The IT Imperative

Author: Kevin J. Smith
Publisher: The Anima Group
ISBN: 0578201976
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 589
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The IT Imperative takes a look at the rebirth of IT, recognizing that much of what we know today, in fact virtually all of what we take as a given today about IT will change over the next ten years. This remarkable transformation of IT is already under way and sweeping us forward, driven by the powerful forces of a new Customer focus, a reshaped IT Culture, an increased Business awareness, a drive to Innovation, a relentless pursuit of Speed, the Unification of all things IT, the creation of new Cross Functional teams and much more. The book presents 17 elements that will shape this transformation of IT and is presented in short story form to help the reader quickly understand the key points of each element and to make the book easier to read and easier to reference. Ultimately people are the key to this exciting future and this theme is reinforced throughout the book—the remarkable power of humanity and technology together in a new and dynamic partnership that is grounded by a genuine passion for the customer.

Decoding the IT Value Problem

An Executive Guide for Achieving Optimal ROI on Critical IT Investments
Author: Gregory J. Fell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118754336
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 208
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Gain greater returns from your IT investments Revealing the secrets to proven, effective strategies that enable businesses to leverage the full value of highly expensive IT investments, Decoding the IT Value Problem is a no-nonsense guide for making smart IT investments and cutting through the noise of vendor marketing and media hype. Author Gregory Fell describes in rich detail the actual processes, frameworks, infrastructure and discipline required to develop and execute corporate IT strategies that are profitable and sustainable. Provides a proven framework for developing and successfully executing profitable IT strategies Plain English guidance for gaining the most return on investment from critical IT investments Explores developing and executing IT strategy; forecasting, calculating and managing IT costs; leveraging IT investments to drive business growth; IT and the evolving global economy; IT value management; communicating IT value across the enterprise; and leading change, transformation and innovation If you're a senior level manager or executive responsible for managing IT value in your business, Decoding the IT Value Problem is the practical and clearly written guide you'll turn to, with tools and tips for smart investment and management of IT costs.

Reinventing the IT Department

Author: Terry White
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136369171
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 368
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'Reinventing the Information Technology Department' is both anecdotal and informal but deals with a subject which is of vital interest to Chief Information Officers and IT Managers, addressing questions such as: * How does the IT department keep pace with business change? * How do we provide stable and responsive IT platforms? * How do we add recognised value to the organisation? * How do I reinvent my department? * How do I get onto the board? It offers an alternative view of the new roles of the in-house IT function and proposes a rethink about IT services within companies, suggesting a self-help approach to redefining/reinventing in-house IT for CIOs. The author explains that new modes of business thinking and operation are essential if a company is to succeed in the near future and in light of this covers topics such as self-organising systems, knowledge management, multi-stakeholder perspectives, and empowerment initiatives in relation to the overall business and in particular the IT function. Each chapter contains implementation templates for the readers to take themselves through the repositioning or reengineering of the IT function and their own departments.

Complete IT Framework for Success

A Practical Methodology to Allign Business and Information Technology Strategy
Author: Michael Kenneth Wons,John J. Goody
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1553952529
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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The Complete IT Framework for Success publication series provides the linkage between business and information technology, aligns business strategy and IT strategy, allows this to be kept under review, and allows an understanding of what is needed, when it is needed and what will work for your organization. It also sets expectations about the benefits of technology at the right level and in the right perspective. It enables the company to act as its own consultant through the provision of checklists and methodologies that allow self-analysis and appropriate conclusions to be drawn without outside help. It also provides the same roadmap should the company use a facilitator for the process. Instant Einstein provides a complete "IT Framework for Success".

