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How IT can be a business enabler

The fact that IT can transform businesses in radically different and more effective ways, is undisputed. Corporate information strategy and management focuses on how this transformation can be achieved.

Considering the fact that the path is strewn with erstwhile ambitious implementation failures, the radical enablement of business using IT is an uphill task. And this is especially true, when you consider the fast pace and increasing complexity of technology growth. The book uses case studies to illustrate the various caveats involved.

Divided into four modules, the book has twenty case studies (spanning almost all industry verticals). Topics dealt with in the modules include understanding of markets and business models; building the network economy; managing networked infrastructure and operations. The last module on managing and leading a networked IT organization is crucial for every CTO/CIO, since it deals extensively with topics like organization of IT functions, IT outsourcing management, implementation risks and project management issues.

This book can certainly be passed on to the business manager. Written with minimal usage of technological terms, it will also ensure lesser communication issues when justifying the next investment proposal. After all, a successful IT initiative is one in which the business also understands and participates actively.

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