David Taylor's Inside Track: Provocative Insights into the World of IT in Business [NOOK Book]


Never before has IT played such a significant role in transforming organisations, of all sizes. And yet it continues to be dominated by technical jargon, acronyms and irrelevant detail.

This book cuts through all of the confusion, and presents a clear, direct, solution based focus on the key IT/business issues facing every company and ...
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David Taylor's Inside Track: Provocative Insights into the World of IT in Business

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Never before has IT played such a significant role in transforming organisations, of all sizes. And yet it continues to be dominated by technical jargon, acronyms and irrelevant detail.

This book cuts through all of the confusion, and presents a clear, direct, solution based focus on the key IT/business issues facing every company and business leader today.

This book contains the complete, first fifteen months of David Taylor's highly acclaimed Computer Weekly column - Inside Track. With a reputation for cutting through the hype, David focuses on the IT/business and personal leadership agenda, covering such issues as:

* The key IT issues for the boardroom - in business language
* Actions to win in the new world of e-commerce - and get started today
* The successful new IT leader - the skills you and your company need to
* Quick solutions to long-term IT problems - they can be resolved
* How to motivate your people, and slash staff turnover - save a fortune on
recruitment costs
* True IT/business alignment - add real value to your bottom line

David Taylor is a leading authority on IT in business. He is President of the association of IT Directors, Certus, a reference partner to the UK Government's National Audit Office, and a registered expert with several global research companies. His overall aim is to enable people and organisations to be all that they can be, through the combination of world class technology, true leadership and the release of human potential. With a prestigious background across companies such as Rolls-Royce, Allianz and Cornhill, David has a driving, positive passion for IT in business, and a reputation for championing IT Directors who want to achieve board level positions in their organisations. David and his team work with FTSE 200 companies on winning in the new internet economy, with entrepreneurs starting new dot com ventures, and with CEOs, advising on the qualities they should seek in their IT leaders. A regular writer, television presenter and speaker, David gives keynote, leadership and IT presentations throughout the world. He lives with his wife, Rosalind and their two children, Anthony and Olivia, in Surrey.

Audience: IT/IS Managers/Directors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136006814
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Butterworth-Heinemann/Computer Weekly Professional Series ix
Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
Acknowledgements xvii
1 Beyond belief Supplier/business partnerships 1
2 What happens after what comes next? The future 4
3 Another initiative? Oh joy! Business focus 6
4 Beware of suspect packages Software strategy 8
5 Our ultimate challenge Skills/people 10
6 This is personal Personal well-being 12
7 Emotions must give way to reason Supplier/business partnerships 15
8 A date too far? Software strategy 17
9 If we are to attract the right people... Image of IT 19
10 Trading places E-commerce 21
11 Shall we dance? Y2K 23
12 Supplier fallout Supplier/business partnerships 25
13 Bad timing? Comment on legislation 28
14 IT Directors planning for recession The future 30
15 We are not alone! Personal networking 32
16 Design your destiny E-commerce 34
17 Euro ready - coming or not Euro 36
18 The IT director as king Role of IT director 38
19 A wolf in sheep's clothing Supplier/business partnerships 40
20 Promises promises Software strategy 42
21 Raising the standard Total cost of ownership 44
22 Volume over value Total cost of ownership 47
23 Where has all the training gone? Project management 49
24 A full twelve months The future 52
25 The lessons of success Project management 54
26 So much more than money Skills/people 56
27 League table 2000! Y2K 58
28 The elusive balance Skills/people 60
29 Murders and acquisitions Mergers and acquisitions 62
30 Take control of your own destiny Outsourcing 64
31 Post non-recession budget Budget prediction 66
32 Linux leaves school Software strategy 68
33 Future shock The future 70
34 Enough is enough Personal well-being 72
35 Bargain basement Software strategy 75
36 A time to talk Personal networking 77
37 Chaos or freedom? Total cost of ownership 79
38 Twenty-first century people Skills/people 82
39 Twenty-first century partnerships Supplier/business partnerships 85
40 Twenty-first century performance Business focus 88
41 Disaster reality Contingency planning 90
42 Avoiding the fault line Supplier/business partnerships 92
43 E-mail rage Communications 95
44 In need of a rebrand Image of IT 98
45 So what? Project management 100
46 Best sourcing Outsourcing 102
47 Local power Business focus 104
48 The Holy Grail Software strategy 106
49 The hidden costs Total cost of ownership 108
50 The new IT leader - skill-set Role of IT director 111
51 The new IT leader - next generation Role of IT Director 113
52 The new IT leader - pitfalls Role of IT director 115
53 The five flavours of IT director Role of IT director 117
54 Awaken the giants within Skills/people 120
55 A waste of valuable time Business focus 122
56 Board level value Business focus 125
57 The future is on their side Skills/people 127
58 Supplier emotion Suppler/business partnerships 129
59 Compliant or not? Y2K 131
60 E-government E-commerce 133
61 Don't dispute - learn to dance Supplier/business partnerships 135
62 Sorry has to be the hardest word Image of IT 137
63 Foundations for the future The future 139
64 One voice - one power Business focus 141
Appendix 143
Index 147
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