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