Mark McDonald

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PLURES ex UNIS – an architecture model for digitalized business

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

“Many out of one” is the rough translation.  The term sounds familiar.  Its opposite- e pluribus unum ‘one out of many’ – is the motto of the United States.   The term also gives us something to consider as we invest in further digitalizing business processes, products, channels and offerings. Enterprises already use digital technology in […]

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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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What are the feedback systems that drive a Technology Game?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

The IT Game is a stalemate and the past few posts have sought to start up a conversation regarding the nature of a new Technology Game that should replace the IT Game we play today.   Using the defining characteristics of context, goal, rules, feedback and participation.  These are the prior posts related to the Technology […]

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What are the rules for the “Technology Game?”

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 12, 2013  |  2 Comments

The prior post introduced the idea that the current IT game is a stalemate and that it is time to design a new game, a technology game.  That post suggests a different context and goal for a technology game, please follow this link to see that discussion. A game is further defined by its rules […]


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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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The leadership traits CIOs see as significant for success. One of the ‘one’ questions you would ask of CIOs.

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

As we developed the CIO survey over last summer, we asked you about the one question you would ask CIOs.  One of the questions you asked was about leadership skills or traits that drive their success. What are the top three leadership traits for CIOs of the future? CIOs responses were surprising more for what […]


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30 Rock Finale shows that it is hard to end on a high note, perhaps it is better just to move on.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 4, 2013  |  Comments Off

Last week I missed the series finale of 30 Rock due to bad weather delaying my flight by a few hours.  Good thing for HULU.  After watching the episode it became clear – wrapping up anything of any size or duration is difficult.  I will not review the final episode, which lacked originality, but use […]

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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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The last question for the last day of 2013

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 31, 2012  |  Comments Off

This December the blog has asked a number of questions about the future of IT.  The approach seeks to avoid didactic statements about the future of IT – answers without questions.  To date the three questions have generated good discussion and its time for the final question: Where do we, as technology professionals, need to […]

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What are the issues that need to be addressed in creating IT’s future?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 21, 2012  |  2 Comments

This is the third question in the December Friday question series.  The two prior questions looked at  “Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving?” on December 7th and “What are the reasons we need IT in the future?” on December 14th.   So far there is some great discussion and comments so […]


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