UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. VI, Abridged Edition by J. F. Ade Ajayi

UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. VI, Abridged Edition
  • Title : UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. VI, Abridged Edition
  • Author : J. F. Ade Ajayi
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780520067011
  • Pages : 356
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Volume VI of this acclaimed series is now available in an abridged paperback edition. The result of years of work by scholars from all over the world, The UNESCO General History of Africa reflects how the different peoples of Africa view their civilizations and shows the historical relationships between the various parts of the continent. Historical connections with other continents demonstrate Africa's contribution to the development of human civilization. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and contains a comprehensive bibliography. Volume VI covers the period from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the onset of the European "scramble" for colonial territory in the 1880s. In spite of a growing European commercial, religious, and political presence during the first three quarters of the century, outside influences were felt indirectly by most African societies, and they made a number of culturally distinctive attempts to modernize, expand, and develop. These are detailed in four thematic chapters, twenty-three chapters detailing developments in specific areas, and two concluding chapters tracing the African diaspora and assessing the state of the Continent's political, economic, and cultural development on the eve of the European conquest.


Human decisions by Netexplo (France)

Human decisions
  • Title : Human decisions
  • Author : Netexplo (France)
  • Publisher : UNESCO Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 9231002635
  • Pages : 138
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  • Language : English
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Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing by Robert S. Kaplan,Steven R. Anderson

Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing
  • Title : Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing
  • Author : Robert S. Kaplan,Steven R. Anderson
  • Publisher : Harvard Business Press
  • ISBN Code : 1422163563
  • Pages : 266
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In the classroom, ABC looks like a great way to manage a company’s resources. But many executives who have tried to implement ABC on a large scale in their organizations have found the approach limiting and frustrating. Why? The employee surveys that companies used to estimate resources required for business activities proved too time-consuming, expensive, and irritating to employees. This book shows you how to implement time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC), an easier and more powerful way to implement ABC. You can now estimate directly the resource demands imposed by each business transaction, product, or customer. The payoff? You spend less time and money obtaining and maintaining TDABC data—and more time addressing problems that TDABC reveals, such as inefficient processes, unprofitable products and customers, and excess capacity. The authors also show how to use TDABC to link strategic planning to operational budgeting, to enhance the due diligence process for mergers and acquisitions, and to support continuous improvement activities such as lean management and benchmarking. In presenting their model, the authors define the two questions required to build TDABC: 1) How much does it cost per time unit to supply resource capacity for each business process? 2) How much resource capacity (time) is required to perform work for a company’s many transactions, products, and customers? The book demonstrates how to develop simple, valid answers to these two questions. Kaplan and Anderson illustrate the TDABC approach with a wealth of case studies, in diverse settings, based on actual implementations.


Cross-national Studies of the Quality of Education by International Institute for Educational Planning

Cross-national Studies of the Quality of Education
  • Title : Cross-national Studies of the Quality of Education
  • Author : International Institute for Educational Planning
  • Publisher : United Nations Educational
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 320
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  • Language : English
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This book is based on papers presented and discussions held during the Policy Forum on 'Cross-national Studies of the Quality of Education: Planning their Design and Managing their Impact' held in Paris in 2004. It contains an overview of terminology, concepts and definitions related to cross-national studies on the quality of education. It also examines three key educational policy research design questions: what will be measured, who will be measured, and what are the financial and logistical costs? Rounding off the volume are case studies that illustrate how ministries of education and international organisations disseminate the results of cross-national studies of the quality of education.


Smart Business Networks by Peter H.M. Vervest,Eric van Heck,Ken Preiss,Louis-Francois Pau

Smart Business Networks
  • Title : Smart Business Networks
  • Author : Peter H.M. Vervest,Eric van Heck,Ken Preiss,Louis-Francois Pau
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 3540266941
  • Pages : 442
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Scientists from management and strategy, information systems, engineering and telecommunications have discussed a novel concept: Smart Business Networks. They see the future as a developing web of people and organizations, bound together in a dynamic and unpredictable way, creating smart outcomes from quickly (re-)configuring links between actors. The question is: What should be done to make the outcomes of such a network 'smart', that is, just a little better than that of your competitor? More agile, with less pain, with more return to all the members of the network, now and over time? The technical answer is to create a 'business operating system' that should run business processes on different organisational platforms. Business processes would become portable: The end-to-end management of processes running across many different organizations in many different forms would become possible. This book presents you the outcomes of an energizing and new direction in management science.


