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  • The Alignment Effect: How to Get Real Business Value Out of Technology

    The Alignment Effect offers executives a systematic blueprint for demanding real accountability and bottom-line business results from their IT investments. Using actual case studies, Faisal Hoque introduces Business Technology Management, a comprehensive approach to aligning technology with business objectives, increasing the efficiency of technology investments, and dramatically reducing the financial and operational risks associated with business and technical change.

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  • Manage IT as a Business: How to Achieve Alignment and Add Value to the Company

    Many IT projects fail to deliver the benefits to the business that were promised. Yet IT managers and staff work hard to meet the needs of the business: Systems are put in place; network operations are reliable and stable. The cause is usually a misalignment of IT with the business. In this book, Bennet Lientz and Lee Larssen present over 200 specific, practical guidelines and steps that show how to: align IT and the business, develop methods that make IT more proactive in helping the business, more effectively manage vendors, avoid negative surprises, andensure that more projects are completed on time and within budget.

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  • Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

    IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT's power and presence have grown, he argues, its strategic relevance has actually decreased. IT has been transformed from a source of advantage into a commoditized "cost of doing business"-with huge implications for business management. Expanding on Carr's seminal Harvard Business Review article that generated a storm of controversy, Does IT Matter? provides a truly compelling-and unsettling-account of IT's changing business role and its leveling influence on competition.

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  • CIO Best Practices: Enabling Strategic Value with Information Technology

    Are you a seasoned information technology (IT) executive looking for options available on leadership structures within your IT organization? Look no further. Now in a Second Edition, CIO Best Practices is an invaluable resource that provides a comprehensive, practical guide for CIOs and their executive team peers giving real-world examples of CIOs who have succeeded in mastering the blend of business and technology responsibilities and giving their companies a sound return on investment of technology dollars

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  • IT Doesn't Matter-Business Processes Do: A Critical Analysis of Nicholas Carr's I.T. Article in the Harvard Business Review

    Has IT has reached the Winter of its life as an enabler of competitive advantage? Or is it Springtime, the season of growth for forward-thinking companies like GE, Dell, Wal-Mart and others determined to dominate their industries in the decade ahead? Read Smith & Fingar's critical analysis, and you decide.

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  • From Business Strategy to IT Action: Right Decisions for a Better Bottom Line

    From Business Strategy to IT Action gives companies of all sizes the tools to effectively link IT to business strategy and produce effective, actionable strategies for bottom-line results. The authors present CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and IT managers with a powerful and accessible resource packed with such useful material as the IT Improvement Zone, which quickly identifies where a company can focus its energies for maximum results

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  • IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain

    Digitization of business interactions and processes is advancing full bore. But in many organizations, returns from IT investments are flatlining, even as technology spending has skyrocketed. These challenges call for new levels of IT savvy: the ability of all managers-IT or non-IT-to transform their company's technology assets into operational efficiencies that boost margins. Companies with IT-savvy managers are 20 percent more profitable than their competitors.

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  • World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs

    Technology and business leaders alike must understand how to use IT to their advantage. Today, all businesses are technology companies powered by people; it is simply a question of degree. Failure to understand this and to harness technology to a company's advantage will result in one's company being a follower in an industry as opposed to a shaper of it. In World Class IT, Peter High distills the key principles for business and IT leaders to follow to ensure that your company is a leader rather than a laggard.

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  • 8 Things We Hate About IT: How to Move Beyond the Frustrations to Form a New Partnership with IT

    Why can't you get what you really want from IT? All you desire is a ready-and-willing partner to help you exploit IT to drive your business. Instead, you get endless rules and regulations, not to mention processes, projects, and technologies that deliver too little, too late, for too much. It's frustrating! How to build a relationship that puts you firmly in control and produces the business results you need? In The 8 Things We Hate About IT, Susan Cramm provides the answers.

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  • Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value

    If you're a general manager or CFO, do you feel you're spending too much on IT or wishing you could get better returns from your IT investments? If so, it's time to examine what's behind this IT-as-cost mind-set. In The Real Business of IT, Richard Hunter and George Westerman reveal that the cost mind-set stems from IT leaders' inability to communicate about the business value they create-so CIOs get stuck discussing budgets rather than their contributions to the organization. The authors explain how IT leaders can combat this mind-set by first using information technology to generate three forms of value important to leaders throughout the organization

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  • Adventures of an IT Leader

    Becoming an effective IT manager presents a host of challenges--from anticipating emerging technology to managing relationships with vendors, employees, and other managers. A good IT manager must also be a strong business leader. This book invites you to accompany new CIO Jim Barton to better understand the role of IT in your organization. You'll see Jim struggle through a challenging first year, handling (and fumbling) situations that, although fictional, are based on true events. You can read this book from beginning to end, or treat is as a series of cases. You can also skip around to address your most pressing needs.

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  • Partnering with the CIO: the future of IT sales seen through the eyes of key decision makers

    CIOs spend more than $1.2 trillion on software and hardware each year. Partnering with the CIO looks at IT sales from the CIO's perspective, revealing what needs to be changed and expressing their fears, concerns, warnings, and advice. Based on in-depth interviews with CIOs at major international firms and organizations such as Citigroup, First Data Corp.,, Pitney Bowes, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Time Inc., World Wildlife Fund, Accenture, and the CIO Executive Council, among many others, Partnering with the CIO is a practical and much-needed guide to the current state of IT sales and leadership.

