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Disrupt IT: A new model for IT in the digital age [Kindle Edition]

Ian Cox
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Technology is being used to disrupt and reinvent markets, products and services. Disruptive technologies such as cloud, social and mobile are opening up a world of new possibilities for the digital business.

However, with these developments comes new pressures for IT; technology is now more accessible to non-IT staff, awareness and knowledge of its application within the enterprise has never been higher and, as a result, expectations about what can be achieved are higher too.

CIOs and IT functions are struggling to cope with these changes and risk being bypassed as a result. Shadow IT is growing and an increasing proportion of the organisation’s technology expenditure is held outside of the IT function. These factors are driving the need for a new model for IT; another significant step in the evolution of the CIO role and the IT function.

In Disrupt IT, Ian Cox draws on his experience as a CIO and as a consultant working with organisations to transform their IT functions to define a model for IT that meets the needs of the digital business. He also identifies seven principles that provide CIOs and Boards with a framework for building the IT capability their organisation needs to succeed in the digital age.

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I have known Ian for over 2 years and I am always amazed with his deep understanding of how IT and Business needs to be fused to add value to the front end of the business.

As Ian has addressed and my experience also entails that IT is left behind to address infrastructure and other non critical business functions, even these tasks are been diminished by cloud computing.
This book helps IT professionals to gain insight on how to align, manage and create interface with key stake holders to give them value and get back into the driving seat.

IT has become a much more democratic system and dispersed across the organisation with more reliance than ever before, the question is how do CIO's support the business and bridge gaps, Ian discussed this and offers systematic solutions and with his wealth of experience built over the years this is a book that should not be ignored.

Simple to read, not too large to digest and offers advice from years of experince.
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Ian has done a great job here summarising some essential points. The new CIO must sell the benefits of IT to the wider organisation and ensure IT are not just the guys on the third floor fixing laptops. IT is a strategic tool and one that can provide competitive advantage, IT facilitates growth, without innovative solutions researched and implemented by IT, the company is going nowhere. Ian's point about outsourcing anything that is not a differentiator sums up perfectly. You are not an IT company, don't let your IT department worry about minor details, think big picture, how can IT be used to make a difference, and do it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for IT management 9 April 2014
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Insightful view of IT engagement and how things will and need to change in the digital age.

Ian Cox has recognised the need to adapt and change in order for IT to re-align with the digital business model. Ian has demonstrated a level of understanding that is not apparent across the changing world of IT delivery and the challenges that are now presented. Ian’s approach and identification of new set of IT competencies is exactly what the IT world needs.

An excellent read and one that should be at the heart of any IT managers read list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for today's CIOs 10 Jan. 2015
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In this crisp analysis, Ian articulates the digital dilemma facing CIOs today. From it's beginnings in web technologies, the new digital imperative has created new business models and liberated businesses. By now CIOs should be central to their company's agenda, but for many this is increasingly not the case. Ian deftly deconstructs the challenges facing CIOs in the face of the digital revolution, and presents a call to arms for those ready to step up to the plate. Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disrupt yourself, before someone does it to you. 5 Jun. 2014
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Wonderful exposition of the impact of the digital tidal wave on traditional corporate IT. Ian Cox has written an insider's guide to how corporate IT leaders need to step up, and a warning to big business who choose to leave digital leadership to others.
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This book is a clear, concise and practical guide for any CIO like me who needs to transform both themselves and their organisation to succeed in the digital economy. It is equally as applicable to any business leader to help understand the type of technology leader they need.

As a seasoned IT leader, Ian outlines the key steps to take to make the successful journey from the traditional "Service Provider" IT department model to being a "Technology and Services Broker" in partnership with the business to deliver value by unlocking the opportunities the digital world presents.

I have insisted that everyone inside my organisation should read this refreshingly engaging book - you should do the same!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book for CIO's or anyone working with CIO's
Published 5 months ago by AO99
5.0 out of 5 stars he provided a fantastic presentation and the book just builds on some...
I bought this book after seeing the author at a seminar, he provided a fantastic presentation and the book just builds on some very interesting ideas that work in real life.
Published 9 months ago by Carl McLaren
4.0 out of 5 stars Structure and strategy for the future of the IT department
Over a decade ago I was introduced to a book that had a major influence over my subsequent career. Strategic Planning for Information Systems by John Ward and Joe Peppard... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Matt Ballantine
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking & Insightful
As someone who has recently moved into a 'shadow IT' role this book was a fascinating read.

It can be complex to organise a large number of thoughts and strategies into... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, thought provoking and timely look at the role of IT
Ian has produced a very useful book for everyone working in IT and interested in the way they can adapt to the future. Read more
Published 17 months ago by K J Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars A new direction for the IT/IS function.. High recommend...
Ian Cox (experienced CIO, strategist & highly regarded thought leader) who's blogs & articles I follow with interest, discusses the challenges the IT function faces in the digital... Read more
Published 17 months ago by G-Lo
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