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Mark Raskino
VP & Gartner Fellow
15 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry

Mark Raskino is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in the CEO Research group. Mark creates advice and analysis for CEOs on technology related and digital business strategy and change Read Full Bio

Three observations on the B word

by Mark Raskino  |  January 30, 2019

Just a quick reminder – what follows is one senior analyst sharing some thoughts. It is not a Gartner position. Blogs are un-reviewed personal writings, not published research. In my job as a Gartner analyst I do a lot of international travel. Then I come home to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and her […]

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If there’s a double dip ahead, CEOs should refocus – not reverse

by Mark Raskino  |  January 15, 2019

I recently published a Gartner research note of suggested technology related ‘resolutions’ for chief executives (paywall). It’s a list of pointers to things they can consider doing, to help improve their company’s digital business progress. 2019 looks like it might be a turning point year that offers an opportunity for the organisation to pause for […]

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A CEO Question: Start With Culture OR Tech?

by Mark Raskino  |  October 10, 2018

Recently I was asked this rather smart question by the CEO of a financial services company. He knows they must embark on a digital transformation journey. Given what we have learned from the experience of others, should he lead the effort with culture change or technology change? The reflexive answer that I expect you want to give […]

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CEOs should stop saying this about tech

by Mark Raskino  |  June 29, 2018

Here’s something that I sometimes hear CEOs and other business leaders say –  and seemingly without much forethought. “Of course, the technology is the easy bit..” It’s one of those trite phrases that gets picked up and repeated in everyday corporate life, as if they were statements of obvious truth and wisdom, upon which we all […]

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A story chart of the corporate information age

by Mark Raskino  |  October 27, 2017

It was nineteen-eighty-something. “Information technology, is a societal, epochal technology” said my university lecturer, quoting a translated Japanese author (that made the insight seem even more wise and visionary). Like … wow man. Decades later I find it helpful to reconsider the 60 to 80 year journey that historians call the ‘information age’. It’s not ivory tower […]

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Whose cloud? The business strategy question every CEO should consider.

by Mark Raskino  |  October 1, 2017

Before we get into this important issue I have to declare a disinterest. I’m not a cloud analyst at Gartner. I don’t cover the vendors or their offerings. I can’t tell you which one is best under different circumstances. I have many colleagues who can help you with those decisions. What I do know is […]

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CEOs Must End Digital Business Planning Paralysis

by Mark Raskino  |  September 12, 2017

Something I’ve noticed in a few interactions this year, has been too much planning for digital business innovation. We meet with some technology and business executives who have been strategizing and planning how to set up a digital business innovation center or capability for months and months.. sometimes a year, or even two years. It’s smart to […]

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Why CEOs should hang tech-washing out to dry

by Mark Raskino  |  September 5, 2017

During his address to the American nation on April 30th 1973, President Richard Nixon provided his now famous line “there can be no Whitewash at the White House”. The analogy of using white paint to cover up a mess was not new, but ever since – journalists and copywriters have been in love with it. In […]

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Why CEOs should test big digital business ideas in tiny countries.

by Mark Raskino  |  August 30, 2017

Last week the very first regular commercial drone delivery service commenced. It’s likely you have heard of many such experiments around the world over the last few years, but this was the first service to start running every day, as a real business operation.  Ponder for a moment – where in the world did you […]

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Rafa Nadal’s game is Digital to the Core – is yours?

by Mark Raskino  |  July 7, 2017

This is this first week of Wimbledon and Rafael Nadal is on form. #2 in the world singles rankings and fresh from his win at the Roland Garros French Open on clay, this time his target is winning the famous London trophy, on grass. Yesterday I heard a BBC commentator marvel at the amount of […]

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