Former CIO Lutchen, now a partner and practice leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, lays out his six-step "simple and radical" approach to business alignment. He believes IT organizations should be viewed as stand-alone business units that are "not about projects and processes, but about relationships, execution to plan, measurable outcomes and people/skills development." Every chapter ends with a detailed "What the CEO can do" list of specific ideas, preceded by multiple case studies and step-by-step explanations of IT and business concepts.
Once you've read this book, make sure to leave it on your CEO's desk.
(John Wiley & Sons, 256 pages, $34.95)
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This was first published in August 2005