Is your IT system an asset or a hindrance to your organization's success?
More important, can you tell the difference?
Unlike other well-recognized professions, information technology is still in its infancy. Organizations have little hesitation in paying attorneys, accountants, or business strategists for their expertise. As individuals, we don't blink an eye while paying for a physician's opinion of our health. Yet business executives rarely think to request a professional opinion from an IT consultant. If organizations wish to succeed in the future, however, this practice needs to change.
Business owners and executives often see IT departments as financial drains and necessary evils rather than as additions of value to their organizations. And IT professionals stereotypically are unable to effectively communicate the benefits of IT investments to the organization due to limited "soft" skills. But both have responsibilities to establish more-effective communication and understanding so that overall goals can be aligned.
In this book you will gain an understanding of how IT systems and tools can offer your organization the best chance to succeed. Additionally, you will appreciate the value of IT assessments and professional consultations. In today's global market, information is indeed the most valuable commodity. Knowing how to best manage your organization's information with effective and efficient IT systems is therefore essential. This book aims to equip you with this valuable knowledge and enable you to achieve the success you desire.
- David Papp, March 2011
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