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About the Author

Ira S. Sachs has extensive experience in enterprise and business architecture, information systems development, capital planning, strategic planning, business and software process analysis and reengineering, financial systems, and program management.  He leads High Performance Technologies, Inc.'s (HPTi, Reston, VA) Enterprise Architecture (EA) competency, assisting clients in planning and integrating enterprise-wide IT. 
"Performance Driven IT Management" is Mr. Sachs' first book, providing the benefit of his extensive career experience to readers worldwide.
Mr. Sachs is a recognized expert in EA, performance management, capital planning, and IT strategy; he speaks about these topics at conferences nationally and internationally.  Mr. Sachs was a key contributor to the development of IEEE Std 1016-2009, Systems Design--Software Design Descriptions, IEEE-Std-1471-2000  (now also ISO/IEC 42010:2007), Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-Intensive Systems.  He provided technical review on the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM). Additionally, Mr. Sachs was a section author for "CPIC Overview - The Definitive Guide to Completing the OMB Exhibit 300" (2008).  
Prior to HPTi, he was the architect for the U.S. Department of Education, leading the architecting and implementation of integrated information systems and associated capital and transition planning efforts. Mr. Sachs has also assessed large, mission-critical information systems for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and made recommendations to Congress for improving these systems, architectures, and supporting management processes. 
 Mr. Sachs was born in Baltimore, MD.  He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University Maryland.  He is married, has four sons, and lives in Derwood, MD.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Government Institutes (April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605907022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605907024
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,584,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IT project managers in the Federal Government always face two questions: Am I doing the right project and am I doing the project right? Books about Enterprise Architecture emphasize the former, while project management books emphasize the latter. What I like about "Performance-Driven IT Management" is that it addresses both. By linking project management best practices to achievement of well-defined business performance factors, Mr. Sachs links success in IT development to success in improving performance toward achieving agency mission. This is an important contribution.
The five pracitcal steps in "Performance-Driven IT Management" stress two key elements. First, they focus on developing a strategically aligned business case and IT architecture that support the desired business-performance outcomes. Second, they use the validation of this business case to manage system implementation and benefits realization.
One of the ideas we stressed when I was in the Enterprise Architecture shop at OMB was that advancing agency mission performance was paramount. If an IT shop couldn't make the business case for value to the agency's mission, the agency shouldn't invest in the IT project.
This concept is central to this volume. It contains most of what one needs to know to define and implement successful IT projects. I found it most helpful.
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