Techno Vision: An Executive's Survival Guide to Understanding and Managing Information

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"There's a fundamental disconnect between senior executives and technologists," observes Charles B. Wang, the outspoken CEO who grew Computer Associates International, Inc., from scratch into a $2.1 billion giant. "Technologists have to help educate executives, bring them in to understand what technology can do for the business. And executives have to educate technologists and include them as part of the business planning process." Based in part on a series of highly successful technology boot camps called "The CEO in a Wired World," Techno ...
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"There's a fundamental disconnect between senior executives and technologists," observes Charles B. Wang, the outspoken CEO who grew Computer Associates International, Inc., from scratch into a $2.1 billion giant. "Technologists have to help educate executives, bring them in to understand what technology can do for the business. And executives have to educate technologists and include them as part of the business planning process." Based in part on a series of highly successful technology boot camps called "The CEO in a Wired World," Techno Vision bridges the gulf between senior executives and chief information officers. It enlightens decision makers about long-term, business-directed technology. As Wang explains: "Understanding technology isn't the point; harnessing technology to business objectives is." Techno Vision masterfully and succinctly describes the technologies most relevant to executives - and puts them into an appropriate business context. Most importantly, Wang shows how to demystify and evaluate these concepts. "You've heard them all: client/server, CASE, object orientation," the author says. "But you've never heard it like this. I take no prisoners in my judgment of the myriad technologies competing for your attention." Peppered with anecdotes, definitions, a few exercises, and even a touch of humor, Techno Vision lives up to its promise as an executive survival guide. It helps you take the mystery out of technology ... understand the extent of the disconnect at your organization ... and set about realigning it. The big picture will take shape as Wang deftly dissects the component issues: addressing the dysfunctional partnership between business managers and technical managers; improving the relationship between CEO and CIO; transforming your organization's information technology function into a profit center; measuring technology ROIs (even when hard numbers aren't available); determining when to outsource; and getting the most from technology

This revolutionary book enlightens decision-makers about long-term business directed technology. It bridges the huge gap between CEOs and chief information officers, and shows how to synchronize business goals and technology goals.

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Barbara Jacobs
Not so long ago, it was considered a mark of status to be called a "techno dolt." These days, with kids more computer literate than many business executives and with the often-dreaded information superhighway well under construction, a comprehensive understanding of how high tech and business interrelate is mandatory. And Wang, former CEO of a software company, tries his best to articulate why and how CEOs need to be on intimate terms with their CIOs. Much of his philosophizing concerns Americans' resistance to change and the resulting "disconnect," or inability to tie information technology into the very foundations of the business. The first two thirds of the book deals with the benefits of computers and how to integrate them; the last part consists of a streamlined vocabulary and discusses the implications of such terms as "network computing" and "application development" for the corporate U.S. Unfortunately, the author's jumpy narrative and dry tone inhibit readability, and the liberal references to his consulting firm can be jarring. A great premise and promise--if readers can wade through the delivery.
Booknews
The series of workshops is for organizations that wish to undertake with Harbridge Consulting Group Ltd. management training, but lack their own in-house programs. Each one-day workshop is a complete training package, and includes a trainer's guide text section, a participant's guide section with reproducible exercises, and a collection of slides. The present workshop consists of an introductory session followed by sessions on the customer-focused organization, dimensions of customer service, knowing your customers, customer service, active listening, and planning ahead. Looseleaf in a 3-ring binder. Published in association Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070681552
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

A Special Acknowledgment
Additional Acknowledgments
Preface: Why I Wrote Techno Vision
How to Read This Book
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Disconnect 1
1 What on Earth Is Going on Here? 5
2 The Development of the Disconnect 9
3 What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate 23
4 Misinformation, Mythmakers, and Mayhem 31
5 The FUDGE Factor 41
6 How Disconnected Are You? 45
7 It's a Great Idea. I Don't Like It 53
8 Aligning Business Strategy and Information Technology Strategy 57
Pt. 2 Realignment 61
9 Foundations for Realignment 65
10 Ten Steps for Improved CEO/CIO Relationships 81
11 Putting It All Together 103
12 Lessons from "The CEO in a Wired World" Conferences 109
Pt. 3 Information Technologies 119
13 Computer Platforms 123
14 Database Management Systems 137
15 Graphical User Interface (GUI) 141
16 Downsizing and Rightsizing 145
17 Client/Server Computing 149
18 Network Computing 155
19 Application Development 159
20 Groupware 165
21 Business Issues 169
Pt. 4 Connect 183
22 If You Want Things to Change, You Have to Change Things 185
References 194
Index 196
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