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    20. SIP: Understanding the Session

    1. Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling
    by HaroldKerzner
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    Asin: 0471225770
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-31)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 19640
    Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
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    * Completely revised and streamlined for course use including expanded problems and exercises.
    * Content has been refocused on the critical aspects of project management.
    * Supplemented by instructors packages for both academic use and corporate trainers, includes online PowerPoint(r) presentations, student workbook, instructor's manual, and a new book of case studies.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Made Even Better!
    I have relied on this book for years as the single source for the critical project management information I've needed. The only way the author could have improved it is by streamlining some of the content. I bought my copy of the 8th edition - and he has done just that! This book has been completely revised and streamlined! It is still the best source of information for the PMI Certification Exam. I rely on it almost daily as an off-the-shelf reference while I'm on the job! If you have skipped buying Kerzner's book in the past because you've seen it all - now's the time to upgrade your library.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Source for Project Management Questions
    If you have questions on any aspect of Project Management, this is the book to consult. From organizational behavior and structure to planning, scheduling and controlling processes vital to the successful practice of project management. Most of the vital issues are discussed in a thorough, thoughtful way.

    If the book has a weakness, it is in the area of Integration - in my mind, the most difficult section of the PMP exam. The book is not only written as an undergraduate and graduate students, but also functional and senior managers. Its structure reveals the author's apparent belief that the practice of project management is more behavioral than quantitative.

    His first five chapters lay the foundation for an understanding of project management principles. Chapters 6 through 8 deal with support functions of conflict and time management; chapters 9 and 10 deal with management support. Quantitative approaches to planning, time, cost and performance are developed in Chapters 11 to 15. Chapter 16 deals discusses trade-offs. The balance of the book deals with advanced topic and future trends.

    If your budget limits you to the purchase of one project management, this is the one to own.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book is not a how to.
    I had to use this book for a project management class. I can safely say that everyone taking the course dislikes this book. I could see this being used as a reference later on after one has a good foundation built in project management but as for someone looking to break in to the subject, without someone who is experienced in PMP standing over you explaining the confusing charts and graphs, this book would bore someone to the point that the rewards of project management aren't worth the torture of having to read this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not engaging, too repetitive, and ineffectual bulleted lists
    I am a 2nd-year MBA student taking a course in Project Management, and this is the required text for the course. The professor insists that this is the preferred text for PM courses at other universities, but everyone in the class (the professor included) is thoroughly unimpressed by this book.

    The first half of the book focuses largely on soft skills, and is mainly a rehash of the topics covered in a basic organizational behavior class, or even a psychology or sociology class. The material covered is very dry and very repetitive, and is almost entirely solid text, with few diagrams to illustrate the points of the discussion. The author also makes excessive use of verbose bulleted lists. Normally, I appreciate bulleted lists as an easy to read, concise way of conveying information, but this author often composes each bullet point as its own paragraph. Such an approach defeats the purpose of using bullets in the first place.

    The second half of the text does improve somewhat over the first half. It begins an explanation of the more tangible aspects of project management, including the creation of work breakdown structures, scheduling projects, making budget projections, and applying techniques to keep a project on track. However, the style of writing is still quite thick, and makes for a slow read.

    As of now, I have limited exposure to project management, and I have read no other books to which I can compare this one. However, I would be surprised if there isn't a better book on the market. Kerzner's book will eventually give you the information you're seeking, but you'll have to work hard to get there, and you'll need to wade through a lot of excess to get to the real meat of the topic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive. One stop for Project Management knowledge.
    Several people I have talked to seem to have mixed feelings about this book. Most never get past the first few pages in the book and many are afraid not to have this book prominently displayed on their desks. The latter is to avoid someone mistaking them for a junior project manager.

    The best way to review this monumental book on project management is to list the most common arguments for and against the book.

    The book presents comprehensive knowledge of project management that you can substitute only by purchasing several books on the subject by other authors. Dr. Harold Kerzner is also one of the most respected experts on Project Management. Dr. Kerzner now has several companion books to supplement this main text book. One area that the book was considered lacking in the past was with regards to case studies. You can now buy his latest book that is dedicated to covering just case studies. The writing style is extremely easy to read and follow. Once you read his explanation on any topic, you will find that it is hard to disagree with him because his explanations are very compelling.

    The reasons many people have disliked the book - the book is too boring to read, it is too long a book, it is a compilation of bullet lists, there are not enough case studies (or problems/exercises), etc. I can't say anything about the first complaint because it is actually true but if you are in the middle of a project and have a burning question, I can promise you that is isn't so boring to pull up the relevant section in the book and find a reasonable explanation to your question. The book is very long because it is an exhaustive treatment of the Project Management field. There is no reason to read it in one sitting. Regarding being a compilation of bullet lists, it does seem that way. But when you have been in project management for a while and have an appreciation for the difficulty of the field, the lists don't get in the way. The author has enough explanations surrounding the bullet lists that I never found them annoying. To address the complaints regarding case studies, problems/exercises, there is now a book dedicated to case studies and I believe there have always been workbooks that he authored which contained more problems/exercises.

    A good approach to follow regarding the usage of this book is to buy it early on in your career but stop after reading just the first few chapters. As you are gaining experience and have been exposed to a majority of the project management field, it is time to refer to this book more often. I have followed the book through several editions over the years and looked up various topics as questions popped up in my mind while going through a project. I am yet to finish the whole book (this is my 7th year reading the various editions of his book) after all these years but I didn't expect to. It is a great reference book and I have been using it as one.

    There are better books to read on project management if you looking for a quick overview. 'The Little Black Book of Project Management' by Michael Thomsett comes to mind along with 'Project Management - Planning and Control' by Rory Burke. If you are looking for help with the PMP preparation, I highly recommend 'PMP Exam Prep' by Rita Mulcahy. Read my review on her book for more detailed information on taking the exam.

    IIL offers several Project Management classes that are taught by excellent instructors if you like what you read in this book and are looking for more of the same. A copy is given out as part of the class materials (for some of their classes). I hope you benefit from reading this book as much as I did and thanks for your patience. This is indeed a difficult book to review. ... Read more

    2. Information Systems Management in Practice, Sixth Edition
    by Barbara C. McNurlin, Ralph H. Sprague
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    Asin: 0131011391
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-16)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 26896
    Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This book deals with the management of information technology (IT) as it is being practiced in organizations today. Its emphasis is on the current material that information systems executives find important, and organizes it around a framework that provides guidance.In this sixth edition, the key themes are the Internet economy, the global marketplace, e-enablement, knowledge management and knowledge sharing. It continues to merge theory with practice through case examples of real companies' use of IT.For information technology managers and executives. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal for learning about IS management
    I bought this book for my MSc in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems and I consider that it was extremely helpful. The chapter about the perspectives of IS and the role of the CIO are very interesting. In the chapter about Information Systems Planning, they included lots of concepts related to strategy, linking IS Planning with six different approaches/techniques: Stages of Growth, Critical Success Factors, Competitive Forces Model, Value Chain Analysis, Internet Value Matrix and Linkage Analysis Planning. The chapters about managing systems development are really instructive also. I strongly recommend the book for those IT practitioners whom are seeking a managerial position. It is very useful to managers and strategists as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars From a network administrator's perspective
    I read this book as part of my first course in a Ph.D.-MIS program. I thought it was a great overview and history of MIS, and provided insight into alternative IS management styles and strategies. The case studies were relevent, current, well written and interesting. I recommend this book for all network and systems administrators. It gives insight into what thought processes should be occurring at the CIO and IS manager levels.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Great paperweight, good consolidation of other people's work
    This book provides various sources of information but no analysis by the book's authors. It is a patch work of case studies, excerpts, and paraphrasing of other texts to which I hope the original authors are getting paid royalties for.

