Top Books Every CIO Must Read (pt.1)

by Thao Pham

Leaders in general always need to keep themselves updated with the latest technological trends or insightful content. By this, they can keep pace with the …

Leaders in general always need to keep themselves updated with the latest technological trends or insightful content. By this, they can keep pace with the ever-evolving management concepts and practices, running their organization steer past the competition and unlock unprecedented business opportunities.

Therefore, CMC Global has created a list of top management books to ensure that your business management skills keep pace with your IT knowledge.

1. The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

 The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

Target Audience

CIOs and IT executives.

Book Summary

In order to be successful, CIOs around the world have to make difficult decisions around tons of matters, from technology, business to resources. They must, thereby establish a balance between different aspects of the business. In this process, there are high chances that questions and situations can appear paradoxical in nature, and this book explores these questions around three key areas:

  • The role of the CIO
  • Their stakeholders
  • Their staff.

The book touches critical issues and dilemmas such as:

  • Cutting cost vs. investing in innovation
  • Running operations vs. devising strategy
  • Futuristic vs. archivist approach to technology
  • Accountability vs. ownership

This is the book that helps you weigh options and understand the implications of each decision in real-world circumstances based on the prevalent paradoxical conditions experienced in many enterprise organizations today.

About the Author

Martha Heller, a prominent influencer in the IT leadership segment. She is the founder of the CIO magazine.

2. The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age

The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age

Target Audience

Business and IT leaders who are looking for ways to understand the digital transformation in the modern business organization.

Summary

This book provides a contrast between business practices and decision making in organizations before and after the prevalence of Internet or digital technologies. It displays the ways that organizations leverage data as a strategic asset and describes how innovation is introduced on a small scale and expanded rapidly and the importance of agility and adaptability.

The book guides on harnessing customers, competition, platforms and data to innovate and disrupt the industry by leveraging new business models. The playbook works as a step by step guide for pre-digital era companies to transform into technology leaders in the modern business segment.

About the Author

David L. Rogers, faculty director at Columbia Business School and advisor to leading enterprises including Google, Toyota and GE, among others

3. The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

Target Audience

DevOps professionals and IT executives.

Summary

The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations is based on over 25,000 data points collected over 5 years of research. This book is considered one of the masterpieces in the DevOps industry by experts. So, reading it, you will have deep insights behind DevOps and how it drives success in leading enterprise IT organizations. The author use 40 case studies from organizations such as Etsy, Google and Facebook to describe the implementation of DevOps principles.

Moreover, the book provides a guideline on getting started with DevOps SDLC strategies as seen in complex enterprise IT environments. The author also discusses a wide range of common challenges for these organizations as they evolve their IT as DevOps-centric organizations.

About the Authors

Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois and John Willis. They are all pioneers and influencers in the DevOps industry that have transformed years of experience and knowledge form software organizations into actionable guidance for IT leaders pursuing the DevOps methodology.

4. Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

Target Audience

Business executives, IT leaders and managers.

Summary

We are no stranger to sci-fi fictions, but what if the reality is gradually catching up with our wildest imagination? The book outlines the challenges and opportunities associated with the technologies that are now coming closer to reality, for example its speed and scope of these technology changes. Today, technology is impacting every business organization and CIOs must understand the underlying principles to take advantage of them. The technology trends are presented as an interesting read that a wide variety of audience can enjoy, and yet hold unprecedented value for CIOs making critical decisions in their organization.

About the Authors

Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT, and Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, a leading scholar in the domain of information systems and economics.

5. The Digital Matrix: New Rules for Business Transformation Through Technology

the Digital Matrix: New Rules for Business Transformation Through Technology

Target Audience

CIOs and business executives

Summary

The book highlights the issue that many legacy organizations operate on antiquated operational models and therefore fail to compete against agile and innovative startup firms. The book helps leaders at these organizations to understand what kind of players are leading the business landscape, the transformation phases legacy organizations must undergo to follow the trajectory to digital transformation and definitive strategic practices that will ensure long-term business success in the digital era. The book is about capturing the value of human talent, machines and new ideas to prepare for a successful digital future.

About the Author

Venkat Venkatraman is the Professor of Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business. He has previously taught at MIT Sloan School of Management and London Business School, and earned awards such as IBM Faculty Fellowship for his contributions.