Print Save PDF

About 9 minutes

Books Every Techie Should Read in the Summer of 2017

Here are 6 books to stimulate your mind and recharge you for the rest of the year, covering topics as varied as big data, the importance of design, global market forces, and saving your sanity from technology overload.

The following links are provided for the purpose of education, not vendor advertisement.

These 6 books are our honest-to-goodness, no-fingers-crossed-behind-our-backs picks for our favorite IT Strategy-related books to read this summer.

Jump ahead:

1. Make it New: A History of Silicon Valley Design
2. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World
3. No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends
4. Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Future
5. Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
6. Irrestible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
7. The Art of Persuading a CFO


1. Make It New: A History of Silicon Valley Design

By Barry M. Katz and John Maeda

The Premise:make it new - silicon valley.jpg

From the trailblazing days of early IT pioneers to the innovating times of today, design has been the key to business innovation and success.

Make It New traces the history of technology and examines how Design Thinking transforms not only tech companies, but non-profits, foundations, universities, and governments as well.

Why You Need to Read:

As an IT professional, you are the driver of your company’s future.

The design of your products or services must bridge the disciplines of research and development, engineering, art, performance, and human behavior.

Make It New shows you how to place design at the center of your business strategy, drawing inspiration from the most influential technology companies from a variety of industries over the last 60 years.

2. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

By Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

The Premise:simple rules thrive in a complex world.jpg

Our modern world is full of complexities, both at home and in the workplace.

Your success and happiness are dependent on how you manage these complexities. Simple Rules provides a framework for developing and refining rules to tame your internal and external challenges.

Why You Need to Read:

As a CIO or IT Director, you’re no stranger to complexity.

Think of this book as a guide to writing an efficient code for both your professional and personal life.

Named one of the Washington Post’s Twelve Leadership Books to Watch in 2015, Simple Rules still stands as a pre-eminent life hack for simplifying your everyday challenges.

3. No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends

By Richard Dobbs and James Manyika

The Premise:no ordinary disruption.jpg

Big data is a game-changer.

It challenges both our assumptions and our will to break from tradition.

No Ordinary Disruption calls attention to the need to reset our intuition due to four colliding forces in the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on market competition, an aging world population, and the accelerating flows of trade, capital, and people.

Why You Need to Read:

Regardless of your political views, the 2016 election ran counter to what was predicted.

It is a perfect case study on how we cannot rely on established prediction models. We must widen our scope of data collection and not be constrained by the ways of the past.

No Ordinary Disruption applies this thinking to the global economy.

How well you adapt to the new facts of business life and use the technology at your disposal to adjust to change will help determine the success of your business. 

4. Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Futurewinning with data.jpg

By Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien

The Premise:

Speaking of big data, Winning with Data dives into the cultural changes it brings to business.

Winning with Data shows you how to shift the internal culture of your business to stay ahead of the curve, focusing on four main talking points: understanding the changes that data culture brings to the table, how to position your company for maximum benefit, how to utilize data to optimize your business, and how big data improves decision-making and business strategy.

Why You Need to Read

With the boom of the Internet of Things and big data analytics, your company must not fall behind the curve.

Winning with Data will show you how to harness the power of big data for the benefit of personnel, leadership, structure, organization, and success.

5. Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future

By Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

The Premise:whiplash boo.jpg

We live in a complex and volatile time, more so today than at any point in human history.

All the tools of technology are getting faster, smaller, and cheaper, connecting billions of strangers across the world with one quick click or swipe.

Whiplash lays the groundwork for how your company can survive the turmoil of such fast transformation and connectivity and emerge as a leader in such a rapidly-changing world.

Why You Need to Read:

In times of change, part of human nature is to hold onto tradition as a protective shell.

This can cause decision-makers to play it safe, which in the modern world, can spell trouble for your company.

Whiplash outlines 9 principles to manage rapid change, ultimately allowing you to create a dynamic blueprint for your company to strategically embrace risks and draw innovation from within.

6. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked 

By Adam Alter

The Premise: irrestible - rise of addictive tech.jpg

Irresistible is a study of technology addiction. Instagram, Netflix, email, FitBit, video games – our world is suffering from an epidemic of behavior addiction that drives profits and consumes us all.

So, how do you beat the systems of engagement and not succumb to the temptation?

Why You Need to Read:

It’s important to understand the effects of modern technology on individuals and places of business.

Irresistible looks at the dark side of technology and how it can undermine productivity, mental health, and our relationships. Learn how to harness the power of technology for good so you can gain increased satisfaction both at home and in the workplace.


Time for a Bonus Book!

7. The Art of Persuading a CFO

The Premise: When it comes to pitching an IT project to the CFO, it can often feel like going into battle.cfo-ebook.png

It shouldn’t have to be this way. The Art of Persuading a CFO illustrates how the CFO and IT Director or CIO essentially share the same goal – to ensure the success and future growth of the business.

Why You Need to Read: The Art of Persuading a CFO includes important advice on how to pitch to the CFO.

From taking out the technical jargon to focusing on financials and framing the big picture, The Art of Persuading a CFO will help you streamline your argument and become more persuasive during important leadership discussions.


 

Written by IBM BP Network