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Gartner Middle East Symposium – welcome to the inaugural session

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 5, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

This week Gartner hosts its first Symposium in the Middle East and for those attending the event, my personal welcome.  A Symposium represents an opportunity for a group of peers to gather and cover a wide range of complex issues.  Information Technology professionals certainly face a range of complex issues as they look to hunt [...]

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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  |  Submit a Comment

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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Which are the best opportunities for CIOs to connect with their C Level colleagues

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 22, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

There are many ‘reasons’ why the C Level colleagues of the CIO should pay attention.  Frankly many of those arguments about the power of technology, its strategic importance, etc. fall flat in the eyes of fellow C Level executives who have a tough time understanding the connection between technology and changes in business performance. Ask [...]

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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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Is IT isolated in your organization? Here are ten telltale signs in your IT strategy.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 25, 2013  |  5 Comments

It is time for the annual IT kickoff and presentation of the 2013 IT strategy. The kickoff meeting offers a unique opportunity to assess IT, its role in the enterprise, its goals for the coming year, etc.  These sessions provide insight into how isolated IT is from the rest of the enterprise.  Here are ten [...]

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The Technology Model is changing from Computing to Consumption

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 11, 2013  |  1 Comment

Computing power has been the measure and the model for how we think about technology.  The model was that greater the MIPS, Feeds, Speeds, Capacity etc. the more powerful the technology.  With CES going on right now, its interesting to see that the buzz is not about technology as computing power so much as it [...]

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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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Forget about resolutions and figure out your resolve

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 2, 2013  |  1 Comment

New Year’s resolutions come and mostly go by the wayside in large part because they are weak commitments to things we already know that we are not going to do. Sure you can pass up desert on January 3rd but what about on February 2nd is the same commitment there? Rather than make promises that [...]

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Welcome to Barcelona and the 2012 Gartner Symposium ITXpo

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 5, 2012  |  4 Comments

CIOs and IT from across Europe gather in Barcelona this week to discuss the future of business, leadership and technology in the context of a changing economic and political environment.  The nuance and complexity associated with these challenges make this year’s European Symposium a singular event. Business, leadership and technology provide a context for the [...]

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Gartner Symposium – Goa India: What I learned from CIOs attending the event.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 15, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last week more than 250 CIOs attended Gartner Symposium in Goa, India. This year’s event was the second symposium in India with last year’s held in Mumbai.  In talking with CIOs and IT executives at the event it became clear that 2013 is going to be a transitional year for CIOs and for IT in [...]

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