Purchasing to Improve Health Systems Performance by Figueras

Purchasing to Improve Health Systems Performance
  • Title : Purchasing to Improve Health Systems Performance
  • Author : Figueras
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
  • ISBN Code : 0335225004
  • Pages : 298
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book addresses the gap of areas of the central role the purchasing function plays in many health system reforms and provides an up-to-date analysis of the evidence on different approaches to purchasing and support for policy-makers and practitioners as they formulate purchasing strategies.


Accounting Information Systems for Decision Making by Daniela Mancini,Eddy H. J. Vaassen,Renata Paola Dameri

Accounting Information Systems for Decision Making
  • Title : Accounting Information Systems for Decision Making
  • Author : Daniela Mancini,Eddy H. J. Vaassen,Renata Paola Dameri
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 364235761X
  • Pages : 355
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  • Language : English
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​This book contains a collection of research papers on accounting information systems including their strategic role in decision processes, within and between companies. An accounting system is a complex system composed of a mix of strictly interrelated elements such as data, information, human resources, IT tool, accounting models and procedures. Accounting information systems are often considered the instrument by default for accounting automation. This book aims to sketch a clear picture of the current state of AIS research, including design, acceptance and reliance, value-added decision making, interorganizational links, and process improvements. The contributions in this volume emphasize that AIS has grown into a powerful strategic tool. The book provides evidence for this observation by examining a wide range of current issues ranging from theory development in AIS to practical applications of accounting information systems. In particular it focuses on themes of growing interest in the realm of XBRL and Financial Reporting, Management Information Systems, IT/IS Audit and IT/IS Compliance. The book will be of interest to financial and managerial accountants and IT/IS practitioners, including information systems managers and consultants.


Supply Chain and Logistics in National, International and Governmental Environment by Reza Zanjirani Farahani,Nasrin Asgari,Hoda Davarzani

Supply Chain and Logistics in National, International and Governmental Environment
  • Title : Supply Chain and Logistics in National, International and Governmental Environment
  • Author : Reza Zanjirani Farahani,Nasrin Asgari,Hoda Davarzani
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9783790821567
  • Pages : 316
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  • Language : English
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Logisticsisan integralpartofoureverydaylife.Todayit in?uencesmorethanevera largenumberofhumanandeconomicactivities. Inthisbook,authorstryto illustrate some advanced logistics and supply chain management topics, recently mentioned by academic and industrial personnel. This book has been organized in 12 chapters such that the reader can study each chapter not only independently as shown in Fig. 1; but also as part of a whole. If someone wants to study the book more deeply, the suggested approach for this study is shown in Fig. 2. So the readers of this book may be divided into at least two groups: (1) students in Master’s courses or higher, who can use this book in their courses as a whole, and (2) experts who want to learn more about a new topic in logistics and supply chain management; this group may want to read a chapter about a special topic that is found in this book. In the context of global competition, the more latent topics in logistics supply chain management are fast growing. This book falls within this perspective and presents 12 chapters that well illustrate the variety and complexity of these topics. This book is organized as follows: Chapter 1 introduces logistics and supply chain management and contains some primal de?nitions about these two concepts; some obstacles, prerequisites and infrastructures of modernized logistics and supply chain management and global supply chain management are illustrated.


Cover Letter Magic by Wendy S. Enelow,Louise Kursmark

Cover Letter Magic
  • Title : Cover Letter Magic
  • Author : Wendy S. Enelow,Louise Kursmark
  • Publisher : Jist Works
  • ISBN Code : 9781563709869
  • Pages : 412
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Professional resume and cover letter writers reveal their inside secrets for creating phenomenal cover letters that get attention and land interviews. Features more than 150 sample cover letters written for all types of job seekers, including the Before-and-After transformations that can make boring letters fabulous.


