Summary of IT Savvy

What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain

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IT Savvy book summary
Your IT system is a crucial component of your business strategy, yet most strategists don’t really know how to use it.


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7 Innovation

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This useful book is clearly written and sharply focused; it stays right on message. As its subtitle indicates and its writing style reflects, executives are its target audience. Peter Weill and Jeanne W. Ross, researchers at the MIT’s Sloan School of Management, provide the data leaders need to manage, fund and update their IT programs – information they gathered during field research at more than 1,000 companies. They sketch broad concepts, but don’t shy away from a high level of abstraction. You may have to do some additional work before making decisions about realigning your IT structures, but this will position you to know what to consider. getAbstract recommends this book to every executive, since all top managers now must learn to thrive in an increasingly digital world and to understand information technology (IT) strategy. It will also assist IT specialists who must work with managers who are still building their strategic know-how for the digital age.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What IT savvy is
  • Why being IT savvy is essential for your business
  • How you can improve your use of IT


Becoming IT-Savvy
Before long, digitization will affect every step in the chain of interactions among producers, distributors and customers. The good news is that every link represents an opportunity to increase your organization’s flow of information, make your business available around...
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About the Authors

Peter Weill chairs MIT’s Sloan School of Management’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) and is the co-author of Enterprise Architecture as Strategy and Place to Space. Jeanne W. Ross is the director of CISR and former editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly Executive. They also co-wrote IT Governance.

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