The Technology Garden: Cultivating Sustainable IT-Business Alignment / Edition 2

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Overview

Many IT deployments fall short of delivering value to the businesses that pay for them. On top of this, the combined forces of rapid business change and technological innovation frequently outpace the ability of IT organisations to make sense of their implications. With business activity and IT now so intimately intertwined, organizations urgently need a framework which allows them to align IT capabilities with business strategies and priorities in a way that is sustainable.

A team of IT-expert authors with more than 80 years' combined experience have interviewed dozens of CIOs, IT Directors and other senior technical and business decision makers to find out what works and what doesn't. The result is a handbook for organizations of all sizes that want to improve the value of their IT investments, thus enabling their IT capabilities to play a more pivotal business role. Written in plain English that does not descend into technical detail, The Technology Garden provides practical advice for organisations looking to achieve sustainable IT-business alignment. To do so, it defines: Six key principles - a distillation of best practice that readers can apply directly to the domain of IT-business alignment, A framework for their application - a pragmatic roadmap for the application of the principles, Adoption guidelines - a set of self-assessment checklists that readers can use to understand where they are on the IT-business alignment roadmap and how to progress. With groundbreaking research and proven approaches, this blueprint enables readers to understand what is at the heart of IT-business alignment. Combining IT research, analysis and real-world insight, The Technology Garden is theultimate no-nonsense guide.

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"The Technology Garden is a refreshingly succinct example of its genre". (Information Age, June 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470724064
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Collins has nearly 20 years’ experience working in IT.  He speaks regularly at IT conferences (keynote at Storage Expo) and writes a number of trade publications including Silicon.com and The Register.  He is the author of numerous reports and articles on IT.  Jon has an end user background, having worked as an IT consultant, network manager and software engineer. He is now a principle analyst at Macehiter Ward-Dutton – an IT research and analysis company that focuses on Business/IT alignment.

Dale Vile is Research Director at Freefrom Dynamics, a leading IT research and analysis company.  He specializes in monitoring how IT industry developments map onto practical needs in the Enterprise and SMB mainstream.  Prior to this role, Dale was responsible for setting up and directing a primary research over a 4-year period, serving the needs of blue chip clients such as IBM, Microsoft and Cisco.  Dale’s career has involved a combination of technical, management and business development roles.

Neil Macehiter is a founder of Macehiter Ward-Dutton (MWD), an advisory form focused on the challenge of IT-business alignment.  He has almost 20 years’ experience of the IT industry having worked in consulting, product and technology strategy roles.  Neil joined Ovum consulting practice advising clients on a variety of IT strategy issues and then became the Director of Software Infrastructure Research. He has acted as an advisor to leading vendors such as IBM and Microsoft.

Neil Ward-Dutton is co-founder of MWD.  With over 15-years’ experience of the IT industry – in a mixture of consulting and industry analysis roles.  He started his career as a business analyst at ICI.  A decade on, he was directing all the company’s technology research programs – but his ambitions turned to new pastures, and in early 2005 he founded MDW.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     1
The current realities of business and IT     13
The IT organisation must get the basics right     29
Create a common language     47
Establish a peer relationship between business and IT     71
Work towards coordinated goals and objectives     89
Manage IT as a business-driven portfolio     109
Foster relationships with key IT suppliers     127
Applying the principles     145
IT-business alignment scorecard toolkit     173
Index     187
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