Top 6 Books For IT Leaders

David McAughtrie

Digital technology is deeply entrenched in the business world, forming the backbone of communication, data gathering and analysis, and customer experience processes. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms have capitalized on this trend, using digital tools to streamline and automate business operations.

Today’s software is taking this mission further than ever before, embracing full digital transformation by incorporating this technology into every aspect of the business. Business leaders have more access to detailed business information, which enables informed decisions, making it possible to execute business-critical initiatives faster than ever.

IT professionals are leading the way when it comes to harnessing the power of digital tools. These six books take a closer look at current and future technology trends, offering powerful methods of incorporating new technology into today’s businesses.

1. “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future,” by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson

The authors of best-seller “The Second Machine Age” explore the integration of minds and machines in a world where computers can beat humans in strategy games and small tech startups are rapidly outpacing long-time technology leaders. In this new world, corporate research labs are being left behind as crowdsourcing takes over the work of driving innovation. Learn how businesses are adapting – and what happens to those that don’t.

2. “The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age,” by David Rogers

Rogers, a digital expert from Columbia Business School, argues that updating your technology isn’t enough to compete in the digital age. Instead, he provides a roadmap to upgrading strategic thinking company-wide – a critical exercise for pre-digital organizations. Rogers discusses the outdated assumptions used by many companies in considering customers, value, data, competition, and innovation, and he offers a roadmap for harnessing new opportunities.

3. “Digital to the Core: Remastering Leadership for Your Industry, Your Enterprise, and Yourself,” by Mark Raskino and Graham Waller

Digital transformation is multidimensional, making it impossible to create a single, direct strategy for organizational change. Authors Raskino and Waller argue that business leaders must facilitate change in three distinct arenas: industry, enterprise, and self. Through comprehensive understanding of the current and coming impact of digital transformation, Raskino and Waller believe that businesses can survive and thrive.

4. “The New IT: How Technology Leaders Are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age,” by Jill Dyche

Once relegated to basic support functions, IT professionals are now core members of strategic planning teams – or should be. Dyche’s book discusses the demands of the digital age and why organizations that exclude IT from strategic planning will quickly find it impossible to compete. More important, Dyche offers a map to success, including how to assess your company’s current IT profile, design an effective future state, and fill in any gaps between the two.

5. “Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation,” by George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee

Businesses operating in traditionally technology-free industries are in the habit of ignoring developments in digital tools. The general sense is that advanced technology is only relevant to media, entertainment, and tech companies. However, the digital transformation means businesses in every industry must adapt or perish. This book offers a guide to incorporating analytics, mobile, sensors, social media, and cloud computing into companies operating in any industry to create a strategic advantage.

6. “Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, Transform Your Industry,” by Maciej Kranz

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to be a game-changer for organizations of every size and type, and Kranz offers the information necessary to keep up. Learn more about the business implications of IoT as well as best practices for integrating IoT into strategic planning.

IT leaders are in the spotlight as digital transformation changes the most fundamental aspects of traditional business operations. Be prepared to meet the challenge with advice from these IT experts.

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David McAughtrie

About David McAughtrie

Dave McAughtrie is content marketing expert for SAP S/4HANA Cloud.