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The Duality of Technology – or why business and technology leaders look at the same thing and see it so differently

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 17, 2013  |  1 Comment

The relationship between business and technology is complex and confusing for both executives and their IT peers.  I believe that much of the reason behind this has to do with the very nature of technology and how business makes sense of that nature. Beware this is more of a thought piece than a set 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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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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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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What are the reasons we need IT in the future?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 14, 2012  |  3 Comments

Today is the second friday in December and time for another question in the discussion series about asking the right questions about IT. Last week’s question “Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving?”  yielded some interesting points.  This week the question is: What are the reasons we need IT in the future? Notice […]

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Local public infrastructure driving economic development and employment growth

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 12, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last month I had the opportunity to catch up with Todd Jackson the CIO at the City of Westerville Ohio and received an update on Westerville Ohio’s Community Data Center.  If you recall from a prior post,  the City of Westerville, located outside Columbus Ohio, decided to build a community data center providing services for […]

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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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Why do you need a Digital Edge?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 22, 2012  |  1 Comment

Every organization has an edge – a reason behind their future success.  Having an edge is great, but customer expectations, competition and technology dull every edge.  Sharpening these edges becomes increasingly difficult over time as technology makes it easier for competitors to copy, mimic, reverse engineer your edge. Executives need an edge that is self-sharpening, […]

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