Today, a hurricane is forming, and businesses are headed straight into it. This hurricane is arising from the convergence of several enormous trends in information technology, including cloud, mobility, Software as a Service, and Big Data. In Inflection Point, Scott Stawski shows how to harness these fierce winds of change, put them at your back, and sail towards greater competitiveness and customer value.
Stawski explains the strategic implications of today’s new technology paradigms, helping you reshape strategy to embrace and profit from them. You’ll discover how technology and other factors are driving a radical new round of disintermediation, reintermediation, and disruption–and what that means to you and your company.
Stawski shows how to go beyond inadequate incremental improvements, dramatically reducing IT spend and virtually eliminating IT capital expenditures. One meaningful step at a time, you’ll learn how to transform Operational IT into both a utility and a true business enabler, bringing new speed, flexibility, and focus to what really matters: your true core competencies.
BUILD A CONTINUAL TRANSFORMATION ENVIRONMENT THAT’S READY FOR ANYTHING
Focus on high-value core competencies, not fixed assets or unchanging processes
CONSUME IT THE WAY YOU CONSUME ELECTRICITY
Stop running data centers, buying software, and managing applications–forever!
LEVERAGE THE CLOUD’S SIMPLICITY WITHOUT LOSING CONTROL OR SECURITY
Use standards and governance to maximize cloud benefits with minimal risk
HARNESS THE PRECIOUS ASSET YOU MUST ALWAYS KEEP CLOSE: DATA
Build data-centric operations to deliver the right knowledge, right now, wherever it’s needed
Table of contents
- About This eBook
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Praise for Inflection Point
- Table of Contents
- About the Author
- 1. Introduction
2. The Storm on the Horizon
- What Is the Difference between Trend and Inflection Point?
- Disintermediation Will Continue and Accelerate
- How Will You Participate in the Internet of Everything?
- 3. Intellectual “Ditch Bag”
4. Information Technology as a Utility
- Newco Versus Oldco
Return on Invested Capital
- EBITDA makes companies with asset-heavy balance sheets appear to be healthier than they may actually be
- EBITDA indicates a company’s debt service ability—but only some types of debt
- EBITDA ignores working capital requirements
- EBITDA doesn’t adhere to GAAP
- EBITDA can present a laundry list of bad information
- Presumption Must Be No Owned IT Assets
- Control and Fear
- 5. Cloud Computing
- 6. The Future Is Mobile
- 7. SaaS and the Enterprise App Store
- 8. Big Data
9. The IT Department of the Future
- The Era of the IT Department as a Service Broker Has Arrived
- IT as the Owner of Standards
- IT Services Will Continue to Transform into Business Process Services
- The IT Department of One
- Transforming Seadrill
- 10. Where Do We Go from Here?
- Title: Inflection Point: How the Convergence of Cloud, Mobility, Apps, and Data Will Shape the Future of Business
- Release date: September 2015
- Publisher(s): Pearson
- ISBN: 9780134388953
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