    Some of the diagrams are simplistic, others are useless. More than half of them are from other sources.

    The book seems to formulate points of interest (e.g. traditional, evolving, and present-day IT roles) without providing analysis of why and how this affects future trends in IS management.

    I had to write a review after reading nebulous fluff like, "Being a manufacturer, LifeScan has instituted quality processes." (which successful company doesn't) or "Way back in 1964,..." (not just back, but WAY back). When you do read something of slight interest it is almost always followed by something like, "so says Mr. so-and-so, in this-paper-that-he-wrote." (e.g. pp. 126-127 whenever "Rayport and Sviokla" is mentioned - 4 times in about 1 page of text and in every paragraph - the authors are paraphrasing a point Rayport and Sviokla made)

    I'm truly amazed this book is this bad after five revisions. The authors seem to have the right information, but they really need to provide their own insights and analysis. And also have my high school english teacher review it to cut the fluff out.

    3-0 out of 5 stars College book
    I had to buy the book for one of my class (information resource management) but as an MIS major I though we would get a little more into the 'management' part, and I was disappointed with the book as it doesn't go much indepth of the matter.

    It's a good theory book, let's say!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars a great book, but way over-priced
    I used this book for a graduate course during the summer semester. Overall, I enjoyed the broad-based approach adopted by the authors. The numerous case studies were extremely useful also, as they adequately illustrated what the authors were trying to say.
    My only beef with the book is its price. I don't think it's fair to charge so much for the book. But for the cut-throat price, this book deserves five stars. ... Read more

    3. Control Systems Engineering
    by Norman S.Nise
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    Asin: 0471445770
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-22)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 25166
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Emphasizing the practical application of control systems engineering, the new Fourth Edition shows how to analyze and design real-world feedback control systems. Readers learn how to create control systems that support today's advanced technology and apply the latest computer methods to the analysis and design of control systems.
    * A methodology with clearly defined steps is presented for each type of design problem.
    * Continuous design examples give a realistic view of each stage in the control systems design process.
    * A complete tutorial on using MATLAB Version 5 in designing control systems prepares readers to use this important software tool.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars very good book
    I have the pleasure to be taking professor Nise's control systems engineering class at Cal Poly Pomona. I have to say that this is an excellent book for control systems. there is a lot of material that is covered by this book. the examples are well presented and they really help you when working on the problems at the end of each chapter. Another plus is the powerpoint slides and the matlab supplementary material included in the CD-ROM. there are nice tutorials on MATLAB and Simulink. this is a definite must have. Highly recommended

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well presented and easy to understand
    This book is excellent!!. It is well presented and easy to understand. It did not assume that the reader knows the basic and explains the essence that is needed to follow through the subject. Control System is a subject that I had problem grasping while doing my undergraduates because I was thrown with all the mathematical formulas and left to make sense out of them. In short I did not learn much from school. Control system was a dark side for me until I discovered this book. Now I understand more than before and I am read it like a story book. This book made me helped so much that I am compelled to write this review. I wish I had this book earlier. This is the kind of book that I have been searching for all this while

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book in the field.
    This is the best book explaining Matlab in control engineering. With this book and "The Student Edition of Simulink" you can do any simulations in control engineering. A must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best for Undergraduate level
    As a contract engineer, I designed a brushless DC motor controller and my company needed a good reference for them to understand the control system. This was far better than all the books I read.
    Most people deal with low order control systems and don't want the math to get in the way of understanding the concept. But control systems is a big topic and not typically well explained.
    This book is first rate from begining to end; It derives clearly and consisely all math. Builds a good tool set of common place real world examples. And, explians concepts clearly with good illustration.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Control Systems Made Easy
    This is the best book I have read on Control systems and It is for anyone who has been confused by other undergraduate Control System books. It explains everything in great detail. Every topic has been "thoroughly" dealt with and has simple to follow examples.

    It does not cover State Space design and Digital Controls extensively, (offcourse you need another volume to cover these topics). However whatever is covered on these two topics is very clear and would be a good bouncing board for someone who wants to pursue control systems in depth.

    Probably Mr. Norman would try to write a book or two on State-Space design and digital control systems in the near future ... EXCELLENT JOB MR. NORMAN S. NISE... :) ... Read more

    4. Workflow Modeling: Tools for Process Improvement and Application Development
    by Alec Sharp, Patrick McDermott
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    Asin: 1580530214
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
    Publisher: Artech House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 25990
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Limited to Swimlane Diagrams
    To me, the chapters on data modeling and use case modeling are the most valuable because I now see them in the context of process modeling. I am wondering if W. H. Inmon's book on the operational data store would help complete this "big picture." Readers of this book benefit from the very extensive experiences of the authors. The authors have seen it all and warn readers which roads are dead ends. This book includes both theory and prescriptions as to how teams can design and document processes and contribute to the alignment of technology with the needs of the organization.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Swimlane Diagramming For Analysts Doing Requirements
    This book nicely sets forth a detailed methodology for doing swimlane diagramming for workflow business processing. This book is for analysts; the discussion is about the nature of business processes that have workflow as a key characteristic. It is not about the architecture of computer solutions for such processes. If you follow the methodology in this book and flesh out the diagrams with use cases (just briefly touched on here), you will have captured most of the requirements for a business workflow process.

    The book is nicely bound and well written. The authors have been around a while and the vocabulary and approach fit nicely with older concepts like business process reengineering. The authors are not unaware of the latest developments and "UML" crops up here and there but not in the index. The diagramming is very simple compared to UML activity diagrams.

    This is good reading for the domain experts on a team working on the requirements document and a nice primer for geeks who are forced for the first time to talk to the business side of an enterprise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, fresh and, yes, exciting
    Rarely do I get excited about books on workflow modeling. I have a few good books on the subject, all of which provide solid approaches and most of which are well written. This book stands out because it goes beyond merely "solid" or "well written" by giving one of the most comprehensive approaches to workflow modeling I've had the pleasure of reading.

    First, like most books on the topic, none of the components of the approach are new. What makes the approach refreshing is the way the authors take standard techniques and tie them together into a coherent process. Second, this book can be used as a workbook during a workflow modeling project, and is well suited to this because of the numerous checklists and diagrams that will prove invaluable every step of the way. Finally, this is the first book of its kind that incorporates use cases, making it invaluable to project teams that have standardized on UML (Unified Modeling Language)or wish to integrate an object-oriented approach into a workflow modeling project. If you're not familiar with use cases I strongly recommend Writing Effective Use Cases by Alistar Cockburn (the best book on the subject in my opinion); UML Distilled by Fowler and Scott is an excellent introduction to that subject if it's new to you.

