How to Write a Great Information Technology Strategic Plan - and Thrill Your Ceo

Author: Thomas S. Ireland

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781468177640

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 100

View: 5384

This book is written for the strategic planner who, if they do their job right, makes it possible for the rest of us to stay employed. Their ability to clearly envision the future of the marketplace, the competition and the enterprise means the difference between long term success and failure. The strategic planner's skill is vital and their decisions may be of broader consequence than those of most others in the organization. Their ability to put all this information into a concise, clear, energizing, action oriented Vision Statement can make the difference between organizational success or failure over the long term. The purpose of this book is to pass along the result of a series of business and personal experiences and the teachings and guidance of some great mentors. Those experiences and mentors combined over time to provide a set of skills and knowledge about how to develop simple, clear information technology strategic plans supporting long term enterprise objectives. Along the way I've developed a set of rules that are useful for strategic planners and leaders. This book presents a streamlined planning tool for the information technology strategic planner that can be used effectively in any type of organization whether it is a corporation, non-profit or government enterprise. Through a series of logical steps it requires the technology planner to first understand the vision, infrastructure and operation of the enterprise they are supporting. Using this information a complementary vision and infrastructure are developed for the IT group supporting the enterprise. The desired objective is an IT plan that not only supports, but also enhances, the ability of the enterprise to achieve its business or competitive objectives. An excellent tool that results is a one page Guiding Document that states in clear terms the Strategic Target, the Benefits provided by the Strategic Plan, and the Action Items that will be taken by the team to achieve those Benefits. This planning methodology has successfully been used by the author for more than a decade.

Harvard Business Review on Aligning Technology with Strategy

Author: Harvard Review

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422171973

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 6630

Most companies waste billions of dollars on technology. Don't be one of them. If you need the best practices and ideas for unleashing technology's strategic potential--but don't have time to find them--this book is for you. Here are eight inspiring and useful perspectives, all in one place. This collection of HBR articles will help you: - Clarify corporate strategy with your IT department - Fund only IT projects that support your strategy - Transform IT investments into profits - Build one technology platform for your entire organization - Adopt new technologies only when their best practices are established - Use analytics to make smart decisions at all levels of your company - Integrate social media into your business

Futureproof

How to Get Your Business Ready for the Next Disruption

Author: Minter Dial,Caleb Storkey

Publisher: Pearson Professional

ISBN: 9781292186399

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

View: 4416

"Futureproof paints a complete picture of the major disruptive forces currently facing us -defining them, mapping them out and putting them into context. First understand the Mindsets you need to be fully ready for disruption - what qualities do you need to have, how can you develop them and what should you do next? Next, discover the 12 Forces that are shaping our world: including the new technologies, how they are used and related, the potential Impact of the disruption and how you can to turn them into enablers for your business. For each of the Forces, you'll discover: • What is it and why is it disruptive? • What do you need to know now? • What do you need to do next?"--Amazon.com.

Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You're Worth

Author: Sarah Petty

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1608322823

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 8146

A revelation for small business owners: creating a profitable business is possible without getting into a slash-and-burn price war with your competitors. Petty and Verbeck inspire you to live your passion and pass your enthusiasm on to your customers, without succumbing to the pressure to discount.

The Complete Social Media Community Manager's Guide

Essential Tools and Tactics for Business Success

Author: Marty Weintraub,Lauren Litwinka

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111860542X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 3736

A unique approach to today's hottest new job in social media Today's social community managers use social media platforms and act as brand evangelists and community advocates. From creating viral content to crisis communication to leveraging community content, social managers manage online social communities and deal with what comes. Luckily, The Complete Social Media Community Manager's Guide: Essential Tools and Tactics for Business Success is the perfect resource for how to do this increasingly high-profile and crucial job. The book features proven tactics and techniques for effective management and includes more than 40 field-tested tools and templates. If you're a social community manager, learn how to grow a community and achieve the results you need. Topics include a detailed guide to today's social media platforms, how to organize and successfully share content, using metrics and reporting, and more. Helps social media community managers develop, cultivate, and convert their social media communities Does a deep dive into today's crucial social media platforms Provides a complete toolkit of over 40 field-tested tools and templates on everything from how to craft a plan to developing an editorial calendar, tracking results, and more Explains how you can organize and successfully share content among your target community and how to leverage that content to further amplify your message The Complete Social Media Community Manager's Guide: Essential Tools and Tactics for Business Success is a must-have resource for one of the hottest new careers in today's social world.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 7745

