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Going Corporate: A Geek's Guide 2011th Edition

2.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1430237013
ISBN-10: 1430237015
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About the Author

Shailendra Kadre is a senior IT and management consultant from Bangalore, India. He is the author of a 2011 Apress book, Going Corporate: A Geek’s Guide, which covers IT operations management and the business aspects of IT. He has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, IT delivery and operations, program management, pre-sales, enterprise sales, and business analytics. Currently, he is working with Hewlett-Packard India as a solutions consultant. His current interests include business analytics and enterprise printing solutions.Shailendra earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He lives in Bangalore with his wife Meenakshi, daughter Neha, and son Vivek. He can be contacted at shailendrakadre@gmail.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2011 edition (June 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430237015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430237013
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,445,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
There is no doubt about it, the author has some valuable, real world experience to share. What I liked the most are some examples given in the book, such as page 37 on "understanding client business requirements" and page 97 on "RFP." These examples shows how important and challenging to manage and win a project.

There are numerous issues with this book that makes it more like a MBA term paper. First, it reads like a summary of a dozen other business school textbooks, topics are all over the place--from financial balance sheet looks to SWOT analysis, from cloud computing to write a business proposal. None of the chapter goes in depth on any of them. Second, the layout of the book is not appealing. The chapter title font size is way too big, some chapter titles covered almost the entire page. Well, this is not really has much to do with the author, but more related to the designer. Some font styles do not go well together either. Not sure what happened here, all other Apress books are really nicely done in this aspect. Third, people like to see how things get done in the real world and the examples in the book are great. The problem is that they are few and far between. Most of the materials on stayed on the concept/definition level. Which makes it looks like a research paper. For someone new to the IT sphere, this book maybe useful to get some concepts and ideas.
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Format: Paperback
The only book I've ever seen with a more misleading title was "The Neverending Story," which, contrary to its title, actually ends. While "Going Corporate" is about corporations, it has very little to do with moving ahead in corporate America. It is a hodgepodge of anecdotes and tidbits of information loosely strewn together lacking any coherent purpose or mission.

The title and description led me to believe the book would be about learning how the corporate world works and advancing your career from entry level to CIO and everything in between. It's not. This book is generally geared for an international audience, towards a programmer or software developer working for an outsourced firm in IT. The business examples and case studies focus on million and billion dollar projects dealing with the Fortune 500 and up.

The writing style is short, choppy and stilted and it's clear the author's primary language is not US English. In many parts of the book the language is archaic and inappropriate making references to someone's superiors and "class". These terms are generally avoided in the US and we prefer to describe a person's supervisor. While Kadre was the primary author, outside writers were used for some chapters and portions making for a inconsistent theme and style between chapters.

The content of the book is difficult to comment on because it was so difficult to understand. Multiple case studies with diagrams that had nothing to do with IT and computing made it easy to skip some parts and it was a quick read. Simplification of microeconomics, macroeconomics and investing were not useful or relevant to IT (and how exactly does understanding economic theories help you move up the corporate ladder?
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This is an excellent book written for technology professionals aspiring to become managers in near future. This book will help you in your job if you are recently promoted. Before reading this book it's important to set the expectations right. This book discusses skill sets like application modernization, project management, delivery and program management; service delivery management, portfolio management, IT Operations, strategic management and IT so on and so forth. These type of skills are required my the professionals in junior and middle management professionals working in the American corporates. These managers need to work in international teams, manage big projects and maintain existing fleet of applications. Inviting and evaluating bids from international vendors like IBM and Accenture may also be a part of their job. Strategic thinking of top management affects IT in a big way. It has a big effect on day-to-day working of professionals managing IT. This book covers all these topics in depth with diverse case studies and real time business cases. Even professionals who are working in smaller start ups currently may move on to big corporate in some part of their lives. This book can understand to help them, what to expect once they are in such positions.

Initially I was a bit apprehensive about the book. Not sure what to expect? Being a hardcore techie, I sometimes ignored on the business angle of projects being discussed in weekly meetings by managers. Very often I used to get confused. My mind was popping questions like "I am right but still why my suggestions are not getting due consideration?", "Why customer is not convinced and accepting my solution?", "Why the latest technology suggestions by me were getting ignored?
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Format: Kindle Edition
Book is straight forward but reads like a thesis or term paper in some regards. I did find chapter 8 about cloud computing somewhat interesting as this is new technology. I don't agree with what the author wrote about cloud computing but he did hit some aspects that one should consider about using the cloud.

In the future I might return to this book for reference but I don't think it would be my go-to book or first choice reference book. For the price though this is a book worth getting as it did provide some food for thought and presented business concepts with an IT slant
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