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Mark Raskino
VP & Gartner Fellow
12 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Mark Raskino is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in the Executive Leadership and Innovation group of Gartner Research. Mark researches CEO priorities and attitudes to IT and major business technology trendsRead Full Bio

Business has a technology language shortage

by Mark Raskino  |  February 20, 2015

A traditional view holds that information technologists generate way too much  jargon. It irritates business people; a source of friction that impedes progress. As an analyst I have certainly seen that problem many times in the past, but it isn’t troubling me these days. I think we have flipped to the exact opposite problem. Technologists are not creating enough of the […]

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Is the latest C-tech-O role needed … or even real?

by Mark Raskino  |  February 3, 2015

From time to time CEOs do create new C level roles and titles. Trends break out and copying happens. Some of this is very real and important – but some of it is entirely imagined. In today’s online ‘news’ world, it is perfectly possible for any bright spark to coin a new C-level job title […]

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“Re-materialization” is what digital business might do to your product.

by Mark Raskino  |  January 30, 2015

People as old as me can remember when the internet arrived and when companies created their first websites. Very quickly, it became obvious that some big companies could sell their stuff directly to end customers by electronic commerce, because websites could be developed to become online self-service machines. Orders could be taken, products could be configured […]

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Might 2015 be the year of “peak digital” ?

by Mark Raskino  |  January 19, 2015

Last year, our CEO survey showed that digital and IT was 4th in chief executives business priorities – up from 11th place in 2013. I have no doubt, this represents the highest visibility for technology among CEOs for over a decade. The key question is – will it persist?  I’m working on our latest CEO […]

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CEOs and Boards: think hard about what “core” means in the digital business age.

by Mark Raskino  |  January 12, 2015

Two very different business examples of recent times have started me thinking about the dilemma business leaders face when tying to tell the difference between a strategy that is cleverly shifting to preempt disruption and a strategy that is ‘wandering’ away from core business. Last year I enjoyed frequently quoting this late 2013 remark from Kevin Plank, […]

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CEOs and CIOs – what’s your “techquisition” strategy?

by Mark Raskino  |  October 16, 2014

I am intrigued when I see a company in a traditional industry, acquire some kind of digital or information technology business. It’s a very modern M&A sub-trend I’ll call  “techquisitioning”. We did not see much of it during the original dot com and e-business boom of the early 2000’s. However, there are many more interesting entities […]

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Business leaders: in the Internet of Things, remember products need names.

by Mark Raskino  |  September 29, 2014

Recently, I was using a gym in a hotel I visit once a year. The management had replaced all the fitness machines and I was keen to discover what the latest equipment can do.  There was better integrated TV, touch screen controls, and some local gamification – showing me my performance stats compared to other […]

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CEOs should note this week’s Air France story, when designing digital business strategies.

by Mark Raskino  |  September 25, 2014

Yesterday, the CEO of Air France KLM  tried to end a very damaging labour dispute with these words : “With the withdrawal of the Transavia Europe project, there is now no reason to strike because there are no longer any concerns about relocation.” If you are a large company CEO, business strategist, business strategic CIO or […]

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Will the internet of products need digital ownership certificates?

by Mark Raskino  |  September 19, 2014

Recently, some suspicious cell phone towers were discovered in the United States.  It is believed they are spy towers – listening in on calls and or tracking people. It’s not known who put them there. At the same time, in Australia, Russia, the UK, India, South Africa and many other countries – innovators are working […]

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South Africa has Digital Officers too.

by Mark Raskino  |  September 15, 2014

Last week I attended Gartner’s annual Symposium in Cape Town. It’s always one of the most enjoyable events on our global circuit. The thoughtfulness and positive energy of South African IT leaders is inspiring, as they continue their journey to forge the systems of an emerging great nation. This year it was interesting to note […]

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