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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Axin; 1 edition (9 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ICPWVYI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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 constructed a model of IT management driven by business outcome rather than technology. It's also one of the most impregnable books I've never finished.

Ian's new book Disrupt IT: A new model for IT in the digital age describes a structure and series of competencies that will make an IT function business outcome-focused in 2014 and beyond. It's thankfully written in a much more practical and conversational style than the hardcore academia of Ward and Peppard's, and as a positioning for IT leadership teams there is clear, sensible thinking here.

Cox describes how the landscape of technology in business has been transformed in recent years by the consumerisation of devices, the commoditisation of computing power and systems through the ubiquitous nature of the internet, and the resultant devolution of IT decision making out of the CIO's hands. In that world, IT management models that focus on centralised control of technology, rather than the procurement and delivery of services, are no longer fit for purpose.

To address this new set of challenges, Ian proposes a new set of core competencies for IT majoring on themes such as enterprise and data architecture and project management rather than tech in-depth. He then looks at how the CIO, the IT department and the overall organisation needs to change to make this a reality.

There's a way in which I found Cox's book a little depressing. The advice to CIO's in about their own approach can be summarised as "don't be a nerdy pillock and for heaven's sake go out and talk to people".
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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 produced a very useful book for everyone working in IT and interested in the way they can adapt to the future. He outlines the both the challenges and opportunities which disruptive technologies bring to businesses and the Technology leadership team.

The book rightly focuses on the contribution technology can make as a differentiator giving competitive advantage. This means that CIOs and their teams need to ensure that they have a broad view of the business and a focused view of what will make a difference. The customer experience and customer behaviour are central concerns of all businesses; Technology teams need to develop the skills to ensure that their organisation can use their understanding of behaviour to give a great customer experience.

Disrupt IT has a set of practical principles for IT & CIOs to measure ourselves against as we go on the journey from service provider to a key part of the organisation’s digital future. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking & Insightful 4 Mar. 2014
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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 a format that is easy to understand and digest however Ian has achieved this brilliantly with DisruptIT. Those across the organisation will instantly relate to the issues discussed and very quickly spot some personality traits from their own IT departments and their business.

I would recommend this book to those leading IT, working in IT and interacting with IT. Upon finishing the book you will have a very clear image in your mind of what the future has in store as well as an idea of how you can go about getting there.

Once again - great read.
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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 6 months ago by AO99
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for today's CIOs
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rob Fraser
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 10 months ago by Carl McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars The New CIO - disrupts and fights his way to a better organisation
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... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Colin Auxilion
5.0 out of 5 stars Disrupt yourself, before someone does it to you.
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... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brinley Platts
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for IT management
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by N Morgan
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 18 months ago by G-Lo
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