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

The Idea Hunter

How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen

Author: Andy Boynton,Bill Fischer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118038864

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 6047

A different way of discovering and developing the best business ideas Jack Welch once said, "Someone, somewhere has a better idea." In this myth-busting book, the authors reveal that great business ideas do not spring from innate creativity, or necessarily from the brilliant minds of people. Rather, great ideas come to those who are in the habit of looking for great ideas all around them, all the time. Too often, people fall into the trap of thinking that the only worthwhile idea is a thoroughly original one. Idea Hunters know better. They understand that valuable ideas are already out there, waiting to be found - and not just in the usual places. Shows how to expand your capacity to find and develop winning business ideas Explains why ideas are a critical asset for every manager and professional, not just for those who do "creative" Reveals how to seek out and select the ideas that best serve your purposes and goals and define who you are, as a professional Offers practical tips on how to master the everyday habits of an Idea Hunter, which include cultivating great conversations The book is filled with illustrative accounts of successful Idea Hunters and stories from thriving "idea" companies. Warren Buffet, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Mary Kay Ash, Twitter, and Pixar Animation Studios are among the many profiled.

Unlock the Hidden Job Market

6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough

Author: Duncan Mathison,Martha I. Finney

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 9780137054183

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 5504

More than 70% of today’s job opportunities come through the “hidden job market”: they’re never advertised, assigned to search firms or internal recruiters, or displayed at job fairs. What’s more, as employers cut recruiting costs, the proportion of “hidden” job opportunities is actually growing. And, since most jobseekers know practically nothing about it, those who do understand it have a powerful inside advantage. Now, two career experts reveal the hidden job market, and show how to use it to dramatically improve your chances of landing a job that fits your passions and skills perfectly. Duncan Mathison and best-selling author Martha Finney help you launch a custom, personal job search that avoids competing with thousands of desperate, laid-off job seekers. Learn how to: Use the hidden job market to leap-frog salary levels or even change professions Uncover hidden market opportunities, and your target employers’ unspoken needs and wants Tell your story in two minutes, and make people want to know more Get the interviews that count, and run them like a pro Network without sounding phony, lame or desperate Reframe experiences, passions, and hobbies as “transferrable skills” Build a strategic support team of advisors Identify a “dead-ended” job search, and get it restarted Negotiate compensation for “hidden” jobs.

The Executive's Guide to Enterprise Social Media Strategy

How Social Networks Are Radically Transforming Your Business

Author: Mike Barlow,David B. Thomas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118005231

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 7974

Social media has already transformed society. Now it is poised to revolutionize communications and collaborative business processes. This book provides you with an actionable framework for developing and executing successful enterprise social networking strategies. Using straightforward language, accompanied by exhibits and fleshed out with real-world stories and revealing anecdotes, you will learn how to develop your own internal corporate social media strategy. Through the use of in-depth interviews with leading companies using these strategies, you will also discover best practices that will propel your business to new heights.

Smart Business, Social Business

A Playbook for Social Media in Your Organization

Author: Michael Brito

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0132731363

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 7973

This book will help organizations evolve into a fully collaborative social business. It serves as a step by step playbook to achieve organizational change, process efficiencies and technology acumen: Proven solutions for the real people, process, and technology obstacles businesses face in using social media behind the firewall. How to have the successful internal conversations with stakeholders, partners and global teams that lead to successful external conversations with the social customer Strategies for improving organizational dynamics, collaboration, governance, training, engagement, policies, technology integration, workflows, social CRM, and metrics Many organizations today have already evolved into social brands. They may be active on Twitter and Facebook; they may have corporate blogs and communities and they are trying hard to engage effectively with the social customer. However, behind the firewall, chaos, anarchy, and conflict reign. In Smart Business, Social Business, leading enterprise social business consultant shows how to build an internal framework based on change management that will lead to success with social media: one that will make external engagement more effective, meaningful, and sustainable. Michael Brito systematically identifies the internal culture, process and technology obstacles to long-term success with social media, and offer best practice solutions. He discusses a wide spectrum of issues, offering actionable intelligence and helping decision-makers build strategies and plans that deliver value. Topics addressed include change management, organizational models and dynamics, internal communications, collaboration, governance, metrics, training, employee activation, policies, technology integration, workflows, social CRM, and much more. Drawing on his own experience working for Silicon Valley companies, HP, Yahoo! and Intel, Brito presents dozens of examples and case studies. Using this book, companies can begin to transform their organizations from just a "social brand" to a fully collaborative and dynamic "social business.”

