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Books about the future of ICT
16 the future of ICT    7/15/2004 12:09:11 PM

. Books about the future of ICT

Six Billion Minds: Managing Outsourcing in the Global Knowledge Economy
by Mark Minevich, Faisal Hoque, Frank-Jürgen Richter

This publication of the BTM Institute – Six Billion Minds: Managing Outsourcing in the Global Knowledge Economy – is a wake-up call to global leaders. A collaboration among the most accomplished academics and global leaders (over 60 top international figures), this book examines management challenges and innovation opportunities in light of the profound impact of globalization and the emergence of the knowledge economy. It shows how to build excellence by leveraging the vast global knowledge pool of the "six billion minds" that make up the emerging knowledge economy, which is driven by the convergence of business and technology.

Globalization is leaving a lasting impression. While not perfect, globalization has been extremely successful for the world economy. It has created millions of jobs, raised millions out of poverty and improved the quality of life in countries that once were considered incapable of contributing to the world economy. Instead of debating its merits, we could better spend our time learning how to thrive in it, rather than letting ourselves get trampled by it. It is the role of Six Billion Minds to be a "field guide to globalization."

What is new today is summed up in the team "knowledge economy." We believe that Global Outsourcing = Knowledge Economy. And this economy is about discovering and harnessing the knowledge that can spring forth from any mind, anywhere. Six Billion Minds examines the seismic shifts that threaten to engulf long-dominant nations like the United States, whose world leadership in innovation is now being rivaled.

This book tackles the subject with great insights and blunt realities from the business leaders pioneering and setting the pace of global outsourcing as the next big element of the knowledge economy. This economy is about innovation and global outsourcing competitiveness. And sustainable innovation requires a seamless, structured management approach that begins with board and CEO-level issues and connects all the way through technology investment and implementation.

The authors have interviewed the most accomplished business leaders in the world and included not only methods, processes, and practical tips, but also human stories of success and survival – creating this unique exploration of the global knowledge economy.

The CTO Handbook
by Mark D. Minevich

Written By Mark Minevich, Former CTO of IBM Next Generation, Member of CIO Collective - The CTO Handbook features a wealth of articles authored by leading executives, as well as vital industry statistics, essential reference material – including contracts, forms and interactive worksheets – and a list of additional field-specific resources with contact information. The book features CTO/CIO related technology articles written by C-Level (CEO, CTO, CFO, CMO) executives from companies such as BMC, BEA, Novell, IBM, Bowstreet, Harte-Hankes, Reynolds & Reynolds, McAfee, Verisign, Peoplesoft, Boeing, GE, Perot Systems, and over 50 other companies.

On Intelligence

by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee

Jeff Hawkins, the high-tech success story behind PalmPilots and the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, does a lot of thinking about thinking. In On Intelligence Hawkins juxtaposes his two loves - computers and brains - to examine the real future of artificial intelligence. In doing so, he unites two fields of study that have been moving uneasily toward one another for at least two decades. Most people think that computers are getting smarter, and that maybe someday, they'll be as smart as we humans are. But Hawkins explains why the way we build computers today won't take us down that path. He shows, using nicely accessible examples, that our brains are memory-driven systems that use our five senses and our perception of time, space, and consciousness in a way that's totally unlike the relatively simple structures of even the most complex computer chip. Readers who gobbled up Ray Kurzweil's (The Age of Spiritual Machines and Steven Johnson's Mind Wide Open will find more intriguing food for thought here. Hawkins does a good job of outlining current brain research for a general audience, and his enthusiasm for brains is surprisingly contagious. - Therese Littleton

by Susan Annunzio (Narrator)

