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“Steering your car via the gas tank”, when cost trumps strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 18, 2013

We have been living with cost control strategies for so long that it is easy to lose sight that there are other strategies beyond doing ‘more with less.’  Recently I...

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CIOs know a lot about sequestration

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 1, 2013

Today starts sequestration; the term for the ‘draconian’ budget cuts in the U.S.  The 6% across the board cuts to social programs and 8% cut for defense programs has been...

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A Decade of Devaluation in IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 7, 2012

In a prior post -- When Frugality Fails -- the topic was what do you do when just cutting costs is not enough to define success.  This topic looks at...

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What is the single best metric for demonstrating IT business impact?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 11, 2012

If John Stuart can take a hiatus, why can't I.  Please enjoy this prior post on the best metric for IT. The issue of demonstrating the business value of IT...

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The Geek Debt Crisis

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 2, 2012

While Europe finance ministers deal with national debt crisis, CIO’s and CFO’s are ignoring their organizational geek debt crisis.  Measure your organization’s geek debt by the degree to which existing...

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Maximize IT returns by amplifying performance rather than administering a budget.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 9, 2012

In times of economic adversity, conventional wisdom calls for conserving cash and capital.  Firms have amassed record amounts of cash as governments face deep cuts in the fourth year of...

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Re-Imagining IT requires new opinions and ideas – Yours

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 12, 2011

Throughout this year we have been talking about the need to re-imagine IT in the face of changing business priorities, technology innovation and IT performance.   Re-imagination involves finding new answers...

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Three things required to re-imagine benefits realization

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 23, 2011

Benefits realization is rapidly becoming the critical business process for CIOs and IT as organizations call the value of IT into question. Traditionally, benefits realization has been assumed to be...

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Mid year check up on the commitments you should make for 2011

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 1, 2011

It’s the logical midpoint of 2011 – at least from a business cycle.  It’s a good time to check the progress on the resolutions and plans.  While plans and priorities...

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Business Investments vs. Business cases: start one and stop the other

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 13, 2011

It is time to replace the traditional IT business case with a Business Investment Plans.   Why?  For the simple reason that they do not work, at least they do not...

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