New Book Shares the Challenges of a First-Year IT Exec


Becoming an effective IT manager presents a host of challenges, from anticipating emerging technology to managing relationships with vendors, employees and other managers. A good IT manager must also be a strong business leader.


A new book, "The Adventures of an IT Leader," invites you to accompany new CIO Jim Barton to better understand the role of IT in your organization. You'll see Jim struggle through a challenging first year, handling (and fumbling) situations that, although fictional, are based on true events.


An excerpt from the book's chapter titled "IT Priorities" appears in the Knowledge Network.


Check the IT Business Edge Interviews page later this week for an interview with the authors of this book.


Executives should also check out two other books posted in the Knowledge Network that focus on IT Management.


"IT Management 101 Book" provides a solid foundation upon which to build in developing your IT management skills and capabilities. Eleven key traits of successful IT managers are emphasized that will leapfrog you past other managers. Tools are included to help you assess an IT situation and to gain insight to insure your team is in sync with your company's needs.


The authors of "The Business Value of IT: Managing Risks, Optimizing Performance and Measuring Results," share their real-world experiences to explain how you can demonstrate IT's value, and potentially find extra value you didn't know your IT organization creates. In this book, they also show how to apply risk management to process improvement and avoid unintended consequences of process improvement programs.