    The approach is straightforward: frame the process and define its scope, understand the existing process (if there is one), design the "to-be" process and develop use case scenarios. I wish to offer one caveat at this point: if you are reengineering a process that is seriously broken you might consider skipping the "as-is" process. Understanding the existing process is useful if your goal is incremental improvement. Reengineering efforts usually radically transform existing processes, making efforts to understand them both moot and wasted.

    Some of the highlights of this book include the authors' clear definitions and way of decomposing complex systems into discrete steps and components. For example, they use a five tier view of processes that ensures you have a complete view of all issues and factors. The views are: (1) mission, strategy and goals (I personally extend goals further into Goal-Question-Metric), (2)business processes, (3) presentation, (4) application logic and (5) data. Note that the last three align nicely to a 3-tier client/server architecture. This observation clearly shows how coherent the authors' approach is and how it can foster alignment of technology to business requirements.

    I also like how the authors clarify the key issues in process design by pointing out six enablers that you need to account for during the analysis and design phase: (1)workflow, (2) technology, (3) human resources, (4) motivations and measurements, (5) policies and rules and (6) environmental constraints (facilities, external process capabilities, etc.). There is one minor point of disagreement I have between their workflow modeling technique and the one I use. The authors use swimlane diagrams (also called Rummler-Brache diagrams), while I use deployment diagrams. The difference? Swimlane diagrams do not capture phases or cycles. I always place workflows into the context of Entry Criteria-Task-Validation-Exit Criteria (ETVX), which is nearly identical to the TQM Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. I insist on ETVX because it allows me to spot missing validation points in an existing workflow, and ensures that I clearly define entry and exit criteria, as well as validation points in a "to-be" workflow. Of course I am stating personal preferences - following the authors' approach verbatim will definitely result in a workflow design that is not only "bulletproof", but will align information systems and business process almost perfectly.

    This book is a gem. It's readable, full of ideas and, with the incorporation of use cases into the approach, completely up-to-date with respect to IS/IT methodologies. If you want a fresh, modern approach to workflow design this book is the only one that will provide it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The best book on applicacation development modeling to date.
    If you've ever asked the question: Is there a great book that teaches an excellent methodology for analyzing real world workflow, and then designing the application that will implement that workflow into an application? I've found the book that answers that question.

    Workflow Modeling is the book. It is the best book on the subject that I have read to date, and I've read dozens. It teaches you how to build visual models that illustrate the workflow process, and shows how to implement the model into an application. Superb! But it before it goes out of print. ... Read more

    5. Systems Engineering and Analysis (3rd Edition)
    by Benjamin S. Blanchard, Wolter J. Fabrycky
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    Asin: 0131350471
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-09)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 77803
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This practical introduction to Systems Engineering provides systems engineers and analysts with the concepts, methodologies, models and tools needed to understand and implement the systems approach.It views systems from a top-down, integrated, life-cycle perspective, evolving in coverage from the identification of a consumer need to design and development, production/construction, distribution, system utilization and support, retirement, and material recycling and/or disposal. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Systems Engineering
    I took a course in school that used this book and I really enjoyed the book and what it taught me about systems engineering. The authors do a great job of walking the student through the systems engineering process, and ginving a general overview of the steps. The later chapters expand upon this overview to give the detail needed to actually carry out the process. The last part of the book expands upon the "-ilities" of systems engineering which are the authors partiucalr areas of interest. I think anyone interested in systems engineering should get this book, its a great resource. A few things I didn't like was the constant referencing of graphs and figures from previous chapters, it really inhibits my learing when I have to keep flipping back and forth to follow a train of thought. There are also a few chunks of the book that are very, very hard to follow the logical train of thought and require meticulious attention to the detail, and often require rereading. I'm hoping the authors with put out an updated and expanded edition soon, that compensates for these shortfalls.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent system engineering book!
    I'm currently teaching graduate students and used this as a text book last semester. I suppose students have enjoyed this book very much. I appreciate the author and ...'s excellent work as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Overall Introductions To Systems Engineering
    One of the early original works to attempt to define Systems Engineering, it still represents one of the best overall introductions to the multiple faceted discipline of Systems Engineering and Analysis. It successfully covers the broad range of topics associated with this field. It is also a good introduction as it shows how Systems Engineering evolves over the various phases of system development from concept definition to final testing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good coverage of program/project systems engineering
    Blanchard and Fabrycky start with an excellent discussion of systems engineering (SE) history and proceed to cover program/project SE in a logical and orderly fashion. The material is well written, lacking the usual jargon and catch-words. The book could benefit from additional technical implementation details of effectiveness analysis, design concept development, and integration technique coverage. Among the alternates available, this is the preferred broad coverage of SE and well worth reading carefully. ... Read more

    6. Managing Information Technology (4th Edition)
    by E. Wainright E. Martin, Carol V Brown, Daniel W DeHayes, Jeffrey A Hoffer, William C Perkins, E. Wainright Martin
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    Asin: 0130646369
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
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    Sales Rank: 132085
    Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    I think I have learned a lot from the book. Thanks.. It is a good book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars You've got to be kidding me.
    This is literally the worst textbook I've ever used in my entire academic career. This book is jam-packed with jargon ("utilize"), acronyms (e.g.,"ERP," a term that the book does a poor job defining), and slashes. By slashes I mean, do you know how IT consultants love to use two synonymous words when one would suffice? For example: "I love/like to go jogging/running to the store/market."

    My MIS professor was a moron, however, so it's understandable that he would choose this book. IF YOU ARE A PROFESSOR WHO IS NOT A MORON, DO NOT MAKE YOUR STUDENTS SUFFER THROUGH THIS BOOK. Thanks.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book isn't good
    Consider the following statement from page 256. Here's some "early lessons" from the "new economy":

    Dot-com startups as well as clicks-and-mortar strategies can be viable for B2B for B2C ecommerce if the applications leverage Internet technologies AND a marketplace strength.

    Aren't you glad you bought the book? You ALSO need a marketplace strength to be successful, not just the Internet stuff. Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?

    5-0 out of 5 stars USEFUL REFERENCE TOOL
    I am finding this book as an extremely useful reference tool for writing my senior thesis at Rutgers University (NJ) on the Internet and B2B transactions. I find it very easy to read and useful, and some of the case studies are very interesting and helpful. Some of the other buyers don't seem to think the book is worth its price but I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THEM. I believe the book is worth its price.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Text is often Inacurate or Outright Incorrect
    This text has a tendancy to give misleading information or entirely incorrect information. Even in the most basic concepts, the authors misuse terms or create terms used nowhere else in the IT industry. The authors relay their lack of understanding for basic computer concepts in this supposedly 2001 updated edition.

    As an example for those who are literate in IT, the authors make statements such as "virtual memory is used only on larger computer systems". Got a 6 year old computer running MS Windows? You've got virtual memory.