The IT Girl's Guide to Blogging with Moxie

Author: Joelle Reeder,Katherine Scoleri
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470226186
Category: Computers
Page: 288
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Want to break into blogging but don’t know where to start? Dynamic duo Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri of The Moxie GirlsTM show you how to start your first blog, polish your prose, get involved in blogging communities, make sense of RSS feeds, podcasts, photos and more — all with fun, humor and attitude! Inside you will find the need-to-know info to get your blog noticed: How to choose the right blogging platform or content management tool, select a web host, dress up your blog, manage blog content and keep your privates private! When you are ready for more, The Moxie Girls will treat you to insider dish on blog etiquette, analyzing blog traffic, blogging for business, creating podcasts and adding bling to your blog with plugins, add-ons and more. Throw in the refreshing cocktails, beauty tips and gossip with the Girls at the end of each chapter and you’ll be Blogging with Moxie in no time. So, what are you waiting for? The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging With Moxie is packed with the content you need wrapped in casual, engaging dialog and a cheeky, bite-sized format. Bargain-blogging with tools such as WordPress®, TypePad®, and Vox Choosing a content management system like Expression Engine or Movable Type Managing blog content, using tags and moderating comments Selecting a professional designer and choosing from off-the-rack templates An introduction to podcasting and videocasting Finding, joining and managing blog communities Protecting your online identity Using a blog to better your business

The Law of Railway Companies, Comprising the Companies Clauses

The Lands Clauses, the Railways Clauses Consolidation Acts, the Railway Companies Act, 1867, (with the General Order and Rules Thereon,) and the Regulation of Railways Act, 1868; with Notes of All the Cases Decided on Those Acts
Author: Henry Godefroi,John Shortt
Publisher: N.A
Category: Railroad law
Page: 552
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Waltzing with Bears

Managing Risk on Software Projects
Author: Tom DeMarco,Tim Lister
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 0133492230
Category: Computers
Page: 208
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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2003). If There’s No Risk On Your Next Project, Don’t Do It. Greater risk brings greater reward, especially in software development. A company that runs away from risk will soon find itself lagging behind its more adventurous competition. By ignoring the threat of negative outcomes–in the name of positive thinking or a can-do attitude–software managers drive their organizations into the ground. In Waltzing with Bears, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister–the best-selling authors of Peopleware–show readers how to identify and embrace worthwhile risks. Developers are then set free to push the limits. The authors present the benefits of risk management, including that it makes aggressive risk-taking possible, protects management from getting blindsided, provides minimum-cost downside protection, reveals invisible transfers of responsibility, isolates the failure of a subproject. Readers are armed with strategies for confronting the most common risks that software projects face: schedule flaws, requirements inflation, turnover, specification breakdown, and under-performance. Waltzing with Bears will help you mitigate the risks–before they turn into project-killing problems. Risks are out there–and they should be there–but there is a way to manage them.

Passing the ITIL® Foundation Exam

Author: David Pultorak,Jon E. Nelson,Vince Pultorak
Publisher: Van Haren
ISBN: 9087538944
Category: Education
Page: 290
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For trainers free additional material of this book is available. This can be found under the "Training Material" tab. Log in with your trainer account to access the material.This book helps people prepare for the ITIL® 2011 Edition Foundation qualification exam. It contains direct links to the full syllabus and specifies the terms and definitions required. In addition it gives sample questions for practice both within the text and also a number of the official exams questions in the back. The content of this book is based on the ITIL® 2011 Edition core guidance and APMG s ITIL Foundation Certificate syllabus edition 2011.Written by globally experienced trainers and reviewed by other professionals this unique work provides clear and concise guidance for all those seeking to achieve success at the ITIL Foundation Level. Covering:A clear and concise explanation of the exam structure; Key text for the exams;Sample exam questions and sample answers andHints and Tips and practical examplesthis book will highlight for readers the key items they need for the ITIL Foundation Exam that will increase chances of success.

The New PR Toolkit

Strategies for Successful Media Relations
Author: Deirdre Breakenridge,Joanne Cini,Thomas J. DeLoughry
Publisher: FT Press
ISBN: 9780130090256
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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Drawing on contemporary PR work, the book offers a preview of the future of public relations - and a practical roadmap for becoming a strategic communicator, no matter who you're working with, or what challenges you're up against.

