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The extensive use of detailed case studies place a real world context for the management theory espoused, which itself is drawn from many other sources (and adequately referenced.)
This book can be used both as in introduction into the developing arena of IS/IT Management Theory, or as a reference material for CIO's looking fo inspiration.
On the downside, the text can be heavy going and academic at times and could use better indexing of the Tables and Figures used. Reasonable value as a hardback - but a softcopy version would be an affordable must for any aspiring CIO.
This text is pure real world cases with interpretation. It's information gold, although outdated somewhat now. One discovers that there's not anything close to perfection in corporate information systems and one quickly gives up any expectation that there ever will be anything close to perfection.
There are loads of reasons why one should lower their expectations of their information systems. Of course, that sounds heretical. It goes against "being optimistic" as if optimism is a legitimate "best practice." It contradicts everything that the salespeople will tell us. But perhaps the hardware, software and standards are a couple hundred years too primitive. Also, extremely intelligent human labor is required, and they have to operate with incredible teamwork. Perhaps a few highly motivational speeches will knock that problem out of the park along with a couple team-building challenge courses. Let's face it, nobody believes in that but people pretend.
I have been searching, mostly in vain, for a text that will be useful in examining the strategic relationship of business and IT. There were some fine books written in the eighties and early nineties, but very little wisdom has been written since the advent of the networked office and the networked economy. There's tons of e-blather out there, but most was written during the 1997-2000 Internet frenzy that distorted all perspectives. This book is the first to give thoughtful coverage to problems and solutions in the alignment of business needs and IT initiatives. It covers legacy issues, conversion and compatibility, examining typical problems, noted failures, and best-of-breed solutions. It's not full of some egghead professor's theories and paradigms that give new names to old issues; instead it covers relevant case studies to make genuine points. This is not a "how-to" manual, but it is an essential overview. Every CIO should read this, and every CEO should read this and then critically examine the CIO, the IT staff, and its relationship to the business. If you are reasonably intelligent, you don't need to be IT-trained to appreciate most of the authors' points. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is poorly organized and sentences are poor written. It's way too hard to read and understand the point the authors are trying to make. Read morePublished on September 18, 2002
The authors do a great job of addressing several issues relating to managing I.S. in a Corporate environment. Read morePublished on July 31, 2001