    If you wish to learn about IT, please find another book written by authors who understand the field, not business professors. ... Read more

    7. Information Systems Today
    by Leonard M. Jessup, Joseph S. Valacich, Leonard M Jessup
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    Asin: 0130094145
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-05)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 102437
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    Book Description

    Contemporary and well written, this book serves as a good desk reference for business professionals who need to know about information systems.Chapter topics include database management, telecommunications, electronic commerce, information system ethics, security, and more.For systems analysts or general business professionals who need to know about information systems. ... Read more

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    8. Managing Technological Innovation : Competitive Advantage from Change
    by FrederickBetz
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    Asin: 0471225630
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-20)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
    Sales Rank: 586487
    Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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    Written by technology management pioneer Fredrick Betz, this updated edition introduces technology management and illustrates the importance of managing information technologies, as well as how MOT is carried out with todays physical technologies. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Verbose, dull, and utterly uninspiring
    This textbook was a requirement for a graduate-level course taught by (guess who?) Dr. Betz. I had read the entire book before the class even started (thank god for coffee), and I re-read every chapter as the semester progressed. I received an 'A' on every assignment, which is good, considering that I was bored out of my mind with the material. The book has a few interesting anecdotes, and a lot of page-filler anecdotes. It is more concerned with scientifically correct vocabulary than giving context to concept in plain English (e.g. endless ranting about physical morphologies, schematic logic, and different flavors of paradigms -- YAAAWN). Overall, this forgettable piece of work is reflective of an uninspiring academic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Big Picture on Management of Technology
    Betz's book qualifies as a "seminal work" on the subject of the Management of Technology. The book is concise and well-written.
    It gives the needed historical perspective on technology issues.

    To give you an idea of the scope and clarity of Betz's vision I note that he aptly summarizes the technological history of the world in a few paragraphs of his introduction. These most pithy sentences present a Big Picture that will serve as the backdrop to his cogent exploration of contemporary management of technology issues (a sample):

    "The gun ended the ancient dominance of the feudal warrior, and the printing press secularized knowledge. The combination of the rise of the mercantile class and the secularization of knowledge are hallmarks of modern societies."

    Betz brings together a lot of good research and presents it in a concise and stimulating format. He doesn't present the research as if the thinking had already been done. He ends each chapter with some questions for reflection.

    Having written myself on the subject of intellectual property law [in the International Media Encyclopedia Academic Press 2002, 2003], I was amazed to find illuminating case studies on the subject that I had overlooked. For example, Betz explains that the drug Penacillin was not developed commercially until WWII because companies did not want to undertake development costs without a patent.

    I highly recommend Betz's book both for Managers of Technology and for classroom use in Undergraduate and Graduate Business schools and perhaps even in Econ departments. While not an economics textbook it serves as a good introduction to technology issues for economists as well. Economists of course need to read the original papers by Schumpeter and Kondratieff, Sah and Stiglitz, but they will find important clues to the significance of those works here. I recommend the reader follow up this book by reading Hal Varian's Internet Economics or Paula Samuelson's publications on Intellectual Property along with Eric Reymond's
    The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

    I find the book's case studies well written and very thought provoking. I literally couldn't put the book down. At the first reading I skipped the main text to read the case studies on Apple, RCA and Ford.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too simple and too much introductory -not for grad student
    This book is too simple to use as a textbook. It's a nice book for undergrad class in business school or introductory class of management in engineering fields. Again, this is not the book that can be used as a textbook at all. Too simple and spend half book just for "roughly talking". Reader can found more reviews in "Interfaces, Vol.29, (2), 1999", in Book review section. The economic of technology is the more important is ignored in this book. Not recommend. ... Read more

    9. Modern Systems Analysis and Design (3rd Edition)
    by Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Joey George, Joseph Valacich
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    Asin: 0130339903
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-19)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars not cheap, but worth-to-buy book.
    I just finished a system analysis & design course with this text book. A through-semester project was also done. Actually, I had a chance to compare severals book on System Analysis & Design. My bottom line for this book is that this book is the one currently most worth to buy. Its throughful and easy-to-understand explanation for each SDLC step, how it's applied in real business situation and all possible tools for each step, such as CASE, JAD, DFDs, E-R diagrams (Flankly, i think ER diagrams of this book need more improvement..) and so on. All are really good to catch out clear concept to understand 'what is the system analysis & design' and 'how it works'. If you want to buy a book delivering clear concepts of system analysis and design and how it works in real business situation. I recommend this book. But, If you want very specific, in-dept or new-kids-on-the-block kind of topics for System analysis & design, I don't recommend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Core Fundamentals Explained in Depth
    Jeffrey Hoffer put together a strong book with his co-authors. I have not only used this text in the class room, but have had Hoffer as a professor. Let me be the first to say that this man knows his stuff.

    Beyond that, this book was amazing, it has covered anything in the systems analysis and design stages that I have seen and used in the real world.

    Unfortunatly his focus during codeing programs, is on CASE rather than modelers (Which is becomming a stronger trend in more innovative, fast-paced markets).

    3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
    This is a good book as these things go. It's not an easy read, for reasons I'm not all that sure why, but it's chock full of decent stuff. The chapters on logical & physical database design in particular make a hard slog out of what many already know intuitively.

    There's the wiff of big IS departments about this book - an environment which has largely had its day. Real systems development just doesn't work as methodically or logically as presented here. I was, however, impressed with how the author would admit real-world reasons for why the presented theories don't always happen.

    Its biggest problem is its size. A condensed version could take the most salient points and be half the size of this tome, and the rest could be put in another add-on book. It would be much easier to read physically, and probably seem less intimidating.

    The index is pretty ordinary. If they ever do a 4th edition, this is one area that needs work. Terms like "Physical Context Diagram", "intelligent key" are dropped in the text, but not indexed. Actually, "intelligent key' is never even explained.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Surprise
    I was just reading some of the other reviews and was surprised to discover this text is also used for Master's level classes. I'm pursuing my BSIS through distance learning, and this book was used for a recent class. Although I sometimes struggle with reading texts because they are not as exciting as the nearest fiction book, this was surprisingly easy to make it through. I didn't get lost in long paragraphs and obscure explanations. It gets a great big thumbs up from me!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent college text book
    As an adjunct professor of systems and database design, I use Hoffer's text in my master's level courses. It covers a huge breadth of topics in sufficient detail to give students a basic understanding, even if we completely skip the large numbers of case histories. I'm particularly pleased with its illustrations and the manner in which it handles the zillions of disparate diagramming methods available for system design. I'm happy enough with it as a classroom text that I use it as a reference for my day-job as a computer consultant. Strongly reccomended. ... Read more

    10. Management Information Systems, Ninth Edition
    by Raymond McLeod, George Schell
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    Catlog: Book (2003-08-27)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 318713
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Management Information Systems is recognized for logical organization and clear descriptions. Focusing on the role of managers within an organization, the volume emphasizes the development of computer-based Information Systems to support an organization's objectives and strategic plans. Focusing on the Systems Concepts, the Systems Approach is implemented throughout the text.The volume covers essential concepts such as using information technology to engage in electronic commerce, and information resources such as database management systems, information security, ethical implications of information technology and decision support systems with projects to challenge users at all levels of competence.For those involved in Management Information Systems. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Tough Subject
    This book does an average job of presenting what is somewhat 'deadly boring' material. Considering what they have to work with, maybe this is the best we could expect.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Falling Behind !
    I'm the reviewer from Kansas City, MO. I've used this book for 2 years, but am now switching to the Laudon textbook. The McLeod text is just not keeping up with the times, he needs a strong rewrite.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent undergraduate textbook for MIS Management
    I reviewed many textbooks for my Managing MIS course, and this was one of the finalists. I chose it because of it's easy to read style, systemic approach, and good use of case studies. It allows students to not only understand how MIS management should work, but to get a hands-on feel for what really happens in life. ... Read more

