From the Inside Flap
Most businesses are frustrated regarding their use of IT. Are they making the most of it and unlocking the potential of their workforce? Are they even using technology correctly? In Agility, Mark Mueller-Eberstein defines a new course that your business can use to join the elite ranks of optimized IT infrastructure superstars.
Mueller-Eberstein teaches you how you can exploit technology to take your business to a new level of success. But this book isn't about how to be simply good or better at using IT. Instead, it describes the myths of IT that keep companies underperforming, frustrated, and unprofitable. Filled with global case studies from various industries, it's about evaluating and prioritizing IT projects based on the impact on your business and about redefining exactly how strategy and technology implementation intersect, to create astounding business performance.
To be IT-agile, Mueller-Eberstein reveals, you must take an honest look at the crucial role of technology adoption and its derived impact on your business's results—and he offers lessons and experiences drawn from his many years in helping organizations use technology solutions to increase their agility within their business sector. He shows how it is those companies that know how to efficiently choose, roll out, and measure the effect of new technology that have proven themselves to be winners in today's marketplace. He underscores that, whether it's reductions in energy use or a quicker time to market with a new product, it's companies like BMW and Del Monte that have used technology to gain a competitive advantage. These are today's Agile organizations. It's time your company joins them.
The corporate digital divide will soon be drawn between those who exploit technology to its full potential—the Agile ones—and those who merely have it.
Whether your job is to manage facilities, people, or sales accounts, or oversee technology and its management, Agility presents IT solutions that can and will transform any and every part of your company.
From the Back Cover
INSIDER SECRETS TO COMPETING—AND WINNING—IN THE TECH-SAVVY MARKETPLACE
Examining data for over 15,000 organizations, it is clear that technology's powerful impact on business performance ensures that companies who do not know how to take advantage of new tools will lose their competitive edge. Agility presents proven guidance on tackling the challenges of your business and how to fully leverage the potential of technology.
A must-read reframing business strategy and technology implementation, Agility makes it clear: the digital divide is between those companies who view technology as a competitive asset and optimize it to its full potential—and those who . . . don't.
Praise for Agility
"Mr. Mueller-Eberstein from Microsoft is a true thought leader. His insights shared in Agility are spot on and were instrumental to advance my approach to IT management. Organizations adopting the Agility concepts will harvest tangible business results and increase their competitiveness ."
—Stephan Schmitt, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard
"The Internet has changed the way people live, work, and play. Now it's time for our concepts of team to change. This book provides a practical glimpse into the future. A future that is all about working in a globally networked world."
—John Henderson, Professor, Boston University
"In today's market, understanding the business implications of technology introduction is absolutely critical to an effective investment decision-making process. Mr. Mueller-Eberstein has done an outstanding job in explaining these technologies, how they can be used to transform business, and how customers have implemented them to achieve bottom-line business results. An excellent book on a very relevant topic."
—Bill Santos, General Manager, Services Development, SHI
"Unified communication is tomorrow's backbone for business success. Agility shows the correlation and how an organization can leapfrog their competition."
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—Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft