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IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain

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About the Author

Peter Weill is chairman of the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) at MIT. Ziff-Davis and eweek.com named him twenty-fourth of the 100 most influential people in IT. Jeanne W. Ross is director of MIT CISR and founding senior editor and former editor-in-chief of MISQ Executive, a journal for managers translating research findings into action.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422181014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422181010
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark P. McDonald VINE VOICE on June 6, 2009
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Based on its title IT Savvy, executives may look past this book as another IT advocacy book. You know the kind that says technology will fix everything. Don't make that mistake.

Weill and Ross have created a business book about IT with a clear and concise argument of the role, purpose and contribution IT makes to the enterprise. This is a book executives should read because it clearly states mostly in business terms how executives should think about, lead and fund IT.

Highly recommended for business executives, ignore the title and read the book. CIOs and IT executives should read the book as well and buy copies for their business peers. Corporate and IT strategists should read this book as it have several tools that will help them work together more effectively.

The book's principle term IT Savvy is defined as the ability to use IT to consistently elevate firm performance. It's a good workable definition, not so prescriptive as to lock out innovation, yet not so open as to mean anything to everybody. The book builds on this simple definition with a number of very powerful observations and statements that matter:

> You have to stop thinking about IT as a set of solutions and start thinking about integration and standardization. Because IT does integration and standardization well.

> IT Savvy firms have 20% higher margins than their competitors.

> You need an operating model before you can make sound investments in IT

> IT funding is important, as systems become the firm's legacy that influence, constrain or dictate how business processes are performed.
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As someone who has read all of the earlier books by these authors, I think this is the best one yet. The world is increasingly digital and IT is now essential to how we work, live and play. Success in business will only come to companies that master the management of IT. IT enables innovation in products, processes and business models, and the operating model is dependent on IT. Many business (non-IT) execs, struggle with what their role ought to be in managing this asset, typified by complexity and relentless change. This book, targeted at the senior business exec, focuses on a handful of key IT management processes that when well designed, implemented and executed will lead to what they term IT Savvy.

Immensely readable, the book explains the key concepts clearly, illustrates them with convincing examples from leading companies, and leaves you with an actionable agenda for raising the IT Savvy at your company. The ideas in the book are based on many years of research and are a durable set of management principles that when mastered will enable companies to successfully leverage IT.
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Weill/Ross' books are easy on the eye. This sort of book understands how CEOs think about IT and convince them on the possible hidden values of IT that many organizations don't realize. This book is obviously not just another a pro-IT book or anti-CEO book. It talks about integration to create VALUE. It also talks about cutting IT expenses as an effective tactical solution to organisations that suffer from IT. It talks about changing the organisational behavior rather than sending blames randomly or particularly to CIO.

This book is a must have for CEOs/CIOs and if you have a lazy CEO, I recommend summarizing some of the ideas to him/her to become an IT savvy.
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"IT Savvy" is a must-have book for every business leader seeking to gain competitive advantage through information technology, and for every Enterprise Architects charged with getting the most IT Value from IT investments.
Authors Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross deliver clear guidance to take your company from IT Challenged to IT Savvy. They distill into very readable form the methods and best practices from their prior two books: "Enterprise Architecture as Strategy" and "IT Governance".
Professors Weill and Ross demonstrate the importance of establishing a business operating model as the basis for IT investments. In the 7-Eleven Japan (SEJ) case study, they show how SEJ transformed IT from strategic liability to strategic asset.
With the business operating model in place, they explain why the IT Funding Model must be aligned, and how other successful companies accomplished this. In the BT case study, Weill & Ross show how the company's leadership fixed the IT Funding Model, created powerful outcome-oriented Business Cases, and achieved transparency into IT investments and results.
The authors then explain how to build the Digital Platform for business execution that enables, automates, and powers the business operating model. The Swiss Re case study shows how this company created its Digital Platform to manage global risk and enhance relationships with its global customers.
They then tackle the challenges of governing the IT Funding Model and individual investments as well as the Digital Platform and its IT estate. In the State Street case study, the authors show how this company employed their Chief Architecture Officer (CAO) and the Office Of Architecture to ensure architectural conformance.
Finally, the secrets to deriving and driving IT value from the Digital Platform are revealed.
If you want to know these secrets, you must buy "IT Savvy"!
__Joseph Starwood
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