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Entries Tagged as 'RE-imagine IT'

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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Living in Appland

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 7, 2012  |  1 Comment

Appland exists where the availability of technology solutions exceeds your organizations business capability.   Technology becomes greater than IT in Appland as commercially accessible technologies create new innovation and advantage opportunities for organizations.  The expanding scope of Appland is fueling a new generation of technology savvy business executives who expect more than just IT. The relationship […]

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Living in Gapland

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

The relationship between IT functionality and business capability sets the context for technology in a business.  The prior post “Technology, IT and business in the lands of Apps, Gaps and equilibrium”  introduced  a way of looking at that that relationship. This post concentrates on the assumptions and fundamentals associated with IT living in the land […]

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Technology, IT and Business in the lands of Apps, Gaps and Equilibrium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 30, 2012  |  4 Comments

Take a step back and consider the fundamental assumptions behind IT and it become easy to see IT’s current challenges and future failures.  One of those assumptions is the relationship between IT functionality and business capability.  Understanding the context behind that relationship and its implications is crucial to leading IT in the future. The figure […]


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What I learned from CIOs and IT executives at Orlando Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 21, 2011  |  4 Comments

Re-imagine IT: Lead from the Front was the theme of this year’s Gartner Symposium in Orlando. This blog has featured re-imagining IT, but after four days and literally hundreds of conversations the full scope of re-imagination and the courage of those who dare to re-imagine is becoming clear. CIOs and IT executives who came to […]


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Re-imagining IT as an experience, rather than an expenditure

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

Experience is the new goal for products and services.  Experience replaces traditional goals related to feature and functionality.  Factors that can readily be copied.  In their place, experience seeks to create a broader set of value that cannot be readily substituted and gets better through repeated use. Why? Well, in a world of global supply, […]

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How you create causality with IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 26, 2011  |  1 Comment

Organizations are complex making it difficult to assign specific actions to specific results. In an environment of ambiguity executives and managers fall back in financials and assigning credit to the people closest to observable success. They cannot go deeper because as soon as they move away from the immediate source it becomes difficult to separate […]

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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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Judgment workers – the next step beyond the knowledge worker

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 27, 2011  |  5 Comments

Modern business relies on the creation and processing of knowledge.   Peter Drucker and others recognized the role of the knowledge worker as being a central challenge of the second half of the 20th century.  Enabling, enhancing and extending the reach and power of knowledge and knowledge workers has been the foundation of the information technology […]


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Three things required to re-imagine benefits realization

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 23, 2011  |  2 Comments

Benefits realization is rapidly becoming the critical business process for CIOs and IT as organizations call the value of IT into question. Traditionally, benefits realization has been assumed to be the responsibility of the business.  IT built systems and the business deployed these systems to create business value.  That approach makes sense given the division […]


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