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Publisher Comments:

Typically, information technology ranks highly among most companies’ top five expenditures. Yet IT continues to be one of the least understood and most poorly managed areas in business. While all executives recognize the importance of technology as a means of improving customer service and of making work more efficient, few understand how to leverage IT strategically and how to use it as a driver of business success.

Managing IT as a Business provides executives with practical advice on how to unleash the full potential of this critical function so that companies can derive maximum benefit. It offers a proven plan for bridging the gap between CEOs and CIOs that has, until now, impeded their ability to work together in order to craft objectives, establish budget guidelines, and develop metrics for measuring IT value and success. In short, with this book as a guide, business leaders will learn how to manage IT as they would any other functional business unit.

Through numerous case studies that outline the lessons other senior executives have learned while maximizing their IT investment, Managing IT as a Business covers such essentials as:

  • Bringing IT into the mainstream of the enterprise
  • Managing IT as a stand-alone business unit that advances corporate goals and increases profits
  • Linking IT strategy to corporate strategy from a perspective of practical execution rather than theory
  • Helping business units define their technology needs and risks, and enhance IT services through rigorous relationship management
  • Institutionalizing within IT a culture of customer service, on-time delivery, high quality, and results-oriented performance
  • Rewarding IT executives and managers based on how well IT initiatives drive profits

In today’s hypercompetitive business environment, long-term success depends on quality customer service and information management. As a key driver of that success, IT has become increasingly important to any company’s survival. Embedding business-oriented performance measurements in all components of the IT organization may not be easy, but no forward-thinking executive can afford to ignore this business imperative.

In Managing IT as a Business, Mark D. Lutchen offers CEOs the insight and practical guidance they need to get the most out of technology spending, to understand the real value of the IT business unit, and to increase revenues and minimize risks by taking advantage of new technologies. If information technology is to fufill its promise, executives need to prepare for fundamental change by questioning the way they currently think about–and manage–IT. For those seeking answers to such questions, this invaluable book is the definitive resource.

Book News Annotation:

Advocating the needed transition of the IT function, from service provider to integral business unit, this book provides top management with practical insights, and helps bring today's chief information officers (CIOs) up to speed with their changing role. Lutchen (an IT business risk management specialist in private industry) outlines a six-step plan to make IT departments more successful, professional, and profitable. The steps include bringing IT into the mainstream of enterprise, linking IT strategy to corporate strategy, creating a culture of customer service and results-oriented performance, and ensuring that business units define their IT needs.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With Managing IT as a Business you'll get practical advice on how to unleash the full potential of this critical function so that companies can derive maximum benefit. It offers a proven plan for bridging the gap between CEOs and CIOs that has, until now, impeded their ability to work together in order to craft objectives, establish budget guidelines, and develop metrics for measuring IT value and success. In short, with this book as a guide, business leaders will learn how to manage IT as they would any other functional business unit.

Synopsis:

"More than a survival guide for CEOs, Managing IT as a Business provides a framework for properly leveraging IT and does so in a concise, well-sourced, and eminently readable format. This book is a must-read for all successful executives!"

–Donard P. Gaynor

Former CFO, SVP-HR, CIO, and Reengineering Leader

The Seagram Spirits and Wine Group

"Mark Lutchen offers up some important guidance to the CIO on how to bring IT into the mainstream of the business and how the CIO can make the transition from tech guru and administrator to a full member of the executive team."

–Marinus N. Henny

Vice Chairman and CFO

Universal Music Group

"Mark Lutchen thinks like an operating executive. He recognizes that IT costs are a major line item in any corporate budget and that these costs must be viewed as a means to building a business rather than an end. He knows that this happens when CEOs and CIOs communicate effectively. That’s what Managing IT as a Business is all about."

–Kenneth Roman

Former Chairman and CEO

Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

"Lutchen’s insights are practical and actionable. In fact, CEOs and other executives traversing the IT minefield will find no more authoritative guide than Managing IT as a Business."

–Paul Turner

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

AMS

"Increasingly, CIOs are being asked to join the ranks of top management. In Managing IT as a Business, Mark Lutchen offers CEOs a powerful perspective on how to leverage IT as a strategic tool. For CIOs, he cogently addresses the leadership skills they need to be full and effective members of the business-strategy team."

–Glen Urban

Dean Emeritus and Chairman of the Center for eBusiness

MIT Sloan School of Management

About the Author

MARK D. LUTCHEN is the former Global CIO of PricewaterhouseCoopers. In that role he was responsible for reengineering, reconstructing, and integrating the company’s worldwide IT systems during that organization’s massive late ’90s merger. With nearly three decades of operating experience, he has consulted on IT management with numerous Fortune 500 companies and executives. He currently leads PwC’s Business Risk Management Initiative, which provides senior executives with practical strategies to manage IT risks and optimize IT investment and resources.

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Get the CIO on the Executive Team.

2. Link IT Strategy to Corporate Strategy.

3. IT Management Is about Relationship Management.

4. Align the IT Organization Structure with Profitability Drivers.

5. Understand the Real IT Spend.

6. Focus on Outcomes, Not Process.

7. Leveraging Investment Cycles and the Power of Standardization.

8. Talk about Information Technology and Use IT Appropriately so Others Know It Is Important.

9. Information Technology Improvement Never Ends.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471471042
Author:
Lutchen, Mark
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Author:
Lutchen, Mark D.
Location:
Hoboken, N.J.
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Strategic planning
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Information resources management
Subject:
Systems & Planning
Subject:
Information technology -- Management.
Subject:
Business/Technology
Subject:
business, business plans
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
PRDD2003-01
Publication Date:
20070511
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.10x6.32x.90 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , With Managing IT as a Business you'll get practical advice on how to unleash the full potential of this critical function so that companies can derive maximum benefit. It offers a proven plan for bridging the gap between CEOs and CIOs that has, until now, impeded their ability to work together in order to craft objectives, establish budget guidelines, and develop metrics for measuring IT value and success. In short, with this book as a guide, business leaders will learn how to manage IT as they would any other functional business unit.
"Synopsis" by , "More than a survival guide for CEOs, Managing IT as a Business provides a framework for properly leveraging IT and does so in a concise, well-sourced, and eminently readable format. This book is a must-read for all successful executives!"

–Donard P. Gaynor

Former CFO, SVP-HR, CIO, and Reengineering Leader

The Seagram Spirits and Wine Group

"Mark Lutchen offers up some important guidance to the CIO on how to bring IT into the mainstream of the business and how the CIO can make the transition from tech guru and administrator to a full member of the executive team."

–Marinus N. Henny

Vice Chairman and CFO

Universal Music Group

"Mark Lutchen thinks like an operating executive. He recognizes that IT costs are a major line item in any corporate budget and that these costs must be viewed as a means to building a business rather than an end. He knows that this happens when CEOs and CIOs communicate effectively. That’s what Managing IT as a Business is all about."

–Kenneth Roman

Former Chairman and CEO

Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

"Lutchen’s insights are practical and actionable. In fact, CEOs and other executives traversing the IT minefield will find no more authoritative guide than Managing IT as a Business."

–Paul Turner

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

AMS

"Increasingly, CIOs are being asked to join the ranks of top management. In Managing IT as a Business, Mark Lutchen offers CEOs a powerful perspective on how to leverage IT as a strategic tool. For CIOs, he cogently addresses the leadership skills they need to be full and effective members of the business-strategy team."

–Glen Urban

Dean Emeritus and Chairman of the Center for eBusiness

MIT Sloan School of Management

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