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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

Bracken’s digital leadership: legacy beats longevity

by Mark Raskino  |  August 4, 2015

Yesterday, July 3rd, came the news that Mike Bracken, head of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) will be leaving.  During his 5 years in post, he revolutionized the way government thinks about technology and delivers it. His leadership and inspiration spread way beyond the UK and beyond government. He probably achieved more of lasting […]

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CEOs should heed this Audi, BMW & Daimler digital leadership example

by Mark Raskino  |  July 31, 2015

A recent Wall Street Journal article revealed that three competing car companies have agreed to acquire the digital mapping services of Nokia. The article goes on to suggest that these initial buyers might offer ownership stakes to other major automotive companies. I see this as a good example of a two new kinds of digital […]

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Paris demonstrates that CEOs and regulators must weigh the consequences of digital inaction

by Mark Raskino  |  June 26, 2015

Yesterday, 25 June, I experienced the wrath of digital backlash – first hand.  French taxi drivers did everything in their power to disrupt me. Any business person flying into or out of Paris was the target.  It wasn’t just a lack of official taxis – they blockaded the airport from all cars. It wasn’t just the roads […]

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Why I find it hard to doubt drone delivery will be big business.

by Mark Raskino  |  April 14, 2015

Like many analysts, I have been fascinated by the prospects of aerial drone use in everyday business. My first moment of awakening was seeing the famous UK Dominoes pizzadrone PR experiment video in 2013.  Since that time, whenever I speak with CIOs and business leadership teams of larger companies about it,  I am usually faced by […]

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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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