Mark McDonald

A member of the Gartner Blog Network

Entries Tagged as 'Tools'

An atlas for digital opportunity

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 6, 2013  |  Comments Off

An atlas is a collection of maps, graphical representations of the world that allow others to find their way in the new world.  We all face a new world of digital technology filled with uncharted territory.  Having an atlas of digital solutions would be helpful.  That would be nearly impossible given the endless and evolving […]

Comments Off

Category: Digital Edge Digitalization Tools     Tags: ,

A tool for assessing technology’s amplification of your strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 8, 2012  |  4 Comments

Amplifying the enterprise is the theme for this year’s CIO agenda reflecting the expanding role of technology in the enterprise and its role in raising the power of enterprise strategies and performance.  The notion of technology as an enterprise amplifier goes beyond traditional notions of IT and the administration/automation of back office processes.  Technologies such […]


Category: 2012 Amplifying the Enterprise Strategic planning Strategy Tools     Tags: , , , , ,

History is more powerful than your peers

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 21, 2011  |  2 Comments

Benchmarking is a hot topic among CIOs and IT leaders as they look to evaluate and justify their operations by answering the question — ‘how do we compare with others?” Increasing change creates demand for increasing benchmarking as companies value peer comparisons over their own experience and history.  This bias makes it surprisingly easy for […]


Category: 2012 CIO Management     Tags: , , , ,

What is on your CIO’s holiday wish list?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 19, 2011  |  Comments Off

It’s that time of year; when it is better to give than receive.  But what do you get a CIO this year?  What is on your CIO’s wish list? With six shopping days left until Christmas here are six things I can think of talking with CIOs over the past few months. These are things […]

Comments Off

Category: Fun Personal Observation Strategy     Tags: , , , ,

Best Practices are Stupid — a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 4, 2011  |  Comments Off

Best Practices are Stupid 40 Ways to Out Innovate the Competition is the subject of one of Steve Shapiro’s innovation tips and the title for this book.  Rather than ridicule current approaches to innovation, Shapiro takes a comprehensive and compelling look at the next set of things companies need to do to innovate. Shapiro points […]

Comments Off

Category: Book Review Innovation Tools     Tags: , ,

Business value is in your hand – the five questions to ask to create a compelling case for change.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 2, 2011  |  3 Comments

Raising business impact is something that CIOs and IT professionals have sought for years.  The goal has led to the development of ‘tools’ ranging from new IT metrics, program/project management, portfolio management and advanced approaches to business case development.  It has also led to a range of ‘beliefs’ in the business and IT relationship – […]


Category: Lean Thinking Management Re-imagine IT     Tags: , , , , ,

Escape Velocity by Geoffrey Moore – a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 30, 2011  |  2 Comments

Escape Velocity by Geoffrey Moore addresses the fundamental issue of driving deep innovation and value realization in your company not by some new silver bullet but by the hard work required to free your company’s future from its past.  Moore’s central premise in this well written, actionable and highly recommended book, is that companies have […]


Category: Book Review Innovation Leadership Management marketing Strategic planning     Tags: , , , , ,

How the iPad’s parts can deliver more than a whole PC and why I cannot toss out my PC, just yet.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 17, 2011  |  2 Comments

I was working with a colleague this week and we were sitting across a conference room table. He had is MacAir out as we were working.  Me, I was working on my iPad 1.0, yes an iPad One, which is in a Gorilla mobile case from Joby and accompanied by an Apple wireless keyboard.  The […]


Category: Innovation Personal Observation Technology     Tags: , , , , ,

The bare personal technology essentials

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

What is the minimum set of technologies an individual needs to enhance their personal performance? It’s difficult to answer this question in the context of a modern organization endowed with a portfolio of applications, information and infrastructure.  Much of that technology exists to make the company and it’s processes more effective.  Even so called personal […]

Comments Off

Category: Innovation Management Personal Observation Technology Tools     Tags: , ,

The Real Value of IT: a Book Review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 15, 2011  |  2 Comments

Hunter and Westerman’s book came out before we started blogging.  The Real Value of IT is one of the books that should be part of the CIO and IT leadership team’s tools.  Here is the original review that can also be found at What is the business value of IT? This is a perennial […]


Category: Book Review IT Governance Management Strategic planning Strategy     Tags: , , ,