Your First Notebook PC (Adobe Reader)

Author: Michael R. Miller
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780132714860
Category: Computers
Page: 432
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Using a notebook PC is different from using a desktop PC. Not only are the keyboard and screen smaller, you have to deal with battery life, notebook security, connecting to the Internet at Wi-Fi hot spots, and figuring out how to enter numbers without a numeric keypad. How do you do what you need to do on your new notebook PC? Your First Notebook PC is the solution to your problems. This book focuses on how to shop for, set up, and use a new notebook PC. You’ll learn all about different types of notebooks, unique notebook features, and useful notebook accessories. You’ll also discover how to get the most out of your notebook at home, at the office, and on the road–and how to troubleshoot any problems you might encounter! Your First Notebook PC shows you how to: • Choose the right type of notebook for your needs • Set up and configure a new notebook • Use Windows Vista and its notebook-specific features • Connect your notebook to a wireless home network and the Internet • Share files and folders with other users–and sync your files between two PCs • Use your notebook to listen to music and play DVD movies • Connect your notebook to an office network–and use it for essential business operations • Use your notebook to give PowerPoint presentations • Connect your notebook to a public Wi-Fi hot spot–and send and receive email from any location • Keep your notebook secure when traveling • Extend the life of your notebook’s battery • Upgrade your notebook’s hardware • Troubleshoot common problems

The CMDB Imperative

How to Realize the Dream and Avoid the Nightmares
Author: Glenn O'Donnell,Carlos Casanova
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 013702231X
Category: Computers
Page: 368
View: 2656

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Implement Configuration Management Databases that Deliver Rapid ROI and Sustained Business Value Implementing an enterprise-wide Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is one of the most influential actions an IT organization can take to improve service delivery and bridge the gap between technology and the business. With a well-designed CMDB in place, companies are better positioned to manage and optimize IT infrastructure, applications, and services; automate more IT management tasks; and restrain burgeoning costs. Now, there’s an objective, vendor-independent guide to making a CMDB work in your organization. The CMDB Imperative presents a start-to-finish implementation methodology that works and describes how the CMDB is shifting to the superior Configuration Management System (CMS). Expert CMDB industry analyst Glenn O’Donnell and leading-edge architect and practitioner Carlos Casanova first review the drivers behind a CMDB and the technical, economic, cultural, and political obstacles to success. Drawing on the experiences of hundreds of organizations, they present indispensable guidance on architecting and customizing CMDB solutions to your specific environment. They’ll guide you through planning, implementation, transitioning into production, day-to-day operation and maintenance, and much more. Coverage includes Defining the tasks and activities associated with configuration management Understanding the CMDB’s role in ITIL and the relationship between CMDBs and ITIL v3’s CMS Building software models that accurately represent each entity in your IT environment Ensuring information accuracy via change management and automated discovery Understanding the state of the CMDB market and selling the CMDB within your organization Creating federated CMDB architectures that successfully balance autonomy with centralized control Planning a deployment strategy that sets appropriate priorities and reflects a realistic view of your organization’s maturity Integrating systems and leveraging established and emerging standards Previewing the future of the CMDB/CMS and how it will be impacted by key trends such as virtualization, SOA, mobility, convergence, and “flexi-sourcing”

The Gender Imperative

Human Security Vs State Security
Author: Asha Hans,Betty A. Reardon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136198121
Category: Political Science
Page: 466
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The book asserts that human security derives from the experience and expectation of human well-being which depends on four essential conditions: a life sustaining environment, the meeting of essential physical needs, respect for the identity and dignity of persons and groups, protection from avoidable harm and expectations of remedy from them. The book demonstrates their integral relationship to human security. Patriarchy being the germinal paradigm from which most major human institutions such as the state, the economy, organised religions and social relations have evolved, the book argues that fundamental inequalities must be challenged for the sake of equality and security. The fundamental point raised is that expectation of human well-being is a continuing cause of armed conflict which constitutes a threat to peace and survival of all humanity and human security cannot exist within a militarised security system. The editors of the book bring together 14 essays which critically examine militarised security in order to find human security pathways, show ways in which to refute the dominant paradigm, indicate a clear gender analysis that challenges the current system, and suggests alternatives to militarised security. With a mix of female and male feminist scholar activists as contributors, the book makes an important contribution to a new discourse on human security.