Big Bang Disruption

Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation

Author: Larry Downes,Paul Nunes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698143388

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 1608

It used to take years or even decades for disruptive innovations to dethrone dominant products and services. But now any business can be devastated virtually overnight by something better and cheaper. How can executives protect themselves and harness the power of Big Bang Disruption? Just a few years ago, drivers happily spent more than $200 for a GPS unit. But as smartphones exploded in popularity, free navigation apps exceeded the performance of stand-alone devices. Eighteen months after the debut of the navigation apps, leading GPS manufacturers had lost 85 percent of their market value. Consumer electronics and computer makers have long struggled in a world of exponential technology improvements and short product life spans. But until recently, hotels, taxi services, doctors, and energy companies had little to fear from the information revolution. Those days are gone forever. Software-based products are replacing physical goods. And every service provider must compete with cloud-based tools that offer customers a better way to interact. Today, start-ups with minimal experience and no capital can unravel your strategy before you even begin to grasp what’s happening. Never mind the “innovator’s dilemma”—this is the innovator’s disaster. And it’s happening in nearly every industry. Worse, Big Bang Disruptors may not even see you as competition. They don’t share your approach to customer service, and they’re not sizing up your product line to offer better prices. You may simply be collateral damage in their efforts to win completely different markets. The good news is that any business can master the strategy of the start-ups. Larry Downes and Paul Nunes analyze the origins, economics, and anatomy of Big Bang Disruption. They identify four key stages of the new innovation life cycle, helping you spot potential disruptors in time. And they offer twelve rules for defending your markets, launching disruptors of your own, and getting out while there’s still time. Based on extensive research by the Accenture Institute for High Performance and in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs, investors, and executives from more than thirty industries, Big Bang Disruption will arm you with strategies and insights to thrive in this brave new world.

The Invisible Organization

How Ingenious Ceos Are Creating Thriving, Virtual Companies

Author: Mitch Russo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781512231625

Category: Employee motivation

Page: 272

View: 4934

Companies all over the world could greatly benefit from moving part of even all their staff to work from home as virtual employees. Using the techniques and strategies inside The Invisible Organization, all that is possible quickly and efficiently. If you are the CEO of a company that could benefit by generating more profits, shedding overhead and thrilling staff, this book is a must read. Penned by former CEO of Tony Robbins and Chet Holmes Business Breakthroughs, International, Russo successfully scaled the company with nearly 100% growth per year, and about 300 remote staff, owning no infrastructure. Russo helps clients create the leadership management strategy as outlined in his book and advises CEOs on moving "virtual" with confidence. Why is this book different than other books on working virtually? Because it comes from the CEOs perspective as an operating executive; dealing with the strategy of creating momentum around changing the company, slowly at first and then accelerating as results prove viable. The book is more of a blueprint designed to accomplish this singular act of internal revolution.

A Great Place to Work For All

Better for Business, Better for People, Better for the World

Author: Michael C. Bush

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1523095091

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 5154

Greatness Redefined for the 21st Century Today's business climate is defined by speed, social technologies, and people's expectations of “values” besides value. As a result, leaders have to create an outstanding culture for all, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. This groundbreaking book, from the creators of the gold-standard Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, shows how it's done. Through inspiring stories and compelling research, the authors demonstrate that great places to work for all benefit the individuals working there and contribute to a better global society—even as they outperform in the stock market and grow revenue three times faster than less-inclusive rivals. This is a call to lead so that organizations develop every ounce of human potential.

