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The Technology Garden: Cultivating Sustainable IT-Business Alignment / Edition 1

The Technology Garden: Cultivating Sustainable IT-Business Alignment / Edition 1


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ISBN-13: 9780470724064
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/31/2007
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.45(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Jon Collins has nearly 20 years of experience in IT. Jon hasworked as an industry analyst for over 7 years, for companiesincluding Quocirca, Bloor Research and IDC. He has acted as anadvisor to leading vendors including Cisco, EMC, IBM and Microsoft,and to large IT user organisations in the Government,Telecommunications and Financial Services sectors.

Neil Macehiter is one of the founders of MacehiterWard-Dutton, an IT advisory firm focused firmly on the challenge ofIT-business alignment. He has almost 21 years of experience in theIT industry, having worked in consulting, product and technologystrategy roles for vendors.

Dale Vile is the research director of Freeform Dynamics.He specialises in monitoring how IT industry developments map ontopractical business needs in the Enterprise and SMB mainstream.

Neil Ward-Dutton is the other founder of MacehiterWard-Dutton. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry- in a mixture of consulting and industry analysis roles. Hestarted his career as a business analyst at ICI, and then spent anumber of years as a software engineer working for one of the UK'sleading software consultancies at the time, Praxis.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction.

2. The current realities of business and IT.

3. The IT organisation must get the basics right.

4. Create a common language.

5. Establish a peer relationship between business and IT.

6. Work towards coordinated goals and objectives.

7. Manage IT as a business-driven portfolio.

8. Foster relationships with key IT suppliers.

9. Applying the principles.

Appendix IT–business alignment scorecard toolkit.


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