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Disrupt IT: A new model for IT in the digital age by [Cox, Ian]
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  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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This is a self-printed book, or at least it feels like it is. The book is dry, very dry yet Cox's methods are common sense, easily understood and difficult to argue with. It's just the production quality of this book with it's poor printing and standard PowerPoint diagrams are all a bit too amateur.

Like other business books this could be condensed into something a quarter of the length, but that seems to be the norm these days.
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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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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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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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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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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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