re-align, re-distribute and re-organize, all except for IT.  According to the 2013 Gartner CIO Survey, only 30% of CIOs believe that changing business priorities and strategies requires changing the IT organization.  In other words, 70% of CIOs believe that […]

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Tii or T2i or Ti(squared)

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 20, 2012  |  2 Comments

Technology, innovation and information (Tii) how about that for the name of a re-imagined IT organization?  It’s a response to the question what should IT be called in the future?  I offer this one as a concept that brings together a deeper response to the future of the resources, responsibilities and contribution of the construct that […]

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It is time to think small when thinking of IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 13, 2012  |  5 Comments

Please enjoy this prior post on the nature of the IT organization.  IT trends and transformations over the past decade have been driven by a common theme: reducing cost.  CIO-led initiatives for outsourcing, consolidation, shared services, applying lean manufacturing principles, have all revolved around the need to take costs out of IT. All of this […]

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What is the single best metric for demonstrating IT business impact?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 11, 2012  |  Comments Off

If John Stuart can take a hiatus, why can’t I.  Please enjoy this prior post on the best metric for IT. The issue of demonstrating the business value of IT is at the top of mind for both CIO’s and other executives as they look to allocate cash and other resources across the enterprise.  The […]

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Lightening the depths of shadow IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 22, 2012  |  11 Comments

Shadow IT is IT activity that occurs outside of IT.  Shadow IT is growing in many organizations driven by consumerized technology, mobility, the availability of cloud solutions and quite frankly relatively slow cycle times within captive IT organizations. How do you control or eliminate shadow IT is a frequent question raised by CIOs and IT […]

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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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Amplifying the role of the business analyst

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 30, 2012  |  9 Comments

What is one of the hottest roles in IT?  What is the role that is in demand and will play a critical role in the future? I believe it is the business analyst. But not the type of business analyst we have today.  That type of business analyst was a junior position in IT.  The […]

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Thinking Small about your IT organization: Mosaic vs. Monolith

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

The IT organization structure is more than boxes in an organization chart.  The IT organization and the decisions it contains have a significant influence on IT performance, capability and process.  How you are organized also represents the way you think about IT. Leaders are thinking about their organizations in new ways, replacing monolithic IT structures […]

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Developers do not want a job, they want a role

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 19, 2011  |  Comments Off

Are young developers leaving your company?  You know the ones who you have hired in the last few years with skills in developing web services, web sites, mobile apps etc.  The ones who naturally work in an agile environment, have the energy, and want to innovate in your organization.  If you answer no, then great […]

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A ‘both – and’ strategy is has no imagination only more work

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

One of the reasons CIOs face the need to re-imagine IT is that most companies are pursuing a dual track strategy calling for growth and cost cutting.  These two goals are often seen as being mutually exclusive – creating a duel rather than a dual set of requirements. You are either supporting growth or you […]

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