The Effective CIO: How to Achieve Outstanding Success through Strategic Alignment, Financial Management, and IT Governance

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CRC Press, Dec 23, 2008 - Computers - 336 pages
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In a business world of uncertain budgets, relentless technology changes, scarce management talent, and intense production demands, theory is good, but practice sells. The Effective CIO: How to Achieve Outstanding Success through Strategic Alignment, Financial Management, and IT Governance is all about practice, successfully delivering the nuts-and-bolts for effective governance execution. It helps to dissolve the negative image many CIOs have as remote, purely rational decision machines, while demonstrating how to improve quality and throughput in your business.

This authoritative text includes governance checklists, sample IT controls, merger and acquisition recommendations, and a detailed framework for IT policies. Authored by two highly regarded IT management experts, the book provides not only a survey of existing strategies, but also includes detailed problem-solving ideas, such as how to structure optimal IT and telecom contracts with suppliers, the implications of SOP-98, and accounting for software costs.

The book seamlessly brings together two perspectives – that of a working CIO who must cope with day-to-day pressures for results, and that of an IT audit consultant with a special focus on governance and internal control. Unlike many other CIO-related books that merely discuss strategies, The Effective CIO includes easy-to-follow guidelines and governance principles that can be implemented immediately.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Core Skills and Career Development
1
Chapter 2 Information Technology Governance
15
Chapter 3 Information Technology Finance
37
Chapter 4 Project Management
63
Chapter 5 Creating Good Enough Code
89
Chapter 6 Enterprise Architecture
95
Chapter 7 Mergers and Acquisitions
119
Chapter 8 Sourcing
129
Chapter 14 Futures
201
Chapter 15 CIO Interviews
207
Examples of Key IT General Controls
225
Examples of Key IT Application Controls
231
Project Management Artifact Examples
237
IT Risk Assessment Checklist
247
Due Diligence Checklist for Mergers and Acquisitions Business
257
Due Diliegence Checklist for Mergers and Acquisitions IT
281

Chapter 9 Business Intelligence and Analytics
139
Chapter 10 Security
161
Chapter 11 Training
179
Chapter 12 Effective Use of Consultants
185
Chapter 13 Operations
193
Example IT Policies and Direction for XYZ Corp
285
Recommended Reading
315
Index
317
Back cover
331

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Eric J. Brown is the executive vice president and CIO of NCI Building Systems, Inc. He has more than 20 years experience implementing global IT solutions throughout Asia Pacific, the EU, and Middle Eastern regions.

William A. Yarberry, Jr., CPA, CISA, is president of ICCM Consulting LLC based in Houston, Texas. He has more than 30 years experience in a variety of IT-related services including application development, internal audit management, outsourcing negotiations, administration, and Sarbanes-Oxley consulting.

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