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Inflection Point: How the Convergence of Cloud, Mobility, Apps, and Data Will Shape the Future of Business

Book Description

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.


    Focus on high-value core competencies, not fixed assets or unchanging processes


    Stop running data centers, buying software, and managing applications–forever!


    Use standards and governance to maximize cloud benefits with minimal risk


    Build data-centric operations to deliver the right knowledge, right now, wherever it’s needed

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Praise for Inflection Point
    5. Dedication
    6. Table of Contents
    7. Foreword
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. About the Author
    10. 1. Introduction
      1. Penguin Corporation Deals with IT
    11. 2. The Storm on the Horizon
      1. What Is the Difference between Trend and Inflection Point?
      2. Disintermediation Will Continue and Accelerate
        1. Tesla
        2. Shapeways
        3. Orbitz
      3. How Will You Participate in the Internet of Everything?
        1. The Internet of Health
        2. The Internet of Traffic
        3. The Internet of Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods
        4. The Internet of Assets
        5. The Internet of Design
        6. The Internet of Manufacturing and Logistics
        7. The Internet of Supply Chain
    12. 3. Intellectual “Ditch Bag”
      1. Core Competency
      2. Competitive Advantage
        1. Core Competency and Competitive Advantage Working Together
      3. Continual Transformation Environment
      4. The Three Foundation Principles Working Together
    13. 4. Information Technology as a Utility
      1. Newco Versus Oldco
      2. Return on Invested Capital
        1. EBITDA makes companies with asset-heavy balance sheets appear to be healthier than they may actually be
        2. EBITDA indicates a company’s debt service ability—but only some types of debt
        3. EBITDA ignores working capital requirements
        4. EBITDA doesn’t adhere to GAAP
        5. EBITDA can present a laundry list of bad information
      3. Presumption Must Be No Owned IT Assets
      4. Control and Fear
    14. 5. Cloud Computing
      1. What Is Cloud Computing?
      2. Why the Cloud?
      3. Cloud Deployment Models
        1. Procter & Gamble
      4. Security and Continuity
      5. Standards
      6. Business Continuity
    15. 6. The Future Is Mobile
      1. The Mobile Explosion
      2. Mobile Device Management
      3. Service-Oriented Architecture and the API Library
      4. Mobile Middleware
      5. Security
    16. 7. SaaS and the Enterprise App Store
      1. Software as a Service (SaaS)
      2. The Enterprise App Store
        1. How Employees Pay for Apps
        2. Outstanding App Stores
    17. 8. Big Data
      1. Data: A Company’s Core Asset
      2. Big Data and the Internet of Everything
      3. Data Lakes
      4. Who Gets and Who Doesn’t Get Big Data
    18. 9. The IT Department of the Future
      1. The Era of the IT Department as a Service Broker Has Arrived
      2. Governance
      3. IT as the Owner of Standards
      4. IT Services Will Continue to Transform into Business Process Services
      5. The IT Department of One
      6. Transforming Seadrill
        1. Shift from CAPEX to OPEX
        2. High Availability and Disaster Recovery for Continuous Operation
        3. The Flexibility to Scale
    19. 10. Where Do We Go from Here?
      1. Mandate from the Top
      2. Three Camps of CIOs
      3. Attitudes and Structures
      4. CIOs as Heroes
    20. Bibliography
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
    21. Index