Information Technology Leadership Excellence

Author: Thomas S. Ireland

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781481136136

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 70

View: 3390

The purpose of this book is to help IT organizations, and the enterprises they support, achieve greatness and be excellent work environments for employees. This greatness can only be achieved if there is excellent leadership. It is clear that business leaders are increasingly aware that technology can enable positive business change. Those business leaders who understand this best are demanding that their CIO and IT team become entrenched in the business planning process and be change agents for the business. This requires excellent senior IT leadership that can effectively lead technology teams that produce a product that enhances the ability of the core enterprise be winners in their market segment. Excellent information technology leaders have an aptitude for establishing great relationships with their team and with lateral managers. They are interested in producing a product that integrates with the enterprise. These are people who have a greater desire to coach their team than to make themselves looks good based on the results of their team. The CIO and team who bring the full power of technology value to the business will dramatically improve the enterprise's position in their industry and the position of the IT team in their enterprise. This book helps the information technologist understand the characteristics of information technology leadership and what it takes to be an effective leader of information technology teams.

Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management

Author: Edwin C. Leonard,Kelly A. Trusty

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305464885

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 656

View: 4353

Differentiate yourself in a competitive marketplace with SUPERVISION: CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES OF MANAGEMENT, 13E. A blend of traditional management concepts and emerging insights, the text draws from the authors' firsthand business experience to deliver the leadership skills hiring managers want but rarely find in new recruits. This comprehensive single source for supervisory management expertise addresses the most critical challenges in business today, including globalization, economic turbulence, transitional and temporary workers, virtual employees, technology, outsourcing, and downsizing. Hands-on and practical, the text complements chapter readings with skill-building techniques and captivating video cases from well-known organizations, letting you experience supervisory roles yourself. Special attention to diversity and ethics also helps you develop a better sense of life beyond the classroom and enhances the text's extensive coverage of communication, decision making, conflict resolution, and other essential supervisory skills. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Account Planning in Salesforce

Author: Donal Daly

Publisher: Oak Tree Press (Ireland)

ISBN: 9781781190876

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

View: 2404

Account Planning is a strategic imperative that goes beyond traditional selling tactics. The benefits that accrue go beyond simple revenue numbers, and point to an approach that must be focused not just on greater revenue as the sole arbiter of strategy. When Account Planning is executed well, customer satisfaction increases. Customers who are more satisfied buy more from you, and do so without calling your competitors first. Customers who are served well are easier to retain, and therefore it is easier to make your revenue targets year after year.

Basics Interactive Design: User Experience Design

Creating Designs Users Really Love

Author: Gavin Allanwood,Peter Beare

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 2940496137

Category: Design

Page: 184

View: 8657

By putting people at the centre of interactive design, user experience (UX) techniques are now right at the heart of digital media design and development. As a designer, you need to create work that will impact positively on everyone who is exposed to it. Whether it's passive and immutable or interactive and dynamic, the success of your design will depend largely on how well the user experience is constructed.User Experience Design shows how researching and understanding users' expectations and motivations can help you develop effective, targeted designs. The authors explore the use of scenarios, personas and prototyping in idea development, and will help you get the most out of the latest tools and techniques to produce interactive designs that users will love.With practical projects to get you started, and stunning examples from some of today's most innovative studios, this is an essential introduction to modern UXD.

Weight Loss Boss

How to Finally Win at Losing--and Take Charge in an Out-of-Control Food World

Author: David Kirchoff

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1623360234

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 9702

"A frank, funny, groundbreaking guide to surviving and thriving in an obesogenic world, from the CEO of Weight Watchers International"--Provided by publisher.

Negotiating For Dummies

Author: Donaldson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118068084

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 3186

People who can’t or won’t negotiate on their own behalf run the risk of paying too much, earning too little, and always feeling like they’re getting gypped. Negotiating For Dummies, Second, Edition offers tips and strategies to help you become a more comfortable and effective negotiator. And, it shows you negotiating can improve many of your everyday transactions—everything from buying a car to upping your salary. Find out how to: Develop a negotiating style Map out the opposition Set goals and limits Listen, then ask the right question Interpret body language Say what you mean with crystal clarity Deal with difficult people Push the pause button Close the deal Featuring new information on re-negotiating, as well as online, phone, and international negotiations, Negotiating for Dummies, Second Edition, helps you enter any negotiation with confidence and come out feeling like a winner.