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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 19 August 2009
Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross explain how non-IT managers can ensure their companies successfully build a digitised platform of business processes, IT systems, and data. Too many firms, the authors' show, end up with sets of isolated systems and business processes; as inelegantly bound together as cold spaghetti - difficult to adapt and expensive to maintain. Weill and Ross provide a framework that firms can follow to avoid this situation.

The book is written for business managers, but CIOs and IT managers will also find it useful. It's concise, informative, avoids IT jargon, and forsakes detailed discussion of current technologies, concentrating instead on strategy.

The authors' conclusions are based on their extensive research at MIT Centre for Information Systems Research, involving more than 1,800 companies in over sixty countries during the period 2000 to 2009; and the book also includes many illustrative case studies from companies such as UPS, Proctor & Gamble, Swiss Re and 7-Eleven Japan.

Weill and Ross show that the advantages companies gain from a strong digitised platform include:
* Greater alignment between needed strategic capabilities and implemented capabilities.
* Higher operational efficiency.
* Higher customer intimacy.
* Higher product leadership.
* Higher strategic agility.

The authors guide the reader through a strategy that starts with a consideration of which business processes to integrate and standardise. From this, an operation model is devised that allows management to focus attention on the strategic implications of the IT decisions. Options for building the digitised platform are discussed, and processes for funding and IT governance are also considered.

The writing is concise and contains a lot of advice and ideas; so reading this brief book (182 pages) does require concentration.

This book revises and refines ideas also discussed in the authors' earlier book Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution.
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on 21 December 2009
This useful book is clearly written and sharply focused; it stays right on message. As its subtitle indicates and its writing style reflects, executives are its target audience. Peter Weill and Jeanne W. Ross, researchers at the MIT's Sloan School of Management, provide the data leaders need to manage, fund and update their IT programs - information they gathered during field research at more than 1,000 companies. They sketch broad concepts, but don't shy away from a high level of abstraction. You may have to do some additional work before making decisions about realigning your IT structures, but this will position you to know what to consider. getAbstract recommends this book to every executive, since all top managers now must learn to thrive in an increasingly digital world and to understand information technology (IT) strategy. It will also assist IT specialists who must work with managers who are still building their strategic know-how for the digital age.
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on 19 June 2016
Great Book & Speedy Delivery!
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