"High tech was once the back end of business strategy. The two are now one, says tech exec Jose Eiras, author of "The Practical CIO." To get with the program, chief information officers should: Think like a CEO. Unlike other areas of a firm, information technology operates best "when it's managed like a free-standing business" as opposed to a service center, Eiras said." (Investors.com
, April 16, 2010)
From the Inside Flap
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 on:
Attracting, nurturing, promoting, motivating, and preserving talent
Proactively establishing goals for IT
Writing, sharing, and using your IT strategy
Keeping your vendors accountable
Doing your homework before negotiating
Managing contracts—not just signing them
Working with the business
Managing and marketing the IT brand
Building and managing relationships up, down, and sideways across the enterprise and beyond its traditional boundaries
Acting like a CEO
Unlike earlier generations of CIOs, today's IT executives are expected to help the enterprise achieve its business goals. This represents a fundamental shift in thinking and poses a monumental test for the modern CIO. Savvy—and yes, practical— The Practical CIO helps you brace yourself for the coming changes and deal successfully with the challenges ahead of you.