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30 review for Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT

  1. 4 out of 5

    Iwan

    First off, I bought this book as I loved the CIO Paradox and was looking forward to new insights on the topic. Currently involved in Agile Transformations and coaching SMB's in using IT more effectively instead of efficiently I was interested in reading on how IT can position itself as 'The Business'. Unfortunately this is merely a book full of quotes with embellishments recorded by the author. Unlike the CIO Paradox, this book doesn't provide any insights as to what to do to actually become the First off, I bought this book as I loved the CIO Paradox and was looking forward to new insights on the topic. Currently involved in Agile Transformations and coaching SMB's in using IT more effectively instead of efficiently I was interested in reading on how IT can position itself as 'The Business'. Unfortunately this is merely a book full of quotes with embellishments recorded by the author. Unlike the CIO Paradox, this book doesn't provide any insights as to what to do to actually become the business being IT. It does tell the stories of some CIO's that apparently succeeded. I say apparently, because the author leaves us readers dangling. In addition, she also fails in describing the commonalities between the interviewed CIO's and their approach towards the topic. That said, there are some extremely interesting insights from some CIO's that struck a cord with me, and I immediately understood the value of these in my day to day activities. That's why this is a 3 star book and not a 2 star.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dieter Verlaeckt

    No major revelations, but interesting for any CIO to read about what other CIOs (from multinationals) are thinking about the current state of IT and where we are headed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Who is accountable for IT in a modern business? What role does IT play? Are boundaries still mixed and thus opportunities being lost? All this and more is considered in this interesting book that looks at the role IT leadership can and should have in a company and what changes IT leaders may need to do to remain relevant in this brave new world. It can sound a dry and esoteric subject to an outsider, but the author has expertly weaved together a host of disciplines, experiences, research and opin Who is accountable for IT in a modern business? What role does IT play? Are boundaries still mixed and thus opportunities being lost? All this and more is considered in this interesting book that looks at the role IT leadership can and should have in a company and what changes IT leaders may need to do to remain relevant in this brave new world. It can sound a dry and esoteric subject to an outsider, but the author has expertly weaved together a host of disciplines, experiences, research and opinion together to make a fascinating, essential book. This is a book that does generate much thought! IT is no longer something confined to the “IT department”, the world and his dog can have an opinion about IT and how to make it better. Add in the “new media” disciplines such as web design and ecommerce and throw in some industrial automation for good measure and soon there are lot of people trying to stir the IT stew. Larger companies, in particular, still need strategic guidance and leadership for their IT, but the nominal IT head might not be getting the visibility and internal respect that they need and deserve. So this book may help on many levels. It can let the CIO or similar leader evolve their organisation to utilise and integrate all technology within the company and it may let other managers see how they do not need to fear losing part of their domain by cooperating with the IT department. As IT is more and more an integral part of a company’s operational DNA, it is essential that all areas can function efficiently, accurately and support each other. The author is direct. This is not an “instant solution” guide but it does help you work on identifying and formulating a strategy that you can seek to get buy-in with. The book though draws you in (no matter what your job title may be) and it helps focus your thoughts towards the company’s IT operational requirements. It just felt to a powerful, sympathetic and actionable sort of book. It is something that senior management should consider to help them view their company’s operational landscape going forward. For senior IT people, it gives you the benefit of a knowledgeable consultant, mentor and guide by your side. It may be a bit of a specialist read but it is capable of having much broader appeal and impact if you allow it to. Autamme.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexandre

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andre Carvalho

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Anderson

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    Drew

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    Karl Kilgi

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    David Simmeth

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    Martin

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    Raul Alberto Caceres

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    Peter Bartho

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    Madhav

  14. 5 out of 5

    MITCHELL ODELL

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joel Gibbons

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam Marsh

  17. 5 out of 5

    Narayana Nadiminti

  18. 4 out of 5

    Journeyman58

  19. 4 out of 5

    aperanton

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrés Medina López

  21. 5 out of 5

    Martin Bartovsky

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryusuke

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doug Inman

  25. 5 out of 5

    John-James McChesney

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    Todd Purifoy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ankur

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Jarrell

  29. 4 out of 5

    VENKATRAMAN C K

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mahmood Hanif

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