About the “Technology Garden” project

What’s “The Technology Garden” about?

Well, the idea is to offer a practical guide for organisations that want to improve the business value that their IT systems and people deliver; and more seamlessly connect the business processes and information that are increasingly stored in and managed by IT systems, to the organisation’s needs.

The book provides a distillation of best practice, drawn from dozens of in-depth interviews with senior IT and business executives, and the authors’ combined 75 years of industry experience, into a number of common-sense principles that readers can apply directly to the domain of IT-business alignment.

By doing so, the book answers the following questions:
• Why is IT-business alignment so difficult?
• What is it about the current business and IT environment that places an increased onus on IT-business alignment?
• What practical steps can I implement to ensure the greatest chances of success now and in the future?

We’re very keen indeed that the book focuses on making things work better today. We’re not aiming to author a collection of nice-to-have theories, or record the un-mappable best practices of a single organisation. Throughout, we use a wide variety of case studies and real-world examples, covering both where things have worked and where they have not, so we can draw conclusions from the successes and failures of the past. We’ve also provided some scorecards, which should help readers understand how well they’re currently doing and what they can do next.

UPDATE: You can now buy the book from Amazon. Here’s a link to the book on the UK site.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Barbara says:

    What are the preferred Technorati Tags for the book?

  2. joncollins says:

    To be honest, I have absolutely no idea! I’ll ask the guys 🙂

  3. David Ryan says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book, which summarised my 20 years of interaction/frustration with IT in both private and public sectors.

    I have a few comments:

    Preface: typographical error in paragraph 3: the word ‘even’ after the colon should have a lower case ‘e’.

    P2 – line 8: the apostrophe in the abbreviation ‘it’s’ is the wrong way round

    P7 – paragraph 4: the word ‘the’ needs to be introduced between the words ‘accept’ and ‘current’.

    P15: more could be said about the relationship between the Finance and IT functions. Two issues here:

    1. Finance control budgets so IT try to keep them happy;
    2. First IT systems were often procured to support Accounts department as computers were good at number crunching – so Finance and IT have long established working relationship.

    P98: The CTO position has not been discussed before. How does this job differ from the CIO? The description in previous sections on the role of CIO makes him/her out to be a CTO, rather than a CIO in the Archives, Library, Publications or Webmaster mould.

    P118: Title for figure 7.3 – the text in brackets appears to be an editorial pre-press comment that has been left in inadvertently.

    PP168-9: the gardening analogy is used to describe the lifecycle of IT services. A useful commentary on this subject is ‘The IT Strategic Impact Grid’ as described in ‘Information Technology and the Board of Directors’ by Richard Nolan and F. Warren McFarlan, Harvard Business Review, October 2005, p99 inset.

    cheers, David

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