Building State Capability by Matt Andrews,Lant Pritchett,Michael Woolcock

Building State Capability
  • Title : Building State Capability
  • Author : Matt Andrews,Lant Pritchett,Michael Woolcock
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198747489
  • Pages : 257
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  • Language : English
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Introduction : the "long voyage of discovery" -- The big stuck in state capability -- Looking like a state : the seduction of isomorphic mimicry -- Premature load bearing : doing too much too soon -- Capability for policy implementation -- What type of organization capability is needed? -- The challenge of building (real) state capability for implementation -- Doing problem-driven work -- The searchframe : doing experimental iterations -- Managing your authorizing environment -- Building state capability at scale through groups.


Mobile Device Management by Markus Pierer

Mobile Device Management
  • Title : Mobile Device Management
  • Author : Markus Pierer
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 3658150467
  • Pages : 109
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  • Language : English
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Ing. Markus Pierer M.Sc. proves whether or not there is a generic valid system comparison approach for various individual specifications facilitating the selection process for organizations. He illustrates important basics of enterprise mobility management, realizes classification of mobile devices and accomplishes conceptual definitions. The author divides feature descriptions in categories, thus making various different systems comparable and consistent. This comparison aims at integrating mobile devices in the existing infrastructure of small and medium-sized enterprises.


Briggs by Barry Briggs,Eduardo Kassner

Briggs
  • Title : Briggs
  • Author : Barry Briggs,Eduardo Kassner
  • Publisher : Microsoft Press
  • ISBN Code : 1509301992
  • Pages : 112
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  • Language : English
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How do you start? How should you build a plan for cloud migration for your entire portfolio? How will your organization be affected by these changes? This book, based on real-world cloud experiences by enterprise IT teams, seeks to provide the answers to these questions. Here, you’ll see what makes the cloud so compelling to enterprises; with which applications you should start your cloud journey; how your organization will change, and how skill sets will evolve; how to measure progress; how to think about security, compliance, and business buy-in; and how to exploit the ever-growing feature set that the cloud offers to gain strategic and competitive advantage.


People-Focused Knowledge Management by Karl Wiig

People-Focused Knowledge Management
  • Title : People-Focused Knowledge Management
  • Author : Karl Wiig
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1136374280
  • Pages : 392
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The business environment has changed. Sharper competition requires organizations to exhibit greater effectiveness in their operations and services and faster creation of new products and services—all hallmarks of the knowledge economy. Up until now, most of the knowledge management literature has focused on technology, systems, or culture. This book moves to the next stage, to focus on the people—the knowledge workers themselves. Noted expert Karl Wiig synthesizes recent research findings in cognitive science and related fields to describe how people actually work. He focuses on how people learn, remember, make decisions, solve problems and act—in general, how knowledge relates to work behavior. By understanding how people work, managers can improve effectiveness to gain competitive advantage.


Enterprise Mobility Management by Jack Madden

Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Title : Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Author : Jack Madden
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780989650601
  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In the past few years, more and more employees have been demanding to do work from iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Back in days of BlackBerry, dealing with mobility was easy. However, these new devices aren't so easy to manage, and the tasks that employees are doing are far more advanced. In addition, now we also have to grapple with the trend of BYOD--personal devices in the workplace. The enterprise mobility management (EMM) industry has responded with technologies like mobile device management (MDM), mobile app management (MAM), mobile virtualization, app wrapping, "containerization," and mobile file syncing. Al this technology is new, and it's evolving rapidly. The stakes are high: Thanks to the consumerization of IT, if enterprise IT doesn't figure mobility, user will bring in their own phones and tablets and do whatever they want. "Enterprise Mobility Management: Everything you need to know about MDM, MAM, and BYOD" is your guide to figuring out how it all works. In this book, readers will learn: How MDM really works, what it does well, and what its limitations are; Why IT's mindset has to evolve from locking down devices and networks to making data and applications accessible in a safe way; Why the real challenge isn't personal devices, but mixing work and personal apps and data on a single device, regardless of whether they're personally-owned or corporate-deployed; How mobile app management work, and why, despite challenges, it may be the best approach for keeping corporate data secure; And how future developments could affect approaches to enterprise mobility management. This book is for people who have been tasked with "figuring out BYOD. " It's for companies that for years have dealt with only BlackBerry and BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and want to know what's next. It's for desktop admins and architects who are now tasked with delivering applications and data to new platforms. It's for the mobile managers who were happy with BES for the past 10 years and now have to deal with users bringing in iPhones.