    11. The Engineering Design of Systems : Models and Methods (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management)
    by Dennis M.Buede
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    Asin: 0471282251
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-03)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
    Sales Rank: 330194
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    Systems engineering is the design of a complex interconnection of many elements to maximize performance. As such, the science relates to all fields of engineering. While systems engineering has always played an important role in industrial and military applications, advances in communications and computer technology have made this discipline especially relevant. This book introduces design methods and models used by systems engineers in the real world. It offer a comprehensive, integrated treatment that includes modeling, underlying design principles, and the process of optimization for peak performance. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable systems engineering text
    This book addresses systems engineering tools and methods needed for building complex systems. Our systems have gotten much more complex, more inter-coupled than they were decades ago --think of the recent (Summer '03) East Coast power failure. Systems Engineering tools, techniques, and education must progress to address the new complexity. This is why Buede's book is invaluable. He has digested much of the current state of thinking regarding systems engineering practices and concepts, and made them available.

    This book reflects where systems engineering is going. It is written for practicing systems engineers who deal with complex systems, and for students who have someone leading them through the subject. Persons who engineer complex systems will find this book valuable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject
    The subject of system engineering has many facets and paths to reach an implemented 'system'. This book covers the subject thoroughly and is supplemented with student problems. This book will give anyone a firm grounding in the formal approaches to the subject and a basis for moving into system engineering practice. Highly recommended.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this so called book
    The worst text book for system engineering you could ever buy.
    Concepts are vague, the text could have been much simpler, and the concept much clearer. I bet that you can read the book many times over and still not know the basics of system engineering.
    The only good chapters of this book are chapters 4, 5. You know why? Because they have nothing to do with systems engineering. ... Read more

    12. Software Configuration Management Handbook, Second Edition
    by Alexis Leon
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    Asin: 1580538827
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-30)
    Publisher: Artech House Publishers
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    This completely revised edition of an Artech House bestseller goes far beyond other software configuration management (SCM) books as the only complete guide that integrates SCM principles, advanced topics, and implementation procedures in one accessible resource. The second edition has been greatly expanded with new chapters on documentation control, product data management, SCM standards and software process improvement models like CMM, CMMI, BOOTSTRAP, ISO SPICE, and Trillium.

    Software Configuration Management Handbook, Second Edition maps the integration of SCM activities within the software development life cycle. It explores the latest advances in SCM tools, SCM organization, operation and maintenance of the SCM system, and the level of automation needed. Moreover, you find detailed guidance on determining and implementing the SCM tools and standards that best fit their specific needs. This total SCM resource is supported by numerous illustrations and updated lists of SCM vendors and SCM Internet resources. ... Read more

    13. Knowledge Management
    by Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Avelino Gonzalez, Rajiv Sabherwal
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    Asin: 0131099310
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 399202
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    This new book approaches knowledge management (KM) from several perspectives: it spans electrical engineering, artificial intelligence, information systems, and business. Comprehensive yet clearly and concisely written, Knowledge Management is simultaneously strong in managerial, technical, and systemic aspects of KM, providing readers with the right combination of theory, technology, and solutions.Organized coherently into four sections, Knowledge Management covers the principles, technologies, capture systems, sharing systems, and application systems of KM.An excellent handbook for business executives, especially chief information officers, IT directors, and chief knowledge officers. ... Read more

    14. Pro/MECHANICA Tutorial Wildfire 2.0
    by Roger Toogood
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    Catlog: Book (2004-08)
    Publisher: Schroff Development Corp
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    This book is written for first-time FEA users (in general) and MECHANICA users (in particular). After a brief introduction to finite element modeling, the tutorial introduces the major concepts behind the use of Pro/MECHANICA to perform Finite Element Analysis of parts. These include: modes of operation, element types, design studies (analysis, sensitivity studies, organization), and the major steps for setting up a model (materials, loads, constraints, analysis type), studying convergence of the solution, and viewing the results. Both 2D and 3D problems are treated. The tutorial uses a click-by-click format to show the command sequence exactly as performed by the user for a wide variety of models and design studies. ... Read more

    15. IT Architecture Toolkit (Enterprise Computing)
    by Jane Carbone
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    Asin: 0131473794
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-10)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Information Governance
    Jane Carbone provides a practical guide to implementing Enterprise Architecture. The book is drawn from Jane's extensive experience of developing enterprise and data architectures.

    It defines a best practice Enterprise Architecture approach using the Zachman Framework. The book is organised to describe:

    1. A business framework for collecting and analysing key enterprise business information. This entails defining current and target business states and, identifying gaps and opportunities.

    2. An IT framework for translating business opportunities into plans. This entails defining principles, models, listing key IT resources and standards.

    3. An implementation framework for delivering Enterprise Architecture projects. This entails identifying, selecting and prioritising projects.

    4. Key implementation activities including defining and establishing metrics, gaining buy-in from executives and IT staff and, detailing governance processes for enabling compliance.

    5. Key architecture processes, roles and human resource policies.

    6. Enterprise Architecture deliverables. This includes: the IT plan (updated at least annually); an annual financial plan for IT; a project architecture assessment; a quarterly update and presentations.

    This book is an asset to anyone who is grappling with the implementation of an Enterprise Architecture capability within a large organisation. It provides a holistic view of information governance centred around data. It is particularly relevant for people engaging in regulatory and compliance initiatives such as Sarbannes Oxley and Basel II.

    Lastly, Jane has written a handbook for practitioners, it is written in a clear and concise manner. It exudes the experience of someone who has learnt Enterprise Architecture the hard way!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Achievable Enterprise Architecture
    Finally - a book about Enterprise Architecture that steers clear of theoretical discourse and provides a practical, useable and clearly achievable approach! The components of the Toolkit are formidable and pragmatic - the guidelines and advice on Architecture Models (chapter 7) and Project Implementation (chapter 10) alone are worth the price of the book. And I was delighted to see data given equal time with functions and platform - this is an area that so many IT architecture plans either totally miss or grossly underestimate. But it's the lessons learned (provided throughout the book) that really drive the points home.

    Ms Carbone's conversational style makes the approach seem more credible and the examples more resonant - it's the literary equivalent of standing around the water cooler and discussing the latest IT strategy, warts and all! This is ultimately a good thing, because it's presented in a constructive fashion - it makes the reader assess not only how they approach IT architecture, but also the pre-conceived notions they have about it, and provides realistic solutions to typical roadblocks. Ultimately, this book should be required reading for both IT architects and their business clients, because it provides a common understanding of IT Architecture's purpose and the important role that each group plays.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enterprise Architectre planning made easy
    This book is the first that succinctly get to the heart of enterprise architecture, the benefits, the reason to take the time to plan. This book is perfect for both the business side of the house and the IT community to come together and realize the benefits of doing it right the first time. This book will never leave your desk and will serve as the model for everyone to use and follow.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic addition to body of knowledge
    I've used a number of approaches to architecture, including the Zachman Framework, the RUP 4+1, SEI's ATAM, and a plethora of others. I was skeptical that this book was going to add anything of value to the art and practice of architecture. I was wrong. This book gives a realistic approach to architecture. Better, with minor tailoring it can be applied to any of the more mainstream methodologies, and does so because it is a toolkit of methods more than a formal methodology. Of course, if you are not using one of the plethora of architecture methodologies, this book's approach will also serve nicely as a standalone methodology as well.

