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What I learned from Gartner’s First Symposium in the Middle East – Dubai 2013

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 11, 2013  |  2 Comments

Last  week more than 450 CIOs and IT executives met for Gartner’s first ever Symposium in the Middle East.  The three-day event concentrated on the digital imperatives of Focus, Connect and Lead.  Digital technology, Gartner’s Nexus of Forces, gives each of these imperatives a new and exciting context. Based on the presentations, questions, discussions and [...]

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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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What I learned from CIOs at the Gold Coast Australia Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

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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Barcelona: what I learned from talking with CIOs at Gartner’s Symposium ITXpo.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 10, 2012  |  4 Comments

This week the Gartner Symposium stopped in Barcelona to meet with more than 5,000 CIOs and IT executives.  The challenges facing European CIOs and IT leaders are real and significant.  An earlier post  reviewed the situation facing many of the IT leaders attending this year’s Symposium. One cannot underestimate the economic situation in Europe or [...]

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7 years of lean, IT’s time in the innovation desert is over

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 7, 2012  |  5 Comments

In the Bible Joseph’s interpretation of Pharoh’s dream predicted that Egypt would see seven years of fat, good harvests and plentiful food followed by 7 years of lean times, poor harvests and starvation.  The prediction encouraged Pharaoh to save in good times to compensate for bad times. The exact opposite has happened to IT. IT [...]

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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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What I learned from CIOs in Sao Paulo at Gartner Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 2, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Earlier this week the Gartner Symposium series stopped in Sao Paulo Brasil and joined more than 1,000 CIOs and IT professionals to discuss business and technology issues.  Like earlier symposia, the focus was on how technology creates value in the enterprise.  This is what I learned from the discussions, questions and interactions at this year’s [...]

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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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McKinsey Report Highlights Failure of Large Projects: why it is better to be small, particularly in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 29, 2012  |  40 Comments

A recent set of studies published by McKinsey Quarterly provides further evidence that the bigger they are the harder they fall.  Given that the McKinsey Quarterly’s audience is predominantly business executives rather than IT professionals, it’s important that CIOs are aware of the findings and have a reasonable response. Large projects not only fail more [...]

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What I have learned from CIOs at the Gartner Orlando Symposium and ITxpo.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 26, 2012  |  4 Comments

I am just back from Gartner’s Symposium in Orlando and from the buzz at the event it has been a valuable experience for all.  On Sunday Night I posted a welcome message that outlined some of the challenges, issues and requirements CIOs face in the future. 2012 = 1997   In many ways 2012 is like [...]

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