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"I would recommend this book to ICT practitioners who are lost in the functional decomposition that is taking place in the ICT industry at the moment, and who want to get an understanding of the "big picture" and how they fit into it; to managers in both business and technology roles, who need to have a working framework for linking business to technology opportunities and a framework that can facilitate conversation between technical and non-technical managers at all levels; and to academics as a model rich with application and explanatory power that really deserves further investigation." from the Foreword by Grafton Whyte, Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business, Namibia "An initial observation is the obvious maturity and confidence expressed in the book which is comprehensive and authoritative in content and approach. The bottom-line for investing in Information Technology has always been a critical issue for managers given previous reports of its potential lack of productivity to business enhancement and/or service delivery. The book is unique as it presents a clear and present analysis of how business value may be achieved. There are indeed a myriad of 'new' perspectives emerging around topics associated with, for example, knowledge management, social media, business analytics, etc. The book presents a realistic opportunity of how to progress this area through a grounding in information and systems which form the foundation of electronic processes for business benefit. It will be of significant value to academics, a range of student populations at all levels and will also offer a useful intellectual tool for consultants and practitioners. The book is highly reflective, insightful and is recommended as a serious and important contribution to the complexities of investing in information." Raymond A Hackney, Brunel University London, UK

Table of Contents

Part I: Taking Stock.- 1. Introduction.- 2. The Information Management Body of Knowledge.- Part II: Exploring Information Management.- 3. Exploring Information Technology.- 4. Exploring Information Systems.- 5. Exploring Business Processes.- 6. Exploring Business Information.- 7. Exploring Business Benefits.- 8. Exploring Business Strategy.- Part III: Operationalising Information Management.- 9. Assessing Information Management Capability.- 10. Researching Information Management.- 11. Some Models and Frameworks Reviewed.

About the Author

Andy Bytheway is presently researching information systems engineering standards at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Over the last 16 years, working first as Professor of Information Systems and then of Information Management, he has developed and tested the IMBOK in different contexts. Prior to 1998 he was a Research Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management in the UK. He has led international work on standards for information systems engineering, and he has authored more than 100 practitioner and academic reports and papers; this is his fourth book.


"I wish I could have read this book when I was younger. (...)This book is as essential read for technical specialists and business generalists who want to see the big picture and create more value together." - Ernest Hughes, Computing Reviews, February 2015

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