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  • The Practical CIO: A Common Sense Guide for Successful IT Leadership

    As the global economy evolves and transforms, IT executives face dilemmas of truly mythic proportions. Despite understandable feelings of apprehension, you must still choose your destiny. Do you hunker down and wait timidly for fate, or do you seize the moment and act like a hero? Guiding you in redefining your role as a chief information officer in a global marketplace, The Practical CIO: A Common Sense Guide for Successful IT Leadership tells it like it is. Here you will find the new modes of thinking and novel approaches necessary to increase your chances of surviving through the turbulence and uncertainty of a rapidly changing economy. This is a unique book, superbly written by a seasoned executive leader who has "been there, done that" in positions of authority all over the world. Filled with real-world stories of success and failure, this timely book provides crucial advice.

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  • The New CIO Leader: Setting the Agenda and Delivering Results

    Two converging factors-the ubiquitous presence of technology in organizations and the recent technology downturn-have brought Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to a critical breaking point. They can seize the moment to leverage their expertise into a larger and more strategic role than ever before, or they can allow themselves to be relegated to the sideline function of "chief technology mechanic." Drawing from exclusive research conducted by Gartner, Inc., with thousands of companies and CIOs, Marianne Broadbent and Ellen Kitzis reveal exactly what CIOs must do now to solidify their credibility with the executive team and bridge the chasm that currently separates business and IT strategy. The New CIO Leader outlines the agenda CIOs need to integrate business and IT assets in a way that moves corporate strategy forward- whether a firm is floundering, successfully competing, or leading its industry.

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  • Transparent IT: Building Blocks for an Agile Enterprise

    Transparent IT enables businesses to see the benefits that SOA can bring and describes a methodical approach to tying IT projects to business goals. Chip Wilson provides executives and middle managers with insight on how IT investments can be used to better support the execution of business processes.

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  • The Effective CIO: How to Achieve Outstanding Success through Strategic Alignment, Financial Management, and IT Governance

    In a business world of uncertain budgets, relentless technology changes, scarce management talent, and intense production demands, theory is good, but practice sells. The Effective CIO: How to Achieve Outstanding Success through Strategic Alignment, Financial Management, and IT Governance is all about practice, successfully delivering the nuts-and-bolts for effective governance execution. It helps to dissolve the negative image many CIOs have as remote, purely rational decision machines, while demonstrating how to improve quality and throughput in your business.

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  • Unwrapping The CIO: Demystifying the Chief Information Officer Position

    Unwrapping the CIO: Demystifying the Chief Information Officer Position brings new understanding to the often misunderstood appointment of CIO. Author Wayne L. Anderson deftly explains this position in relation to other positions within the corporate workplace; he writes to CIOs who need to understand the job in which they have been placed, CEOs who need to better understand the position, challenges, and skill requirements of one of the key areas affecting an organization, CFOs who need to understand the position that consumes a great deal of the company’s financial assets, and IT professionals who need to understand why CIOs make some of the decisions they make.

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  • Strategies for Information Technology Governance

    Business-IT alignment refers to applying IT in an appropriate and timely way, in harmony with business strategies, goals and needs. It has remained a fundamental concern of business and IT executives for more than 15 years. Mature alignment evolves into a relationship where IT and other business functions adapt their strategies together.

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  • IT Performance Management

    In the twenty-first century, IT has become a part of our economic society. The statement that IT is 'just another resource' that can be exchanged for people has become far too simple. Supported by IT, business can perform new activities that were unthinkable in the early days of automation. When used properly, this leads to far better service delivery to the customers.

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  • Laughing at the CIO; A Parable and Prescription for IT Leadership

    Here is a prescription for IT executives and professionals who are sick of suffering through a never-ending stream of technology solutions that never really solve anything. Through his modern-day fable of Information Technology gone awry, Bob Boiko shows execs and tech staff alike how to harness the I in IT to become leaders by making measurable movement toward strategic goals. Boiko's business parable leads to a set of concrete methods you can use to create IT strategy and action in your organization. Whether or not you are a CIO, if you recognize the power of information and have the desire to be an information leader this book and Web-based eBook will show you the way.

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  • fruITion: Creating the Ultimate Corporate Strategy for Information Technology

    Ian is a Chief Information Officer (CIO) who is about to go on a journey of change - whether he likes it or not. He will be expected to explore, challenge and radically recast the complex, often hostile relationships that can exist between a business and the people in its Information Technology (IT) department. On the way, Ian, his Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and other key stakeholders, experience a transformation in how a business needs to think about the value of its IT people and the work that they do. This results in some truly groundbreaking innovations in the scope and contribution of Ian's role as CIO, the people that work for him and the strategy that he leads.

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  • Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Reshaping the Economy

    A wave of business innovation is driving the productivity resurgence in the U.S. economy. In Wired for Innovation, Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders describe how information technology directly or indirectly created this productivity explosion, reversing decades of slow growth. They argue that the companies with the highest level of returns to their technology investment are doing more than just buying technology; they are inventing new forms of organizational capital to become digital organizations. These innovations include a cluster of organizational and business-process changes, including broader sharing of information, decentralized decision-making, linking pay and promotions to performance, pruning of non-core products and processes, and greater investments in training and education.

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