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IT Business Partnerships: A Field Guide

Paving the Way for Business and Technology Convergence

By Joseph Topinka
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN 13: 978-0-9893809-0-4
LCCN: 2013956352
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Number of Pages: 224
Publisher: CIO Mentor
Publication Date: 2/25/2014

Business leaders who want to move their companies toward true business and technology convergence—that sweet spot where IT and business units are so strategically intertwined that they operate almost interchangeably—voice the cry “IT must partner with the business!” While studies show that 80 percent of business stakeholders don’t view the IT department as strategic collaborators, you can’t outperform the competition or drive bottom-line results without this vital partnership.

As a career CIO and founder of CIOMentor, Joseph Topinka draws on his own experiences implementing IT Business Partnership Programs to present an actionable, how-to field guide to true business technology convergence. IT Business Partners: A Field Guide will help you execute what many business leaders only buzz about.

Within this guide you will learn the argument for business technology convergence via IT Business Partnerships, as well as the essential principles and strategies behind successful Partnership Programs. Insightful stories and real-life examples of what works and what doesn’t are woven throughout, as are proven methods, tools, and templates to help you through the entire process.

IT Business Partners: A Field Guide provides an actionable plan for you to implement an IT Business Partnership Program in your organization so that you, too, can achieve business technology convergence.

Joseph Topinka is founder of CIO Mentor, LLC, and CIO, VP Multichannel Commerce, of Red Wing Shoe Company. Joe is also a Board of Advisor member for Think IT Association, and a Governing Body Co-chair for the Mid-Market CIO Executive Summits of Minneapolis. In 2013, Joe was honored as CIO of the Year by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Joe is a frequent public speaker and leadership coach and mentor. Visit him online at http://www.ciomentor.com/.

Format: ePub
ISBN 13: 978-1-62652-799-7
Publisher: CIO Mentor Press
Publication Date: 2/25/2014

Format: MOBI
ISBN 13: 978-1-62652-798-0
Publisher: CIO Mentor Press
Publication Date: 2/25/2014

Praise for IT Business Partners: A Field Guide

“Joe’s book lays out a thorough, comprehensive path that embodies the principles of business technology convergence. His approach details the skills IT organizations need to achieve this goal.”—Faisal Hoque, Founder & CEO, BTM Corporation, and author of Winning the 3-Legged Race and The Power of Convergence

“CIOs and their IT organizations are facing a dizzying array of demand from the businesses they support. To succeed, they will need to get better at working closely with their business partners to help shape that demand as well as manage its delivery. In his thoughtful, engaging book, Joe Topinka has defined the role of the IT Business Partner—the lynchpin to any successful IT organization. Topinka has laid out a roadmap for how to find them, grow them, and make them successful. A must-read for any IT leader.” —Martha Heller, President, Heller Search Associates, and author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

“I’m a passionate believer in the power of leveraging technology to deliver strategic results. This book contains a concise set of pragmatic tools that hits the mark and should be standard in IT organizations.” —Belinda Rodman,VP Enterprise Strategy, Salesforce.com

“Every industry has been impacted by advances in technology. Whether you are a CIO, a VP of IT, or an executive outside of IT, it is critical to connect the dots between business strategy and IT strategy. Not to do so runs the risk that a more nimble competitor will win. Joe Topinka has offered a great leap forward for IT and non-IT executives alike to forge a better path toward collaboration and value creation at the intersection between IT and the rest of the business.” —Peter High, President of Metis Strategy, and author of World Class IT: Why Business Succeeds When IT Triumphs

“Joe is both a visionary and a brilliant tactician. I am especially drawn to Joe’s willingness to involve users, via observational research, in the IT process—he is unique among CIOs. [Topinka] leverages user research to create solutions that not only meet customer needs, but drive bottom-line business results. Bravo.” —Tom Gomoll, Founder, Usability Team at Apple, and Principal of Gomoll Research + Design

“CIO and IT leaders have the ability to contribute to ROI more than ever. But to do so they must possess a solid understanding of the business itself and, specifically, the ways technology can be an enabler. Companies are seeking IT leaders that have a unique ability to blend business and technology skills. This book gives an excellent overview of how to more completely integrate those skills. Joe’s book hits the nail on the head by clearly laying out these issues and their resolutions.” —Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International  

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