- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (March 23, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470095210
- ISBN-13: 978-0470095218
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is important reading. It offers practical, real-world insight and pragmatic no-nonsense approaches for people who have a stake in corporate IT. " - Lynda Applegate, Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
"Information systems and processes are very important parts of our due diligence assessment of a company - yet the jargon is often more difficult to understand than many foreign languages. Baschab and Piot effectively translate IT into words and concepts that business people can easily understand and act upon. This book is a helpful reference guide for corporate executives and private equity groups of all types."- Neal Aronson, Managing Partner, Roark Capital Group
"Business success increasingly depends on effective use of IT. Effective use of IT depends on the kind of in-depth, practical insight in this book. Baschab and Piot provide a pragmatic approach to information systems investment that should be required reading for senior executives and CIOs alike."- Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Professor of Management, Director of the Center for Digital Business, MIT
"This book should provide valuable guidance for management and technology consultants. The Executives Guide provides field-proven insight on all important aspects of IT planning and execution, from governance to applications to operations and infrastructure."- Gary J. Fernandes, former Vice-Chairman EDS, member of the Board of Directors, Computer Associates
"Baschab and Piot do a great job of laying out the fundamental issues and challenges that every IT organization faces. More often than not, the issues are not technical in nature, but are a reflection of how the IT and business teams work together to define, execute, and implement new business tools. The threshold issue is leadership. Oftentimes it is difficult for business leaders to feel that they have the skills and perspective to provide that leadership on technical projects. The Executive's Guide to Information Technology provides non-technical business leaders a solid framework for engaging with their IT peers."- Tom Nealon, CIO J.C. Penney
From the Inside Flap
The Executive's Guide to Information Technology, Second Edition is a practical, comprehensive guide to running a cost-effective, efficient,and business deliveryfocused corporate IT department. Eschewing the theoretical for the practical, the book gives managers the guidance they need to handle any problem effectively with specific policies, approaches, and tools for IT management functions.
Now revised to keep up with emerging trends and issues, this edition includes new research tools, industry information, case studies, and exercises, as well as a new Foreword by Nicholas Carr, author of Does IT Matter? Authors Baschab and Piot have also included new or updated coverage of such topics as security, outsourcing, and wireless technology innovation, making this the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to current practice.
Like the first edition, this revision presents all the techniques IT managers and senior executives need to accurately assess their current operations. Further, it offers a step-by-step improvement plan designed to raise productivity and service levels while reducing costs significantly. It examines the symptoms and causes of waste, inefficiency, and underperformance in typical IT departments and presents current and emergent best practices for transforming the department into a world-class organization.
Packed with prescriptive advice and hard-earned insight, this indispensable guide provides quick access to important information when you need it. With The Executive's Guide to Information Technology, Second Edition, IT managers and executives have access to all the vital information they need to master operations in this increasingly critical department in every modern organization.
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If you want to learn more about IT roles and responsibilities with discussion related to the daily operations of an IT organization this book provides a good overview.
This is NOT a worthwhile book for either business or IT executives, except perhaps as a guide for how NOT to address IT management issues. The first couple of chapters engage in relating "IT horror stories", with the explanations (many of them anecdotal) pointing the finger of failure squarely and entirely at IT; there's no suggestion that there's a shared responsiblity amongst senior management in terms of making IT work for a company. (In fact, the authors seem to view IT managment as having no place at the CxO level!) I easily spotted serious flaws in the premises and assertions for this books views on IT failures just in those early examples alone.
This book is simply taking advantage of frustrated executives who are angry at their IT departments by repeatedly placing all blame on the IT staff and management, generating a built-in emotional appeal to those whom are feeling the pain. The authors continually cite anecdotal and circumstantial evidence to support their specific views (their words, not mine), along with various "studies" designed to support the sense of urgency and alarm they're trying to communicate. Talk about red flags!
In one of many anecdotes they used, they had to "educate" senior management into paying more attention to IT by demonstrating that IT had the fourth largest budget in the company. What does this lack of knowledge regarding budget size at that level of management indicate? Any group of executives operating at a senior level that doesn't understand where their money is going is in big trouble. (Forget about the implied neglect of IT at that level - another sign of serious problems at the leadership level!) These business leaders need to learn how to manage themselves better before attempting to fix any IT management issues. Yet these inherent, critical observations are blithely bypassed... and the anecdote is then used as a springboard for the next recommendation; a general recommendation that organizations "Implement an IT steering committee as a "virtual CIO" to provide advice and leadership to the IT director"... and presumably, as you'll see below, the IT Director's replacement.
First of all, the role of a CIO (virtual or otherwise) isn't primarily advisory. Secondly, thoughout this book, they continually segregate IT management from senior management, implying that there is no place for IT management at the CxO table (except "virtually" by a committee of existing CxO level people). The preferred solution of a "virtual CIO" should be - at best - a band-aid while looking for a real CIO. When was the last time anyone saw a critical business unit run successfully by committee? As a senior manager, the idea that ANY critical business unit is better off being permanently directed by committee is anathema; not only does it remove accountability at the senior management level, it creates an automatic scapegoat in the existing IT management team. (In fact, the bullets below that one are all about "Upgrading management talent in IT" and having the committee "source the candidates and hire the new director as a senior manager instead of a senior programmer".)
There are *just* enough reasonable suggestions in this book to give it some stain of crediblity; but if you really want to know how to make your IT organization perform, I suggest you read "World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When Technology Triumphs", by Peter A. High. It's written for CIO's who want to know how to create world-class IT business units - but it also applies to CxO's and senior management, because it will provide you with a complete, sensible and solid roadmap of what to require from your IT management team, and how to measure it. It's primarily a non-technical book, and it cuts through all the nonsense by providing clear, usable, makes-sense plans for IT and it's role in your organization - including some extraordinarly excellent advice on when to outsource, what to outsource, and why to outsource.
If you decide to buy this book and read it, make sure you keep your salt-shaker handy... because you're going to need much more than the proverbial "grain of salt" with it.
I want to take it with me if I move on from here. This book is such a valuable reference and incorporates so many (expensive) well respected sources that it is well worth the $60 to me.
Very useful and I am planning to buy the next edition.
I found out about the book on Nicholas Carr's website where he recommended it...
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Two texts from Michael Porter, the book Competitive Strategy and the article What Is Strategy?, are essential for understanding the relationships among industry structure, firm strategy, and competitive advantage. An extremely lucid overview of the current state of thinking about business strategy can be found in Richard Whittington's What Is Strategy - and Does It Matter? Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad provide insight into the relationship between corporate capabilities and competitive advantage in their classic article The Core Competence of the Corporation.
On the technology side, Porter's Strategy and the Internet diagnoses the failures of e-strategy. Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian take a cold look at the economics of digital business in Information Rules. For a lively account of the commercial and social impact of the telegraph, see Tom Standage's The Victorian Internet. For a solid, practical overview of corporate information management today, consider Jon Piot and John Baschab's weighty The Executive's Guide to Information Technology.
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