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.