    The approach is based on "Infomajic Enterprise Architecture Toolkit", which was developed by the author's company (Infomajic). In some ways the approach is a scaled down version of the Zachman Framework - indeed, there is a fairly detailed comparison between the two starting on page 11.

    There are three main stages to the architecture toolkit, (1) connecting the architecture to business, (2) developing the architecture itself, and (3) implementation strategies. The latter is what sets this book apart from many which focus on 'fun' stuff and gloss over the gory details associated with implementation. Each step within these three stages are thoroughly discussed in great detail, yet the author's brisk writing style makes even the most mundane aspects highly readable.

    Key aspects of this book that I particularly like include copious real world examples, width and depth of the content, and outstanding use of charts and tables to convey information. In addition to the detailed approach in the body of the book, the nine appendices are invaluable aids, ranging from interview outlines, to estimating work effort guidelines, to sample job descriptions and architecture assessment workshop outlines.

    Regardless of which architecture methodology you are using (or are committed to using), you'll gain many useful ideas from this book. If you are searching for a viable methodology, this one is complete and has been proven in the real world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Approach
    This book offers a straightforward approach to IT architecture and a very practical framework for implementation. ... Read more

    16. Systems Engineering Principles and Practice
    by AlexanderKossiakoff, William N.Sweet
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    Catlog: Book (2002-11-15)
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    This classroom-tested approach is based on a successful course at Johns Hopkins University, originally developed to serve the needs of Westinghouse Co.
    * Provides an excellent entry-level approach to understanding how to minimize complexity and maximize efficiency in industry and business.
    * Each chapter will be accompanied by a set of problems to aid understanding.
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    17. The Executive's Guide to Information Technology
    by Jon Piot, John Baschab
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    Asin: 0471266094
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-21)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 128575
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    What Every Senior Manager and Consultant Should Know About Managing Effective IT Departments

    "This book sheds light on one of the most challenging topics for corporate officers –how to create and manage a high-performance IT department and obtain higher returns from technology-invested capital. The techniques and tools provided show how senior managers can work effectively with CIOs and IT directors to produce outstanding results. The approaches described are must-reading for non-technical executives with a stake in IT, as Baschab and Piot have taken pains to focus on the critical management concepts in IT without over-simplification."
    –Tom Bickes, President and CEO, Employbridge

    "In The Executive’s Guide to Information Technology, Baschab and Piot clearly identify the challenges inherent in many IT organizations as seen from the front lines. Guiding the reader through the day-to-day challenges, and developing a strategic, step-by-step plan make this guide a key part of every front-line technology managers toolkit."
    –Bill Holt, Enterprise Engineering Manager, EDS Corp.

    "Baschab and Piot have achieved a good balance between academic rigor and field-tested practice regarding the effective management of corporate technology departments. Their topical structure and process-oriented approach to each topic are directed at improving execution and high-stakes IT decisions such as vendor selection, technology standards, IT staffing, and performance measurement, while their real-world anecdotes provide context and variety. The book is appropriate for anyone interested in harvesting the heretofore largely untapped potential of IT, including those in capstone management of IT courses or for graduate students seeking a senior-management viewpoint on IT."
    –Leon A. Kappelman, PhD, Farrington Professor of Information Systems
    Director, Information Systems Research Center, College of Business, University of North Texas

    "This book is a valuable resource for management and technology consultants who want to understand what is on the agenda of their clients, from IT management to the executive board. The authors have vividly captured the key elements of the non-technical aspects of managing the IT department and provide prescriptive advice for ensuring the highest return on corporate IT investments.Recommended for consultants of all stripes and sure to have an immediate impact on the value consultants can deliver for their clients."
    –Mike Brynda, former Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Before you bring in Booz.Allen, read this book
    This is an excellent book with regard to understanding and managing technology.

    Each chapter is filled with so much information, it begs the reader to slow down and soak up the surprising and insightful statistics about IT.

    What's so unique about John's book is that he's writing to thousand of IT professionals, and yet it feels as if he has spent time in your department interviewing your staff and clients personally. That's how poignant this book is.

    John's ability to explain complex and dynamic problems in easy to understand language using anecdotes and allegories is uncanny. The book is founded on fundamental truths and principles that have been around for ages. It's John's ability to bring these principles to life by practically applying them to the circumstances we face very day. This makes the book both practical for the here-and-now as well as the IT professionals of tomorrow.

    I have used many of the templates suggested in this book and find them easy to understand, quickly deployable, and readily accepted by team members and clients. It's surprising, but it is the simplicity behind the templates that makes them so usable and effective. As mentioned many times in the book, applying complex technological solutions to simple requests is a common problem within IT.

    This book is like an IT bible. It's not something you read once and put on the shelf. It's something that should be referenced often. Whenever you feel you might want to consult with Booz.Allen or McKinsey... reach for this book first.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Guide for Medium to Large Businesses
    I am the CTO of a small financial services company. I read this book to see what recommendations the authors were making about IT organization and use in larger firms, ostensibly as a roadmap for where to take my department. Many of the ideas within the book (change controls, division of labor, alignment with business goals) can be found elsewhere, but Baschab and Piot have pulled it all together created a reference guide for IT managers.

    Based on my personal experience, many of their recommedations are on target. Most small- and many medium-sized organizations can benefit from their recommedations, although not without modification. It can only benefit an IT manager whose department is growing to be alert for instituting the ideas Baschab and Piot discuss, especially concerning controls, risk and organization.

    One final note: it would have been interesting for the authors to discuss how small IT departments should implement their recommendations as they grow.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended
    I am about half way through this book, and I have to say it has been a life saver. I found other related books to be too entry-level to be helpful, but this book seems to hit the target with some heavy-duty advice for the experienced IT manager.

    I found out about the book on Nicholas Carr's website where he recommended it...

    see: related readings
    Two texts from Michael Porter, the book Competitive Strategy and the article What Is Strategy?, are essential for understanding the relationships among industry structure, firm strategy, and competitive advantage. An extremely lucid overview of the current state of thinking about business strategy can be found in Richard Whittington's What Is Strategy - and Does It Matter? Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad provide insight into the relationship between corporate capabilities and competitive advantage in their classic article The Core Competence of the Corporation.

    On the technology side, Porter's Strategy and the Internet diagnoses the failures of e-strategy. Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian take a cold look at the economics of digital business in Information Rules. For a lively account of the commercial and social impact of the telegraph, see Tom Standage's The Victorian Internet. For a solid, practical overview of corporate information management today, consider Jon Piot and John Baschab's weighty The Executive's Guide to Information Technology.

