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Enriching the Value Chain: Infrastructure Strategies Beyond the Enterprise (IT Best Practices series) Paperback – February 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: IT Best Practices series
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Intel Press (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971288739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971288737
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,338,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How do forward-thinking IT professionals organize infrastructure and staff to meet the challenges of e-Business value chain initiatives head-on? Enriching the Value Chain gives you the answers:

  • Strategic advice for mapping business drivers to a set of fundamental patterns and planning models.
  • A way to organize e-Business infrastructure with your suppliers, trading partners, and customers.
  • How to run e-Business infrastructure services for the long term with high quality.
  • How to make applications become easier, more cost-effective, and quicker to integrate.

Picking up where The Adaptive Enterprise leaves off, this companion volume tells you how to achieve success in value chain infrastructure planning.



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About the Author

Bruce Robertson leads META Group's infrastructure development program, working with clients to plan their e-Business and enterprise systems from a pattern perspective. His areas of technical specialization include directory and security services, networking, middleware, and e-Business infrastructure. Previously, he was a senior technology editor at Network Computing Magazine, a director of consulting for a Los Angeles technology consulting firm, and manager of an online services marketing joint venture.

Valentin Sribar is general manager of META Group's Infusion offerings, helping clients adapt their processes and organization to cope with any combination of dramatic business and technology changes. Previously, he was a senior consultant with the technology services practice of Ernst & Young, where he developed information technology architectures and networking designs.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Zarate on April 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is an extensive rework of the authors' "The Adaptive Enterprise", and in my opinion supersedes that earlier book.
Like the first book this one borrows heavily from the software engineering community to employ proven techniques, such as layered design, patterns and a component-based approach to infrastructure. Where this book extends and builds upon the earlier work is the emphasis on extending the corporate infrastructure into a meta infrastructure that is characterized by B2B and supply chains. As such it lives up to the title because the goal of the extended infrastructure is to enrich the value chain - or at least support the underlying business goals.
What I like about this book is what the authors propose is not only attainable, but makes good business sense. It starts with a 22-page introduction that clearly defines what is and is not infrastructure, and the concept of an adaptivity. These are important to understanding the approach that follows. Chapter 2, Laying the Foundation, quickly gives the basics for a layered infrastructure, develops a model for associated services that are needed to make the infrastructure adaptable, and drills down into service-related issues. I am not in complete agreement with the impact that this approach has on IT organizational structures; however, I am not willing to write it off as unfeasible until I have a chance to carefully think it through. The ideas do have merit (on paper) and are better developed in the first book.
Much of the rest of the book is a rehash of "The Adaptive Enterprise", but the material is slanted towards the extended infrastructure. What is important is the emphasis on patterns and components as frameworks and building blocks.
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