Machine Learning for Decision Makers by Patanjali Kashyap

Machine Learning for Decision Makers
  • Title : Machine Learning for Decision Makers
  • Author : Patanjali Kashyap
  • Publisher : Apress
  • ISBN Code : 1484229886
  • Pages : 355
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  • Language : English
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Take a deep dive into the concepts of machine learning as they apply to contemporary business and management. You will learn how machine learning techniques are used to solve fundamental and complex problems in society and industry. Machine Learning for Decision Makers serves as an excellent resource for establishing the relationship of machine learning with IoT, big data, and cognitive and cloud computing to give you an overview of how these modern areas of computing relate to each other. This book introduces a collection of the most important concepts of machine learning and sets them in context with other vital technologies that decision makers need to know about. These concepts span the process from envisioning the problem to applying machine-learning techniques to your particular situation. This discussion also provides an insight to help deploy the results to improve decision-making. The book uses case studies and jargon busting to help you grasp the theory of machine learning quickly. You'll soon gain the big picture of machine learning and how it fits with other cutting-edge IT services. This knowledge will give you confidence in your decisions for the future of your business. What You Will Learn Discover the machine learning, big data, and cloud and cognitive computing technology stack Gain insights into machine learning concepts and practices Understand business and enterprise decision-making using machine learning Absorb machine-learning best practices Who This Book Is For Managers tasked with making key decisions who want to learn how and when machine learning and related technologies can help them.


Business Performance Measurement by Andy Neely

Business Performance Measurement
  • Title : Business Performance Measurement
  • Author : Andy Neely
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780521803427
  • Pages : 366
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A multidisciplinary book on performance measurement that will appeal to students, researchers and managers.


Mobilized by SC Moatti

Mobilized
  • Title : Mobilized
  • Author : SC Moatti
  • Publisher : Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • ISBN Code : 1626567417
  • Pages : 192
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Mobile has now become such an integral part of how we live that, for many people, losing a cell phone is like losing a limb. Everybody knows mobile is the future, and every business wants in, but what are the elements of mobile success? SC Moatti, a Silicon Valley veteran who was an executive with Facebook, Trulia, and Nokia, gives businesses and professionals simple ways to thrive in this modern day “gold rush.” More than a book on technology, this is a book about human nature and what matters most to us. Moatti shows that because mobile products have become extensions of ourselves, we expect from them what we wish for ourselves: an attractive body, a meaningful life, and a growing repertoire of skills. She has created an all-encompassing formula that makes it easy for any business to develop a strategy for creating winning mobile products. Her Body Rule dictates that mobile products must appeal to our sense of beauty—but beauty in a mobile world is both similar to and different from what it means offline. The Spirit Rule says mobile products must help us address our deepest personal needs. And the Mind Rule explains that businesses that want to succeed in mobile need to continually analyze the user experience so they can improve every iteration of their products. Moatti includes case studies from mobile pioneers such as Facebook, Uber, Tinder, WhatsApp, and more. The market is full of how-to books for programming apps, but no works examine what is required for success in the mobile era. Until now.


