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  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (7 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470018534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470018538
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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does a great job describing the issues of valuegeneration within IT the way it is structured today. ( Financial Times, Wednesday 5th March 2008)


does a great job describing the issues of valuegeneration within IT the way it is structured today. ( Financial Times, Wednesday 5th March 2008)

solid analysis of the challenges of IT managementtoday and a well–structured guide on how to progressively movebeyond them. Information Age April 2008

solid analysis of the challenges of IT managementtoday and a well–structured guide on how to progressively movebeyond them. Information Age April 2008

"...very well written in an easy to read format...of value toanyone aspiring to a senior managerial position" (HealthInformatics Now, December 2008)

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The IT Value Stack: A Boardroom Guide to IT Leadership

Successful IT value realisation is a cloudy subject. This inpart contributes to the overall dissatisfaction many organisationshave with IT. This book tackles the subject of IT value realisationhead on. Most importantly it provides a model to help CIOs andbusiness leaders maximise the return on their IT investment. Thebook covers:

  • The IT Value Stack Model
  • Business–IT strategy entwinement
  • Process–IT entwinement
  • User–technologist entwinement
  • Technology management
  • IT service management
  • Circulation management
  • Value management.
  • Valuable input from influential contributors from the end–user,technology and advisory communities.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Taylor on 26 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book is aimed at a fairly high-level audience and makes a case for better integration, or "entwinement", of technology into businesses. Ade can come across somewhat opinionated but he gives you fair warning of this right up front and he has clearly put his ideas into practice enough to feel confident in them.

Ade's premise is that IT is often viewed through a cost-focus lens or with a view to assigning blame for problems. As such, its ability to positively impact business is limited and IT can seem to be an immature business function. In particular it can be hard to assign value to IT so as to correctly manage investments in IT. Ade lays makes his case, details his process and then wraps up with a nice "to do" list at the end. The 7 steps in his model (in order of adoption) are:

1. Strategy Entwinement
2. Process Entwinement
3. People Entwinement
4. Technology Management
5. Service Management
6. Circulation Management
7. Value Management

Ade's perspective is that these must be addressed in order and that each builds on the previous. There is lots of good stuff in the book and he lays out each chapter consistently. He is clearly trying to make each chapter reach coherently stand-alone, and he succeeds, but it gets a little repetitive if you read it quickly end to end. Each chapter also has some comments on the importance of the concepts written by external experts and colleagues of Ade's, which adds some nice color.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hidas on 9 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about IT for board members. It contains many interesting themes and viewpoints though they are often of the kind "this is how things should be". Nevertheless, I feel the intended audience will not get past the introduction. Perhaps the book is better suited as a tool in the hands of CIOs or consultants who want to explain matters to their board. All in all I do not think the book will make much difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Sparks on 27 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the first business book I have encountered that links IT to businessat the boardroom level. Interestingly the book sees IT value management as aproblem that reaches out beyond the IT department. Ade's IT Value Stackmodel addresses issues such as business strategy, process management,governance and most importantly people. One of his key assertions is thatbusiness leaders need to embrace IT and not abdicate responsibility to theIT department. The IT Value Stack provides a simple framework to help bothbusiness and IT leaders generate more business value through IT. I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Cocke on 2 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
Successful strategies rely on the fusion of deep business thinking and enabling technologies, and getting the relationship right is vital. Ade's book helps me understand how this can be done. I spend a lot of time talking with CEOs and find his book a valuable reference point, giving me insights into the different perspectives and challenges across organisations, and reminding me of the contributions IT delivers - when wisely leveraged"

Ben Cocke, Director, Ascension Consulting (ascensionconsulting.co.uk)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Timoney on 16 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
I recommend Ade McCormack's book to both business leaders and technologists. The fundamental premise, that the value of IT is ultimately down to how well the IT function and the business work together, is hardly novel, but the systematic way in which Ade deals with this, explaining the how as well as the why, is insightful and of practical help. I was particularly impressed by his thoughts around the more nebulous areas of the "stack", namely "circulation management" and "value management."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Boyles on 20 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ade clearly analyses the problems in most businesses relations with their IT departments and indicates how much potential is remaining unrealised for want of a small amount of management focus. The difference with other books of this type is not only has Ade analyse the problems but he has produced a framework for potential solutions.

It is now up to both sides to grasp the nettle if IT is truly to fulfill its business potential
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