Book Review – The Quantum Age of I.T.

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The Quantum Age of IT

ISBN: 978-1-84928-375-5

Author:

Charles Araujo

Audience:

Anyone in IT

Coverage:

IT as we know it is dead. Forces are at work, reshaping the very fabric of the IT organization. Driven by our own history, changing perceptions of how technology should work and newfound, but very real, competition, IT organizations are struggling to evolve – but into what? In The Quantum Age of IT, Charles Araujo examines what has led us to this point and what it means to the future of IT organizations. With a broad perspective on the fundamental changes affecting the industry, he offers practical guidance that every IT professional needs to compete in this new era of IT. Whether you are an IT executive, or just beginning your career, this book will offer you the key insights you need to understand what is happening and what is coming.

Level:

Beginner – advanced.

Karen’s Comment:

This book has been on my desk for some time and I just hadn’t found the time – up until now – to give it a good read. Why was I waiting! This is a book the IT industry has been talking about since it was first published back in 2012 and I understand why. It has been described as the ‘most definitive book on IT transformation’ and I couldn’t agree more. This is a book that has to be read by everyone in IT if you want to survive as an organisation or as an individual in IT.

Charles describes the history of IT that has caused the struggle we are now facing and how commoditization, consumerization and cloud computing is bringing a new era of competition that most of us – if not all of us – are just not ready for. IT has to become a retailer and not a manufacturer.

The book not only describes the new business model that IT will have to adapt and how it will need to become a learning, disciplined, transparent, intimate and dynamic organisation but also the five skills that individuals within the organisation will need to acquire to survive. As Charles says ‘The technology skills that have been in high demand are being commoditized. There is only one way to see this – those skills are not your future’.

The five skills we need to master if we are to be relevant now and into the future are IT financial management, critical thinking and analytical skills, communications and marketing, innovation and collaboration, and leadership.

One of the best things about this book apart from the insightful and thought provoking content is that it is easy to read.

I cannot stress how important this book is. IT as you know it is gone. This has to be on your reading list.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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