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"This book breathes life into the concept that IT is not about bits and bytes. It lays out an excellent roadmap to help any business transform IT from a cost center to a cost avoider and value adder. It also provides sage advice on a personal level for career development: including how to pick the right employer! It is a must read not only for IT professionals but for any business leader (or soon to be leader)." --Chrys Varnes, Principal - Xerox Global Services
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As to what we see...
C-level executives increasingly believe that the IT function must take the initiative to introduce beneficial change into their business and actively help target it and lead it, especially due to its cross-functional view and its knowledge of emerging technologies.
And, at least from my experience, they aren't likely to think much of IT managers who don't believe that themselves.
So, to try and help accelerate IT's ever more strategic leadership role as an equal partner in the business (and some of what I've learned took me several tries), I've found practical and proven ways to:
- Improve IT professionals' understanding of the vital role that IT plays in business success;
- Communicate this understanding effectively to business professionals at all levels, in business terms;
- Engage in an ongoing collaboration process with all aspects of the business through active interest, involvement and initiative;
- Actively support the IT team so that it is comfortable enough to routinely lead the business to better ways; and,
- Develop a "part of it, proud of it" attitude within a strategically integrated (not aligned) IT asset management function.More importantly, the book explains how IT professionals and general managers can use collaboration, communication and persuasion to do these things.
In summary, I would offer you this short assertion: Building and keeping linked-destiny business relationships is how an effective IT asset management program is best achieved.
The principles involved, unlike our changing world of technology, are constant.