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The person who runs the company sees IS as being the provider of solutions. "Don't tell me about function point productivity. What we want is faster turnaround time for systems and we're not getting it!" The person who runs the IS division recognizes that it has a strategic role. "The management is locked into a 1980s timewarp—how do I persuade them that IS has more to offer than in the past?" The aim of the book is to step into the middle ground. It emphasizes the important role an IS manager plays in the development of the company strategy. It will show how the everyday problems need to be seen in a fresh perspective
that of balancing the competing pressures of business and technology. Get too far from the technology and too close to the business, and technology will pull you back. Get focused on technology and lose sight of the business, and the business will make sure you know about it. The goal of this book is to provide IS managers with balanced information to guide them. Why does it matter? Because, in many ways, the future of our organizations is in the hands of today's IS managers. Management Challenges in IS will help them make wise and thoughtful choices.
Partial table of contents:
The Importance of Effective Information Systems Management.
MANAGING IS IN THE ORGANIZATION.
Re-engineering the Corporation: Where Does IS Fit In?
Marketing Information Systems...
And Getting it Right.
MANAGING THE IS ORGANIZATION.
Re-tooling Information Systems: A New Vision for IS.
Managing the IS Infrastructure.
Human Resources Management for IS.
MANAGING IS PERFORMANCE.
Improving System Development Productivity.
MANAGING THE INFORMATION RESOURCE.
Managing IS Complexity.
Mining for Coprorate Information.
Managing Legacy Systems.
Preparing for the Millennium Change.
Information Systems Management and Your Organization.