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The Effective CIO: How to Achieve Outstanding Success through Strategic Alignment, Financial Management, and IT Governance

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In a business world of uncertain budgets, relentless technology changes, scarce management talent, and intense production demands, theory is good, but practice sells. The Effective CIO: How to
Achieve Outstanding Success through Strategic Alignment, Financial Management, and IT Governance
is all about practice, successfully delivering the nuts-and-bolts for effective governance execution. It helps to dissolve the negative image many CIOs have as remote, purely rational decision ...

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Overview

In a business world of uncertain budgets, relentless technology changes, scarce management talent, and intense production demands, theory is good, but practice sells. The Effective CIO: How to
Achieve Outstanding Success through Strategic Alignment, Financial Management, and IT Governance
is all about practice, successfully delivering the nuts-and-bolts for effective governance execution. It helps to dissolve the negative image many CIOs have as remote, purely rational decision machines, while demonstrating how to improve quality and throughput in your business.

This authoritative text includes governance checklists, sample IT controls, merger and acquisition recommendations, and a detailed framework for IT policies. Authored by two highly regarded IT management experts, the book provides not only a survey of existing strategies, but also includes detailed problem-solving ideas, such as how to structure optimal IT and telecom contracts with suppliers, the implications of SOP-98, and accounting for software costs.

The book seamlessly brings together two perspectives - that of a working CIO who must cope with day-to-day pressures for results, and that of an IT audit consultant with a special focus on governance and internal control. Unlike many other CIO-related books that merely discuss strategies, The Effective CIO includes easy-to-follow guidelines and governance principles that can be implemented immediately.

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a great read. … really does a thorough job covering what it means to be an effective CIO in plain terms. Brown and Yarberry include in The Effective CIO numerous visuals to support their key concepts which they further strengthen with practical examples I am sure every CIO can understand. … contains eight resource Appendices which provide very useful examples that can be adapted for use in nearly every shop. Most of the appendices deal with areas of risk management including IT risk assessment, IT key controls, Policy examples, and due diligence for M&A. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I found that I agreed with what the authors chose as being important to CIO effectiveness and the relative emphasis given to the different elements. I thought they spent enough time on their topics while keeping things moving along at a good pace which is always important. … What I really appreciated more than anything in The Effective CIO was the attention given to Enterprise Architecture. Enterprise Architecture was presented as an integral part of IT strategy and included a solid explanation for its development out of business architecture. … With so much attention n the CIO profession being paid to the role of the CIO and being a more strategic CIO, The Effective CIO is a great book for anyone dealing with these concerns.
—The Higher ED CEO, February 2012

View the full review at: http://blog.thehigheredcio.com/2012/02/06/book-review-the-effective-cio/

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420064605
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric J. Brown is the executive vice president and CIO of NCI Building Systems, Inc. He has more than 20 years experience implementing global IT solutions throughout Asia Pacific, the EU, and Middle Eastern regions.

William A. Yarberry, Jr., CPA, CISA, is president of ICCM Consulting LLC based in Houston, Texas. He has more than 30 years experience in a variety of IT-related services including application development, internal audit management, outsourcing negotiations, administration, and Sarbanes-Oxley consulting.

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Table of Contents

Core Skills and Career Development
Information Technology Governance
Information Technology Finance
Project Management
Creating Good Enough Code
Enterprise Architecture
Mergers and Acquisitions
Sourcing
Business Intelligence and Analytics
Security
Training
Effective Use of Consultants
Operations
Futures
CIO Interviews
Appendices
A. Examples of Key IT General Controls
B. Examples of Key IT Application Controls
C. Project Management Artifact Examples
D. IT Risk Assessment Checklist
E. Due Diligence Checklist for Mergers and Acquisitions (Business)
F. Due Diligence Checklist for Mergers and Acquisitions — IT
G. Example IT Policies and Direction for "XYZ Corp"
H. Recommended Reading

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    Expert advice for becoming a business-savvy CIO

    Too often, technical virtuosi believe their skill entitles them to a seat in the executive suite. But both companies and chief information officers (CIOs) benefit when CIOs have finance and project-management chops in addition to technical knowledge. Information technology experts Eric J. Brown and William A. Yarberry Jr. explain why IT "governance" is necessary and why IT systems must match corporate strategy. Their discussion of the contribution of IT due diligence to the success of mergers and acquisitions is particularly valuable, since the failure to do such research dooms many M&As. They offer good advice on how to choose which functions to outsource, how to select vendors and what to look for in consultants. Whether you are a current or aspiring CIO, getAbstract suggests that you use this terrific handbook to learn how you can make a strong business contribution through technology. One note: Although Brown and Yarberry's work is certainly accessible to a general business audience, their focus on IT with its accompanying jargon may make their guide somewhat tough going for those outside its target audience.

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