Susan Annunzio's eLeadership is designed for savvy Old Economy managers who recognize that things like telecommuting and T-1 lines are in their futures, but who aren't exactly sure how to integrate such aspects of the techno-revolution into their organizations without sacrificing control and their current positions. Change-management specialist Annunzio says that established structures and cultures must first be transformed, and the key is a flexible but fast-paced leadership style rooted in a five-step process that "will show you how to attack your environmental problems, how to model and encourage the right behavior, and how to make your words and actions match--so you can speed up your organization, inspire your young, cynical, or dispirited employees, and move forward into the New Economy." The crux of her plan is the 20/60/20 Rule, which calls for using the top 20 percent of a workforce to influence the middle 60 percent and diminish the power of the bottom 20 percent. In detailing this and other principles (Ask the Unaskable, Speak the Unspeakable; Make Loud Statements; Communicate Irreverently; Celebrate Heroes), Annunzio incorporates real-life examples and practical checklists to help ease a transition that will fundamentally alter any business that employs them. - Howard Rothman

The Global Information Technology Report 2003-2004: Towards an Equitable Information Society (Global Information Technology Report, 2003-2004)
by Soumitra Dutta, Bruno Lanvin, Fiona Paua

Since it was first launched in 2001, the Global Information Technology Report has become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress.

It also highlights the continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth.

The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), covering a total of 102 economies in 2003-2004, to measure "the degree of preparation of a nation or community to participate in and benefit from ICT developments".


Annual Review of Information Science and Technology 2004 (Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Vol 38)

by Blaise Cronin

The Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) has long been considered a landmark publication within the information science community. It surveys the landscape of information science and technology, providing the reader with an analytical, authoritative and accessible overview of recent trends and significant developments. One volume is published each year. The range of topics varies considerably, reflecting the dynamism of the discipline and the diversity of theoretical and applied perspectives connoted by the rubric 'information science and technology'. While ARIST continues to cover key topics associated with 'classical' information science (e.g., bibliometrics, information retrieval), the Review is expanding its footprint, prudently and selectively, in an effort to connect information science more tightly with cognate academic and professional communities.

Making the Net Work: Sustainable Development in a Digital Society

by Vidhya Alakeson, Tim Aldrich, James Goodman, Britt Jorgensen, Jonathon Porritt, Erkki Liikanen

The Internet is the biggest shared space for communication that has ever existed, the mobile telephone expands communication possibilities even further. These two information and communication technologies (ICTs) are helping to change the way humans communicate, widening the possibilities on a scale that is both fantastic and frightening. They are transforming the way we live and work, our social relationships and communities, even our impact on the environment.

Can we realise the potential of ICT and make it work for sustainable development? Making the Net Work argues that we can. By investigating the relationship between the use of ICT and regional economies in Europe, researching the intensity of ICT and its potential to contribute to a reduction in resource use, and focusing on the response of business to the opportunities for greater social responsibility, this book affirms the fact that there are no easy solutions to the challenges we face.

Delivering sustainable development depends on the involvement of business, government, consumers and citizens and the authors present practical recommendations for all these groups.

Arguing passionately for the adoption of values that can make a real difference, Making the Net Work is intended for anyone with an interest in sustainable development, new technology, or both.

The authors are all researchers at Forum for the Future where they specialise in the critical relationship between innovation, technology and sustainable development.

They work directly with businesses, including those in the ICT sector, advising them on their social and environmental impacts and their approach to sustainable development. They also conduct research for regional and national government and the European Commission, designed to steer business and public policy making on innovation and technology in a more sustainable direction. Between them, they have produced a large number of acclaimed reports and articles on technology and sustainable development.

Forum for the Future is a UK-based sustainable development charity working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable way of life. It develops partnerships with business, local authorities, regional bodies and universities and seeks to influence a wider network of decision-makers and opinion formers through cutting edge projects.

Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

by Nicholas G. Carr

A Bold Manifesto on the Future of Information Technology

Over the last decade, and even since the bursting of the technology bubble, pundits, consultants, and thought leaders have argued that information technology provides the edge necessary for business success.

IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT's power and presence have grown, he argues, its strategic relevance has actually decreased. IT has been transformed from a source of advantage into a commoditized "cost of doing business" - with huge implications for business management.