Big Data Imperatives by Soumendra Mohanty,Madhu Jagadeesh,Harsha Srivatsa

Big Data Imperatives
  • Title : Big Data Imperatives
  • Author : Soumendra Mohanty,Madhu Jagadeesh,Harsha Srivatsa
  • Publisher : Apress
  • ISBN Code : 1430248734
  • Pages : 320
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  • Language : English
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Big Data Imperatives, focuses on resolving the key questions on everyone’s mind: Which data matters? Do you have enough data volume to justify the usage? How you want to process this amount of data? How long do you really need to keep it active for your analysis, marketing, and BI applications? Big data is emerging from the realm of one-off projects to mainstream business adoption; however, the real value of big data is not in the overwhelming size of it, but more in its effective use. This book addresses the following big data characteristics: Very large, distributed aggregations of loosely structured data – often incomplete and inaccessible Petabytes/Exabytes of data Millions/billions of people providing/contributing to the context behind the data Flat schema's with few complex interrelationships Involves time-stamped events Made up of incomplete data Includes connections between data elements that must be probabilistically inferred Big Data Imperatives explains 'what big data can do'. It can batch process millions and billions of records both unstructured and structured much faster and cheaper. Big data analytics provide a platform to merge all analysis which enables data analysis to be more accurate, well-rounded, reliable and focused on a specific business capability. Big Data Imperatives describes the complementary nature of traditional data warehouses and big-data analytics platforms and how they feed each other. This book aims to bring the big data and analytics realms together with a greater focus on architectures that leverage the scale and power of big data and the ability to integrate and apply analytics principles to data which earlier was not accessible. This book can also be used as a handbook for practitioners; helping them on methodology,technical architecture, analytics techniques and best practices. At the same time, this book intends to hold the interest of those new to big data and analytics by giving them a deep insight into the realm of big data.


Information Systems for Sustainable Development by Lorenz M. Hilty,Eberhard K. Seifert,René Treibert

Information Systems for Sustainable Development
  • Title : Information Systems for Sustainable Development
  • Author : Lorenz M. Hilty,Eberhard K. Seifert,René Treibert
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • ISBN Code : 1591403448
  • Pages : 378
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Information Systems for Sustainable Development provides a survey on approaches to information systems supporting sustainable development in the private or public sector. It also documents and encourages the first steps of environmental information processing towards this more comprehensive goal.


Experimentation Matters by Stefan H. Thomke

Experimentation Matters
  • Title : Experimentation Matters
  • Author : Stefan H. Thomke
  • Publisher : Harvard Business Press
  • ISBN Code : 9781578517503
  • Pages : 307
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  • Language : English
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Every company's ability to innovate depends on a process of experimentation whereby new products and services are created and existing ones improved. But the cost of experimentation often limits innovation. New technologies--including computer modeling and simulation--promise to lift that constraint by changing the economics of experimentation. Never before has it been so economically feasible to ask "what-if" questions and generate preliminary answers. These technologies amplify the impact of learning, paving the way for higher R&D performance and innovation and new ways of creating value for customers.In Experimentation Matters, Stefan Thomke argues that to unlock such potential, companies must not only understand the power of experimentation and new technologies, but also change their processes, organization, and management of innovation. He explains why experimentation is so critical to innovation, underscores the impact of new technologies, and outlines what managers must do to integrate them successfully. Drawing on a decade of research in multiple industries as diverse as automotive, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and banking, Thomke provides striking illustrations of how companies drive strategy and value creation by accommodating their organizations to new experimentation technologies.As in the outcome of any effective experiment, Thomke also reveals where that has not happened, and explains why. In particular, he shows managers how to: implement "front-loaded" innovation processes that identify potential problems before resources are committed and design decisions locked in; experiment and test frequently without overloading their organizations; integrate new technologies into the current innovation system; organize for rapid experimentation; fail early and often, but avoid wasteful "mistakes"; and manage projects as experiments.Pointing to the custom integrated circuit industry--a multibillion dollar market--Thomke also shows what happens when new experimentation technologies are taken beyond firm boundaries, thereby changing the way companies create new products and services with customers and suppliers. Probing and thoughtful, Experimentation Matters will influence how both executives and academics think about experimentation in general and innovation processes in particular. Experimentation has always been the engine of innovation, and Thomke reveals how it works today.


