Part I: The IT Value Chain Chapter 1: Introduction: Shoes for the Cobbler's Child Chapter 2: The IT Value Chain: a process foundation Part II: Supporting the IT value chain Chapter 3: A supporting data architecture Chapter 4: A supporting systems architecture Chapter 5: Patterns for IT Enablement Part III: Conclusion Chapter 6: Epilog Appendix A: Architecture methodology used in this book Appendix B: Some thoughts on the professionalization of enterprise IT Appendix C: IT Professional Organizations
Charles Betz is the Research Director for IT Portfolio Management for Enterprise Management Associates, with extensive practitioner experience as an enterprise architect for large scale IT operations in retail and financial services.
"In most companies IT has "evolved"-perhaps it's time to consider "intelligent design." This is the value of Charlie's book. Charlie describes a process-based approach coupled with data modeling and metadata concepts, which translate in turn to distributed system architectures: a type of three-legged stool for the purpose of putting more intent into ITSM infrastructure design. I consider him one of the foremost thinkers in the area. He has certainly opened my eyes to the wonders of it all." -- Ken Wendle, FISM, ITSM Solution Lead, Hewlett Packard, Co-founder and Past President, itSMF, USA "Charles Betz' work is innovative and paradigm-shifting, but more importantly he is the first person to get below the hype of running 'IT Like a Business' and provide actionable ideas for managing information technology business processes more effectively and efficiently. This is a must read for anyone charged with enterprise architecting, IT planning, and IT governance and management in general." -- David Buckholtz, Vice-President, Enterprise Architecture; Sony Pictures Entertainment "Betz tells us that the cobbler has been ignoring his children, but in fact the average Fortune 500 executive probably believes that IT management is already a science: i.e., the emperor has no clothes! In a succinct yet detailed fashion, Betz clothes & shods the royal progeny with a clear and concise approach to IT management that leverages the enterprise resource planning and value chain integration notions. How do enterprise and business process modeling, performance metrics, SOA and BPMN, business planning and the COBIT & ITIL frameworks contribute to better, cheaper and faster IT systems and change that matches the business' pace? Betz shows how to leverage what's available, and run IT like a business. This book is destined to sit on the shelf of every IT professional who is tired of patching software and fighting fires, and prefers to offer a businesslike service to the business he serves." -- Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group, Inc. "Charles Betz's new book is a welcomed look at IT governance. By breaking down the different functional areas of IT, he has created a roadmap to the highest levels of maturity. Serious technology professionals will find this resource extremely valuable in planning, executing, and reviewing their infrastructure environment. Making Shoes for the Cobbler's Children is critical reading for anyone who envisions a new world of technology governance. This book unveils a great model that managers and executives can use to maximize their technology investment. It develops an action plan for managing all elements of the technology environments as a business which is long overdue." -- R. Todd Stephens, Ph.D., BellSouth Corporation "Making Shoes for the Cobbler's Children will help you implement a successful IT governance program by giving you a firm foundation in current IT governance essentials. Betz's practical patterns, models, and processes will jumpstart your IT governance planning and analysis initiatives, leading to increased business confidence in IT's overall effectiveness and ability to deliver." --- Karen Lopez, Principal Consultant, InfoAdvisors, Inc. "For decades, the management of Information Technology has been driven by more art than science. Charlie's broad view of the IT Value Chain and his use of design patterns for IT processes gives the reader clear examples of how to get started with their own journey toward IT excellence. His clear passion for the subject matter makes for an easy read." -- Dennis Gaughan, Research Director, AMR Research