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

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Overview


Digitization of business interactions and processes is advancing full bore. But in many organizations, returns from IT investments are flatlining, even as technology spending has skyrocketed.

These challenges call for new levels of IT savvy: the ability of all managers-IT or non-IT-to transform their company's technology assets into operational efficiencies that boost margins. Companies with IT-savvy managers are 20 percent more profitable than their competitors.

In IT Savvy, Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross-two of the world's foremost authorities on using IT in business-explain how non-IT executives can acquire this savvy. Concise and practical, the book describes the practices, competencies, and leadership skills non-IT managers need to succeed in the digital economy. You'll discover how to:

-Define your firm's operating model-how IT can help you do business

-Revamp your IT funding model to support your operating model

-Build a digitized platform of business processes, IT systems, and data to execute on the model

-Determine IT decision rights

-Extract more business value from your IT assets

Packed with examples and based on research into eighteen hundred organizations in more than sixty countries, IT Savvy is required reading for non-IT managers seeking to push their company's performance to new heights.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422181010
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 310,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Recommended

    The book delivers a concise directive on the importance of adapting to the digital world and the challenges companies face to do so. The authors offer several case examples of the successes and failures, which shed light on the process. More importantly, the authors detail strategies and specific instructions on how to approach it. The book is a great resource for all executives - especially those who fear they have a lack of IT know-how. Simplistic and an easy read, I highly recommend taking the time to read it.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    Expert overview of IT strategies

    This useful book is clearly written and sharply focused; it stays right on message. As its subtitle indicates and its writing style reflects, executives are its target audience. Peter Weill and Jeanne W. Ross, researchers at the MIT's Sloan School of Management, provide the data leaders need to manage, fund and update their IT programs - information they gathered during field research at more than 1,000 companies. They sketch broad concepts, but don't shy away from a high level of abstraction. You may have to do some additional work before making decisions about realigning your IT structures, but this will position you to know what to consider. getAbstract recommends this book to every executive, since all top managers now must learn to thrive in an increasingly digital world and to understand information technology (IT) strategy. It will also assist IT specialists who must work with managers who are still building their strategic know-how for the digital age.

    To learn more about this book, check out the following link: http://www.getabstract.com/summary/12266/it-savvy.html

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