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IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain
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Weill and Ross have created a business book about IT with a clear and concise argument of the role, purpose and contribution IT makes to the enterprise. This is a book executives should read because it clearly states mostly in business terms how executives should think about, lead and fund IT.
Highly recommended for business executives, ignore the title and read the book. CIOs and IT executives should read the book as well and buy copies for their business peers. Corporate and IT strategists should read this book as it have several tools that will help them work together more effectively.
The book's principle term IT Savvy is defined as the ability to use IT to consistently elevate firm performance. It's a good workable definition, not so prescriptive as to lock out innovation, yet not so open as to mean anything to everybody. The book builds on this simple definition with a number of very powerful observations and statements that matter:
> You have to stop thinking about IT as a set of solutions and start thinking about integration and standardization. Because IT does integration and standardization well.
> IT Savvy firms have 20% higher margins than their competitors.
> You need an operating model before you can make sound investments in IT
> IT funding is important, as systems become the firm's legacy that influence, constrain or dictate how business processes are performed.Read more ›
Immensely readable, the book explains the key concepts clearly, illustrates them with convincing examples from leading companies, and leaves you with an actionable agenda for raising the IT Savvy at your company. The ideas in the book are based on many years of research and are a durable set of management principles that when mastered will enable companies to successfully leverage IT.
This book is a must have for CEOs/CIOs and if you have a lazy CEO, I recommend summarizing some of the ideas to him/her to become an IT savvy.
Authors Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross deliver clear guidance to take your company from IT Challenged to IT Savvy. They distill into very readable form the methods and best practices from their prior two books: "Enterprise Architecture as Strategy" and "IT Governance".
Professors Weill and Ross demonstrate the importance of establishing a business operating model as the basis for IT investments. In the 7-Eleven Japan (SEJ) case study, they show how SEJ transformed IT from strategic liability to strategic asset.
With the business operating model in place, they explain why the IT Funding Model must be aligned, and how other successful companies accomplished this. In the BT case study, Weill & Ross show how the company's leadership fixed the IT Funding Model, created powerful outcome-oriented Business Cases, and achieved transparency into IT investments and results.
The authors then explain how to build the Digital Platform for business execution that enables, automates, and powers the business operating model. The Swiss Re case study shows how this company created its Digital Platform to manage global risk and enhance relationships with its global customers.
They then tackle the challenges of governing the IT Funding Model and individual investments as well as the Digital Platform and its IT estate. In the State Street case study, the authors show how this company employed their Chief Architecture Officer (CAO) and the Office Of Architecture to ensure architectural conformance.
Finally, the secrets to deriving and driving IT value from the Digital Platform are revealed.
If you want to know these secrets, you must buy "IT Savvy"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful small book for any business executive. I bought it because of its reviews on Amazon and, although, was initially skeptical that what will I get out of it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Naveed Hussain
One of the great things about this book is that it was written for the non IT executive. The operational model concept is very well explained based on ING direct and UPS cases. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cristiano Malucelli
A good book for execs that may be handed the technology gremlin to deal withPublished 9 months ago by Daryl
Excellent book, a must read for all leadership teams, not just IT leadership.Published 13 months ago by Jason
I thought the book did an excellent job of giving real customer examples of how were able to digitize their important business critical information quickly - system agnostic.Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Calvert
it fits fort me , the book is useful and clean, like a new one, and the sent quickly,thank youPublished 20 months ago by Liu yanping
The book is easy to read and understand and has very good case studies to accompany every topic. I would recommend it for graduate students in IT Management and MBAPublished 24 months ago by Peter Joseph