CIO Wisdom: Best Practices from Silicon Valley

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This is the practical survival guide for every CIO and IT manager who is fighting the battle to do more with less. Covers everything from budgeting and measuring, to planning, sourcing, and architecture. Each chapter is introduced with a real-life story that shows how the common themes that have emerged from each author's unique experiences are related. The critical skills that every IT manager needs to master are covered in detail with real-life insights and practical examples. Whether your IT organization is wrestling with outsourcing maintenance issues, or critical infrastructure problems, the solutions you need can be found in this book.

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What it takes to be a truly great CIO... from the IT leaders who know best

What does it take to get to the top in IT today, stay there, and thrive? How do you realign IT to maximize business value, and become a full strategic partner in the organization's most crucial decisions? CIO Wisdom brings together answers from 20 of the world's most successful senior IT executives. Based on their extraordinary private discussions over the past five years, it covers every facet of IT leadership: planning, budgeting, sourcing, architecture, strategy, and much more. If you're an IT leader-or you intend to become one-it's the most important book you'll read this year.

  • What really works right now
  • Taking charge: Creating a 90-day tactical plan-and an intelligent long-term strategy
  • Refocusing IT on your company's core business drivers
  • Leading IT in today's rapidly evolving "extended enterprise"
  • Deciding what to outsource-and managing your outsourcing relationships
  • Implementing the ten metrics most critical to IT success
  • Setting priorities when infrastructure costs are rising and resources are declining
  • Evolving the leadership style that works best for you-and your organization
  • Coping with the incredible personal pressures of IT leadership
  • Addressing the unique challenges that face women in IT's upper echelons

The authors' profits from this book will support a scholarship program for underprivileged students planning IT careers

About the Author:

DEAN LANE is Senior Director of Information Technology at Symantec Corporation. Prior to joining Symantec, he served as a CIO four times at companies such as Plantronics, Masters Institute, and Allied Signal.

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