Author: O. Isler,Gutmann,Solms
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3034858310
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 935
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Having it All

Author: John Assaraf
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471104427
Category: Self-Help
Page: 240
View: 978

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Our schools and parents teach us only a small fraction of what we need to learn in order to reach our true potential and achieve success. The rest we must learn through our own trials and tribulations. 'Street kid' John Assaraf broke free from a troubled past to create a multi-million dollar empire. In Having it All, Assaraf tells of his discovery that, no matter what kind of difficult circumstances someone happens to be in at any one time, he or she can achieve whatever they want in life. By combining old-world wisdom and street-smart tactics, Assaraf created the life of his dreams. He shares his method here.

Learn to Speak Like the French

French Idiomatic Expressions
Author: Arnold Borton,Henri Mauffrais
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
ISBN: 1608603326
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 798
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A book that will make you able to understand what you are told and give an appropriate answer in the most frequent situations of daily life.

How to Avoid a Tko in Marriage

A Biblical Perspective
Author: Paulette Steppes
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465315454
Category: Religion
Page: 277
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Marriages are in a constant state of defeat unlike any other time in history. Every marital bout imaginable is breaking out in homes all across America and other parts of the world. Whats happening to the state of the family? Whats happening to Gods greatest institution for man? How can we save marriages from this devastating blow of divorce and defeat? Are you tired of getting punched and knocked around in the ring of your marriage covenant? Have you declared victory that youll not get knocked out of the ring?

The Assassin King

Author: Elizabeth Haydon
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9781429920551
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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The Assassin King opens at winter's end with the arrival by sea of a mysterious hunter, a man of ancient race and purpose, who endlessly chants the names of the pantheon of demons that are his intended victims, as well as one other: Ysk, the original name of the Brother, now known as Achmed, the Assassin King of Ylorc. At the same moment of this portentous arrival, two gatherings of great import are taking place. The first is a convocation of dragons, who gather in a primeval forest glade--the site of the horrific ending of Llauron, one of the last of their kind. They mourn not only his irrevocable death, but the loss of the lore and control over the Earth itself that it represents. The ancient wyrms are terrified for what will come as a result of this loss. The second gathering is a council of war held in the depths of the keep of Haguefort: Ashe and Rhapsody, rulers of the alliance that protects the Middle Continent; Gwydion, the new Duke of Navarne; Anborn, the Lord Marshall; Achmed, the King of Ylorc, and Grunthor, his Sergeant-Major. Each brings news that form the pieces of a great puzzle. And as each piece is added it becomes quite clear: War is coming, the likes of which the world has never known. Cataclysm, both large and small, await in this sixth volume of the USA Today bestselling fantasy series, The Symphony of Ages. A twisting, fast-moving tale, The Assassin King promises endless surprises--most of which lead to pain. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Boudoir Lighting

Simple Techniques for Dramatic Photography
Author: Robin Owen
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 160895756X
Category: Photography
Page: 128
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Boudoir portraits are intimate by nature. The provide an intimate, private look at subjects and are intended for those who have a close emotional relationship with the subject—or in some cases, are made for the subject herself. Creating images that capture the romantic, sensual side of a subject requires a masterful approach. All components of the photography—from the photographer-client relationship, to the setting, to the clothing selection, to the posing and lighting, must be carefully thought out and flawlessly executed. In this book, Robin Owen shows off her uncanny skill at creating 60 sweet and sexy images of women and couples. As you turn the pages, you'll find discussions detailing the artistic approach used to photograph each client—and you'll see alternate shots from the session, which are sure to inspire additional ideas for your own boudoir clients. From one page spread to the next, Olson provides important insights into sculpting the look you are after. You'll learn to work with unexpected lighting configurations and modifiers. You'll find and learn how to create unlikely settings—among many other creative considerations that allow you to create images that stand out from the competition. With a surprising array of image looks to inspire your creativity and targeted technical discussions, this book provides both the impetus and the know-how you're after to get out there and create unforgettable images.