    Hope this is helpful...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for IT - need for my executives to read it
    This book has all the practical advice that I wish someone had told me at the start of my IT career. Instead of another course on programming or the 15th version of some algorithm, this book has the stuff that helps you think like an executive and move forward in your career.
    The topics covered include everything you need to know about how an IT department really works - operations, applications, networking, etc. at a non-technical management level. A good book to buy if you are an IT exec or want to get there and run with the big dogs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with pragmatic advice
    The author's depth of experience in optimizing corporate IT departments clearly shines through in this well-written guidebook. Their philosophy for optimizing the IT function is unique and is a refreshing break from many of the "how to boost ROI" books frequently found in this genre. The text is obviously written from a perspective of a CEO/CFO/CIO, but the information is applicable at all levels in corporate IT departments and is particularly useful to IT consultants advising executives responsible for corporate technology.

    In addition to their unique perspectives and philosophy, the book is loaded with pragmatic advice and methodologies that can be used immediately to put their advice into practice. For example, I found the chapter on vendor selection especially useful and immediately actionable. Using their comprehensive methodology, I was able to help my client effectively move through what would have otherwise been an arduous and oblique process while avoiding some potentially very expensive pitfalls. This chapter alone was worth the price of the book.

    Overall, I highly recommend this book. ... Read more

    18. The Art of Systems Architecting, Second Edition
    by Mark W. Maier, Eberhardt Rechtin
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    Asin: 0849304407
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-28)
    Publisher: CRC Press
    Sales Rank: 39105
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Today's architecting must handle systems of types unknown until very recently. New domains, including personal computers, intersatellite networks, health services, and joint service command and control are calling for new architectures-and for architects specializing in those domains. Since the original publication, of this bestselling text, these new and emerging fields have contributed architectural concepts and tools of their own to the relatively new formalism-and evolving profession-called Systems Architecting.The Art of Systems Architecting, Second Edition restates and extends into the future the classical architecting paradigm, incorporating the most broadly applicable of these contributions. It remains the most innovative, insightful treatment available to the discipline, providing both the academic and the industrial communities with the up-to-date tools, concepts, and techniques needed to conceive and build complex systems. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the practitioner
    I ordered this book because my company has been given a task to review another company's system architecture of a large warfare system and was looking for some structured and mainstream guidance for the team to establish "goodness" of an architecture.
    Unfortunately, being in a bit of a hurry, this book frustrated me with its lack of practical criteria for evaluating architecture to make real corrections and decisions.
    It has a lot of thought provoking heuristics that might make you a hit making speeches or at INCOSE cocktail parties but won't help you actually complete or evaluate an architecture.
    As a Systems Engineer with 20 years in the business doing large scale defense systems, I am still in awe of the lack of defined guidance in how to transcend from the requirements to the architecture. That is where the magic happens in product development. The magic that ultimately determines if your product is technically a winner or a loser. This book doesn't get you any closer to that magic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Deep
    This book is probably the most abstract one on my Software Architecture bookshelf right now. Each page in this book takes twice as long to read as a page from any of my other, more technical architecture books. Another book might say "Use UML, everyone else does"; while this book says "Given a particular model set and language, it will be easy to describe some types of systems and awkward to describe others [...]".

    Time spent reading this book is a good investment in my opinion, but only if you read it at a moderate pace and reflect. The listing and discussion of heuristics is especially valuable. For example, "The greatest leverage in architecting is at the interfaces" is a good heuristic and the book has an appendix full of them. Not only that, this book offers good discussions of what each heuristic means and why it applies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Defining Architecting
    Review: This is a great overview of the subject of systems architecture. It is already highly regarded in the systems engineering community. It is rich in useful detail. It gives a comprehensive historical view of the discipline. I found a large number of specific insights about the nature of architecture as opposed to engineering. The collection of over 180 heuristics is an interesting framework for the text. I can highly recommend it as a study to both novices and seasoned professionals. The guest chapters on political process and systems architecting (Brenda Forman), and The Professionalization of Systems Architecting (Elliot Axelbrand) are both valuable additions to the immense vocabulary of the authors.
    If I have one quibble it is that the book correctly insists on quantification of performance attributes as the only proper basis for architecture, certification, and engineering. But it so often denies the measurability of so called 'soft' values - and remarkably includes things like 'safety', and 'environmental impact' in that category. I fear that setting too high a standard for quantification leaves us with mere ambiguous words. This of course is a widespread problem. I disagree, and will take up the discussion with the authors and the community - as I already have done. In addition I find a complete lack of examples, or discussion, about how 'multiple performance and cost attributes' can be used by the architectural level to understand the architectural problem. There are far too many non-quantified models, and far too little insight as to how a systems architect would deal with the quantified attribute requirements of a system. Maybe in the 3rd Edition?, August 24 2002.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great start - not the final word
    This is a good book. It has some brilliant insights. It also has some mundane material. It's the only book on SYSTEMS architecture and should be read by all architects as well as systems engineers. Software engineers could learn from it too.

    As a start on describing systems architecture (as opposed to technical or business architectures such as software, hardware, security, information, network, etc.) it does a superb job. What I would like to see is more. I sense from the books footnotes that some material from the first edition has been elided. A third edition should include recent journal articles viewpoints and any material the editor cut from the first edition.

    There are many useful insights and a good overview of systems architecture. The definition of systems architecture was good.

    I found no significant errors although some of the material included was not as relevant as some that was omitted. Newer material that has been published in journals needs to be included.

    I would like to see a better relationship drawn with systems engineering, business strategy, six sigma techniques, etc. Some of the material included may have some architectural significance but that was lost in describing systems engineering and quality approaches rather than contrasting and comparing them with SA. Perhaps a systems engineering companion book to be read first could handle this sort of material.

    The heuristics were excellent but incomplete. This is not a fault of the author but the fact that the field is new and just being documented.

    The examples used were those available. I would like to see others but many people will not let that information out for use. Certainly an example of business as a system and noting how systems architecture relates to business strategy would be a useful addition.

    Some minor glitches such as not defining acronyms before use were annoying but did not impede learning.

    I would like to see appendices with summaries of the standards referenced. I would like to know a lot more about the schools, curricula, and courses relating to SA that were mentioned.

    The research seems incomplete. The sources used were used well but there are others that did not get used. Some used did not seem to be as pertinent. I wonder if the editor gave the authors a deadline so they could publish the second edition.

    This is a good book. It can be better. Hopefully a third edition will fill in and extend the coverage, provide additional examples and more subject matter for reference in the appendices.

    If you have any interest in systems you should read this book. It would be 5 stars except that it could be improved. Since there is no other competing book it is infinitely better than the alternatives. Other books drop down an implementation level and do technical or business architectures even though they label the book as systems architecture. Those would make good follow on reading for domain and discipline engineers but all engineers should read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom Within
    I am a professional software and systems architect. Also, I have designed, built, and teach an industrial course on architecting distributed object systems. Being a very active reader of the literature on software architecture, design patterns, and software development process, I can say: there is, in my opinion, no better book on the subject of the process of architecting and the realities of life as an architect. Herein lies wisdom. Grasp it. ... Read more

    19. Critical Chain Project Management, Second Edition
    by Lawrence P. Leach
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    Asin: 1580539033
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-31)
    Publisher: Artech House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 441741
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    The Artech House bestseller, Critical Chain Project Management, now builds on its success in a second edition packed with fresh, field-tested insights on how to plan, lead, and complete projects in "half the time, all the time." It provides you with expanded coverage on critical chain planning, multiple project selection and management, critical change project networks, OPM3, new Agile and Lean techniques related to critical chain project management (CCPM), and effective strategies for bringing about the organizational change required to succeed with this breakthrough method.

