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Playing to Win by AG Lafley — a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 15, 2013  |  Comments Off

Playing to Win is highly recommended as perhaps the first and one of the few books you should ever read about business strategy.  Penned by the former CEO of P&G (AG Lafley) and the Dean of the Rothman Business School (Roger Martin) this book takes the esoteric and jargon based world of strategy and drives […]

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What I learned at Gartner’s CIO Leadership Forum in Huntington Beach California.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 20, 2013  |  Comments Off

Last week the CIO Leadership Forum landed in London at Heathrow Terminal 5 where more than 250 CIOs shared their experiences, ideas and concerns.  This week Huntington Beach California, outside Los Angeles hosted the North American event where more than 350 CIOs gathered to discuss the theme of “Digital Enterprise and Beyond.”    Part of the […]

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The Chief Digital Officer, you may not need one.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 6, 2013  |  4 Comments

Digitalization requires a type of collaboration that spans the organization to create a digital edge based on an integrated customer experience. The idea of a ‘chief” role responsible for a specific aspect of the enterprise is not new but its getting a lot of attention and discussion.  While it is easy to make the case […]

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Gartner Middle East Symposium – welcome to the inaugural session

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 5, 2013  |  Comments Off

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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CIOs know a lot about sequestration

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 1, 2013  |  1 Comment

Today starts sequestration; the term for the ‘draconian’ budget cuts in the U.S.  The 6% across the board cuts to social programs and 8% cut for defense programs has been the subject of discussion, hyperbole, blame storming on all sides.  CIOs are familiar with the idea of having to manage in an environment of broad […]

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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  |  Comments Off

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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We need a good business reason for investing in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 30, 2013  |  3 Comments

For years CIOs and researchers have highlighted the imperative for IT become a larger part of the business.  The advice offered is for CIOs to be more strategic, business focuses, business relevant and the like have consumed tons of paper, millions of pixels and pounds of toner. Over the last 10 years the issue of […]

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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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Digital strategy or digital tragedy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 23, 2013  |  10 Comments

As more and more attention turns to digital technology (mobile, big data, social, cloud) the greater the temptation to invest in a ‘digital’ strategy.  The idea sounds clear, simple and intuitive.  Digital technology is complex both in terms of the technology itself and the relationships between the business and technology.    That complexity and the relative […]

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Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World: the 2013 CIO Agenda

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 16, 2013  |  13 Comments

This morning I had the honor of appearing on CNBC to announce the results of the 2013 Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey and CIO agenda report.  Follow this link to the video and this link to the press announcement. The title of this year’s report revolves around extending technology’s role in the enterprise to include […]

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