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Going Corporate: A Geek's Guide 2011th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was going to give this book to a friend of mine who just graduated with a CS degree, to help him learn how large corporations operate. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I love a book that provides me with real tools and skills that I can
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