IT Best Practices

9 Books IT Leaders Should Read

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to spend less time swimming in news headlines and more time diving into deeper subjects. Bassam Zarkout for InformationWeek reviews several books relevant to IT. Not your typical bargain bin reads, these books address some provocative issues including the impacts of technology on society – a topic this AITS writer geeks on a regular basis. Below are some selections from Zarkout’s article.

Cerebral Reads

The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen should prove quite interesting, since most everyone is captivated by futuristic speculations. This particular book focuses on the impacts of the data revolution, their effects on privacy, and surely, with implications for how companies utilize IT.

Tribes by Seth Godin describes how change is best achieved by organizing people together around an idea and with a leader – as a tribe. Innovators and leaders can influence outcomes by getting like-minded people excited through a new product, service, or message. How this applies to IT management is readily apparent.

Confessions of a Successful CIO by Dan Roberts and Brian P. Watson paints a hopeful picture for CIOs who face tough business challenges in a future where increased importance is placed on the discipline of information governance.

Behind the Cloud by Marc Benioff shows how cloud services, despite the relative benefits, are still without information governance or records management capabilities, thus making it essential to seek alternatives for safeguarding your data.

Age of Context by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel answers some compelling questions about the impacts of converging technologies like mobile devices and sensor-embedded infrastructures. Also discussed are concerns about privacy and the management of information.

These books are not exactly beach reads, but are truly worthwhile for any IT professional who likes to mix brainy entertainment with valuable knowledge and practical insight.The list is rounded out by The Invention of Wings, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Information Governance: Concept, Strategies, and Best Practices, and The Alchemist.

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