    This cutting-edge work gives you full understanding of the CCPM techniques, tools, and theory you need to develop critical chain solutions and apply them to all types of projects. You get clear instructions on how to build single-project critical chain plans and how to stagger projects in a multiple-project environment. You also learn buffer management techniques for avoiding the pitfalls of committing too much or too little to any specific project, and for meeting project time and cost commitments every time. Moreover, the book integrates key features of PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) with critical chain to help you master key project management skills not covered in other critical chain books, such as scope control and risk management.

    This easy-to-follow guide offers you the power to shorten project delivery time, eliminate cost and scheduling over-runs, manage project resources more efficiently, reduce stress on your project team, and finish projects that meet or exceed expectations. Over 100 illustrations help clarify this innovative method that has produced well-documented results in a growing variety of project environments. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gran explicacion de la Cadena Critica
    He leido Cadena Critica (Goldratt), Project Management in the Fast Line (Newbold)y Critical Chain Project Management (Leach). Este ultimo da la explicacion mas exacta de las aplicaciones que tiene la Cadena Critica a la Gerencia de Projectos. Leach define clara mente que CCPM va mejorar el projectos en su totalidad (system thinking), reduciendo costos, tiempos de entrega, incremeta la confianza del equipo de Gerencia del Proyecto en tomar desiciones y sobre todo reduce la variabilidad de este. Un par de puntos en los que les falto trabajar mas a Leach fue en la aplicacion de Cadena Critica en proyectos multiples y dar mas sustentacion a la estimacion de tareas 50/50.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Know I have an idea what to do...
    I read Goldratt's Critical Chain and was interested but had no idea what to do next other than pay him a bundle of money for a seminar.

    Not the problem here. Now I understand what they are proposing and I can explore these ideas further without forking up more money... at least until I need some good training. Which has it's place... after you've decided to committ.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Experience Project Manager agrees with the Author
    Review of "Critical Chain, Project Management By Lawrence P. Leach"

    Critical Chain by Lawrence P. Leach is a must read for anyone working on a project, managing a project or managing an organization that manages projects. Mr. Leach in the first three chapters provides a thoughtful well-researched description of the need for a better way to manage projects. He provides a well reasoned argument for the need to change the process contained in the Project Management Institute's (PMI), Project Management Book of KnowledgeTM (PMBOK). Mr. Leach does a masterful job of weaving Total Quality Management (TQM) and Theory of Constraints (TOC) into project management.

    Mr. Leach then builds on this "learned" development and provides a very complete and knowledgeable primer for the process of planning and managing a project. The process he describes is complete and easy to understand.

    If your organization is using project management tools and is still embracing Critical Path Method for scheduling and schedule control the information contained in this book should give you food for thought and the reason for swithching to Critical Chain.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic coverage of PM/TOC integration
    Books covers TOC integrated into Project management, with further integration of the TQM principles. Takes what was discussed in Goldratt's "Critical Chain" novel and puts it into a How-to format. Worth every penny!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Critical Chain Yet !
    If your organization finds itself mired in delays, budget overruns, and exhausted staff 'running around in circles,' critical chain project management (CCPM) deserves your serious consideration.

    An excellent start on the road to dramatic improvements for managing your projects, this book by Mr. Leach includes his practical experiences and numerous tips for successful project management using the renowned Critical Chain approach created by Dr. Eli Goldratt. A key component of this work is the implementation plan, which will jump start your planning for the breakthrough solution to projects mired by bottlenecks and will set you on track for a process of ongoing improvement for your portfolio of projects.

    This book does a superb job of walking you through the theory, the psychology, and the practical aspects of critical chain project management. Another key thread is how Larry integrates the PMI Body of Knowledge principles with CCPM - a real plus for those who need the 'whole picture.'

    I highly recommend this work for those who are serious about making the dramatic improvements required to excel in the digital revolution - projects often are delivered 20% or more earlier using critical chain properly. Mr. Leach's book will get you started on the right track. ... Read more

    20. SIP: Understanding the Session Initiation Protocol, Second Edition
    by Alan Johnston
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    Asin: 1580536557
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Artech House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 56387
    Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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    This newly revised edition of the ground-breaking Artech House bestseller, SIP: Understanding the Session Initiation Protocol offers a thorough and up-to-date understanding of this revolutionary technology for IP Telephony. Essential reading for anyone involved in the development and operation of voice or data networks, the second edition includes brand new discussions on the use of SIP as a wireless communications protocol and mobility technology. Professionals find details on the latest application areas such as instant messaging.

    The book explains how SIP is a highly-scalable and cost-effective way to offer new and exciting telecommunication feature sets. From an examination of SIP as a key component in the Internet multimedia conferencing architecture… to a look at the future direction of SIP, practitioners get the knowledge they need to design "next generation" networks and develop new applications and software stacks. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars OK but could be much better written
    The information contains in the book makes it a pretty good primer on SIP. The organization of the book and its content is very good. The language and ways in which the author explains certain things are confusing. I think the author should be able to do a much better job in explaining things. I often find myself having to re-read certain explainations twice and much carefully when I feel I shouldn't have to -- the topics are not complicated but not well explained. Someone like Doug Comer or Richard Stevens would probably be able to make it a much easier read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Costly, but a great introduction to SIP
    Really enjoyed this book - easy to read, and the examples emphasized the points he was trying to make. The only negative is the cost of the book ... I got mine from the library, and was shocked to see how much this was selling for. After you understand SIP, this would be a decent reference book, but not the best.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Just an introduction to the SIP RFC
    This book simply summarizes some of the SIP RFC into more user-friendly english. It consists mostly of lists of SIP headers and error codes, lifted from the RFC. There is no sample code or discussion of SIP applications or architecture. Of course, the RFC is pretty hefty, so this book has been a useful introduction. I still use the RFC as my real reference, though, because there are some minor discrepancies between the book and the RFC, such as some error code names.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer
    I've read and reviewed a great deal of technical literature, and found Dr. Johnston's book to be a detailed and well-written introduction to an extremely complex protocol. Without over-simplifying, Dr. Johnston, manages to convey a great deal of information in a style of writing that is lively and engaging (and that's a real breath of fresh air, compared to similar books on the topic). I plan to put this on the required reading list for my next class on the subject.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not the best
    I found the book useful as a backup reference to the spec, but not the best explanation I have seen. It was at times slightly confusing, and found that I was constantly referring back to the SIP overview in D. Collins "Carrier Grade Voice over IP" (which is very well written). From an education perspective, it was a little like a dictionary for SIP that explained concepts such as what a given header was for, but gave little info on how it is used, or what the industry is doing.

    There were some call flows, but they were sparse with a few mistakes. Further, they were either very base, or very comprehensive, and did not cover many of the questions I had.

    In summary, if you are looking for a readable reference to help with the not so reader friendly RFC, this is pretty good. For learning how SIP is being imlemented beyond basic call handling, keep looking.

    As an option, also look at the book by Collins noted above. It is a good overview reference, and tries to address where the industry is moving from an implementation perspective ... Read more

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