Expanding on Carr's seminal Harvard Business Review article that generated a storm of controversy, Does IT Matter? provides a truly compelling - and unsettling - account of IT's changing business role and its leveling influence on competition.

Through astute analysis of historical and contemporary examples, Carr shows that the evolution of IT closely parallels that of earlier technologies such as railroads and electric power. He goes on to lay out a new agenda for IT management, stressing cost control and risk management over innovation and investment. And he examines the broader implications for business strategy and organization as well as for the technology industry.

A frame-changing statement on one of the most important business phenomena of our time, Does IT Matter? marks a crucial milepost in the debate about IT's future.

IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results

by Peter Weill, Jeanne Ross

Firms with superior IT governance have more than 25% higher profits than firms with poor governance given the same strategic objectives. These top performers have custom-designed IT governance for their strategies. Just as corporate governance aims to ensure quality decisions about all corporate assets, IT governance links IT decisions with company objectives and monitors performance and accountability.

Based on a study of 250 enterprises worldwide, IT Governance shows how to design and implement a system of decision rights that will transform IT from an expense to a profitable investment.

Information Technology and Organizational Transformation : Solving the Management Puzzle

by Suzanne Rivard, Benoit A. Aubert, Michel Patry, Guy Pare, Heather A. Smith

This text is designed to help managers who have to deal with a complex environment, and who are often presented with "ready-made" solutions as to how to best organize their firm, to best use information technology. The book presents a simple and attractive framework within which managers can analyze their firm's environment and characteristics, and reflect on the most appropriate way - for them - to "put the puzzle together." It provides the manager and student with an integrated conceptual but pragmatic framework to analyze their situation. Courses examining the role of Information Technology in emerging organizational forms will find a well-grounded conceptual framework, illustrated with in-depth case studies. The book draws from the latest research in industrial organization, strategy, information technology, organizational theory, and leadership. It examines the individual puzzle pieces that have to be put together - strategy, structure, information technology, and leadership, and present the cases of three firms that were equally successful in putting these pieces together, while choosing pieces with dramatically different forms and adjusting them in radically different ways. The three in-depth cases included in the book are international: Oticon is a Danish firm with close to 1500 employees and is a world leader in the manufacture of hearing aids. Li & Fung is another, fist established in Canton and is an international trading company. Progressive Insurance which is the third largest insurance company in the US.

Big Book of E-Commerce Answers: How to Turn Your Website into a Money Machine

by Tom Lambert

Managers need to manage. In e-commerce the "techies" far too easily pull the wool over their eyes. The alternative to building knowledge is to have the technical people, advertising agencies or marketing departments making the business decisions that would normally be the sole responsibility of the front-line manager. This book puts the control back where it belongs. No commercial enterprise can be without an effective web presence but to be effective as a business activity, business managers need to be able to produce a robust and viable e-commerce strategy. This book helps the reader plan and operate a well-founded e-commerce operation, whilst suggesting ways in which to make the best use of technology to improve productivity and reduce costs. This book provides a clear understanding of how the Internet, investment in technology and e-commerce work. In plain, it is a book aimed at those more interested in web profits, than web prophets.

Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology

by Howard Rheingold

The digital revolution did not begin with the teenage millionaires of Silicon Valley, claims Howard Rheingold, but with such early intellectual giants as Charles Babbage, George Boole and John von Neumann. In a highly engaging style, Rheingold tells the story of what he calls the partiarchs, poineers and infonauts of the computer, focusing in particular on such pioneers as J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Bob Taylor and Alan Kay. Taking the reader step by step from 19th-century mathematics to contemporary computing, he introduces a fascinating collection of eccentrics, mavericks, geniuses and visionaries. The book was originally published in 1985, and Rheingold's attempt to envision computing in the 1990s turns out to have been remarkably prescient. This edition contains an afterword, in which Rheingold interviews some of the pioneers discussed in the book. As an exercise in what he calls "retrospective futurism", Rheingold also looks back at how he looked forward.

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