David Taylor's Inside Track: Provocative Insights Into the World of IT in Business

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Routledge, 2000 - Business & Economics - 150 pages
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Never before has IT played such a significant role in transforming organisations, of all sizes. And yet it continues to be dominated by technical jargon, acronyms and irrelevant detail.


This book cuts through all of the confusion, and presents a clear, direct, solution based focus on the key IT/business issues facing every company and business leader today.

This book contains the complete, first fifteen months of David Taylor's highly acclaimed Computer Weekly column - Inside Track. With a reputation for cutting through the hype, David focuses on the IT/business and personal leadership agenda, covering such issues as:

* The key IT issues for the boardroom - in business language
* Actions to win in the new world of e-commerce - and get started today
* The successful new IT leader - the skills you and your company need to
employ
* Quick solutions to long-term IT problems - they can be resolved
* How to motivate your people, and slash staff turnover - save a fortune on
recruitment costs
* True IT/business alignment - add real value to your bottom line

David Taylor is a leading authority on IT in business. He is President of the association of IT Directors, Certus, a reference partner to the UK Government's National Audit Office, and a registered expert with several global research companies. His overall aim is to enable people and organisations to be all that they can be, through the combination of world class technology, true leadership and the release of human potential. With a prestigious background across companies such as Rolls-Royce, Allianz and Cornhill, David has a driving, positive passion for IT in business, and a reputation for championing IT Directors who want to achieve board level positions in their organisations. David and his team work with FTSE 200 companies on winning in the new internet economy, with entrepreneurs starting new dot com ventures, and with CEOs, advising on the qualities they should seek in their IT leaders. A regular writer, television presenter and speaker, David gives keynote, leadership and IT presentations throughout the world. He lives with his wife, Rosalind and their two children, Anthony and Olivia, in Surrey.

A 'Computer Weekly' Professional Series book
Raises awareness of the needs of the IT industry
Promotes IT as core to the future of propensity of the UK
 

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Contents

3 Another initiative? Oh joy
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4 Beware of suspect packages
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5 Our ultimate challenge
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6 This is personal
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7 Emotions must give way to reason
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8 A date too far?
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9 If we are to attract the right people we need to improve our looks
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10 Trading places
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36 A time to talk
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37 Chaos or freedom?
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38 Twentyfirst century people
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39 Twentyfirst century partnerships
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40 Twentyfirst century performance
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41 Disaster reality
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42 Avoiding the fault line
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43 Email rage
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11 Shall we dance?
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12 Supplier fallout
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13 Bad timing?
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14 IT Directors planning for recession
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15 We are not alone
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16 Design your destiny
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17 Euro ready coming or not?
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18 IT director as king
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19 A wolf in sheeps clothing
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20 Promises promises
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21 Raising the standard
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22 Volume over value pile em high sell em cheap
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23 Where has all the training gone?
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24 A full twelve months
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25 The lessons of success
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26 So much more than money
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27 League table 2000
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28 The elusive balance
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29 Murders and acquisitions
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30 Take control of your own destiny
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31 Post nonrecession budget
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32 Linux leaves school
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33 Future shock
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34 Enough is enough
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35 Bargain basement
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44 In need of a rebrand
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45 So what?
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46 Best sourcing
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47 Local power
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48 The Holy Grail
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49 The hidden costs
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50 The new IT leader skill set
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51 The new IT leader next generation
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52 The new IT leader pitfalls
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53 The five flavours of IT director
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54 Awaken the giants within
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55 A waste of valuable time
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56 Board level value
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57 The future is on their side
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58 Supplier emotion
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59 Compliant or not?
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60 Egovernment
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61 Dont dispute learn to dance
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62 Sorry has to be the hardest word
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63 Foundations for the future
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64 One voice one power
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Contents sorted by category
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Index
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