The AI Advantage by Thomas H. Davenport

The AI Advantage
  • Title : The AI Advantage
  • Author : Thomas H. Davenport
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 0262538008
  • Pages : 231
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Cutting through the hype, a practical guide to using artificial intelligence for business benefits and competitive advantage. In The AI Advantage, Thomas Davenport offers a guide to using artificial intelligence in business. He describes what technologies are available and how companies can use them for business benefits and competitive advantage. He cuts through the hype of the AI craze--remember when it seemed plausible that IBM's Watson could cure cancer?--to explain how businesses can put artificial intelligence to work now, in the real world. His key recommendation: don't go for the "moonshot" (curing cancer, or synthesizing all investment knowledge); look for the "low-hanging fruit" to make your company more efficient. Davenport explains that the business value AI offers is solid rather than sexy or splashy. AI will improve products and processes and make decisions better informed--important but largely invisible tasks. AI technologies won't replace human workers but augment their capabilities, with smart machines to work alongside smart people. AI can automate structured and repetitive work; provide extensive analysis of data through machine learning ("analytics on steroids"), and engage with customers and employees via chatbots and intelligent agents. Companies should experiment with these technologies and develop their own expertise. Davenport describes the major AI technologies and explains how they are being used, reports on the AI work done by large commercial enterprises like Amazon and Google, and outlines strategies and steps to becoming a cognitive corporation. This book provides an invaluable guide to the real-world future of business AI. A book in the Management on the Cutting Edge series, published in cooperation with MIT Sloan Management Review.


Workplace Solutions for Childcare by Catherine Hein,Naomi Cassirer

Workplace Solutions for Childcare
  • Title : Workplace Solutions for Childcare
  • Author : Catherine Hein,Naomi Cassirer
  • Publisher : International Labour Organisation
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 462
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book examines why workplaces around the world have become involved in childcare and the nature of the programs that have been implemented. It provides an overview of diverse workplace initiatives beyond traditional preschool care. Partnership is a key theme, and the authors highlight the fruitfulness of collaborations that combine the resources and capabilities of different actors. Ten industrialized and developing countries are examined through a national overview on policies and facilities for childcare and the implications for working parents, followed by case studies of specific workplaces. The studies provide considerable detail on why the childcare support was started, how it is funded and managed, how various partners are involved, and the perspectives of workers and employers on the support provided. The book shows how support for childcare has been organized and funded in a variety of workplaces and the diversity of the partnerships that have evolved in both developing and industrialized countries. It will be a useful resource for policymakers and workplace partners looking for practical ways to help working parents with their childcare needs.


Global Supply Chain and Operations Management by Dmitry Ivanov,Alexander Tsipoulanidis,Jörn Schönberger

Global Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Title : Global Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Author : Dmitry Ivanov,Alexander Tsipoulanidis,Jörn Schönberger
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 3319242172
  • Pages : 445
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This textbook presents global supply chain and operations management from a comprehensive perspective, combining value creation networks and interacting processes. It focuses on the operational roles in the networks and presents the quantitative and organizational methods needed to plan and control the material, information and financial flows in the supply chain. Each chapter of the book starts with an introductory case study. Numerous examples from various industries and services help to illustrate the key concepts. The book explains how to design operations and supply networks and how to incorporate suppliers and customers. As matching supply and demand is a core aspect of tactical planning, the book focuses on it before turning to the allocation of resources for fulfilling customer demands. Providing readers with a working knowledge of global supply chain and operations management, this textbook can be used in core, special and advanced classes. Therefore, the book targets a broad range of students and professionals involved with supply chain and operations management. Special focus is directed at bridging theory and practice.


Building Big Data and Analytics Solutions in the Cloud by Wei-Dong Zhu,Manav Gupta,Ven Kumar,Sujatha Perepa,Arvind Sathi,Craig Statchuk,IBM Redbooks

Building Big Data and Analytics Solutions in the Cloud
  • Title : Building Big Data and Analytics Solutions in the Cloud
  • Author : Wei-Dong Zhu,Manav Gupta,Ven Kumar,Sujatha Perepa,Arvind Sathi,Craig Statchuk,IBM Redbooks
  • Publisher : IBM Redbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0738453994
  • Pages : 101
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Big data is currently one of the most critical emerging technologies. Organizations around the world are looking to exploit the explosive growth of data to unlock previously hidden insights in the hope of creating new revenue streams, gaining operational efficiencies, and obtaining greater understanding of customer needs. It is important to think of big data and analytics together. Big data is the term used to describe the recent explosion of different types of data from disparate sources. Analytics is about examining data to derive interesting and relevant trends and patterns, which can be used to inform decisions, optimize processes, and even drive new business models. With today's deluge of data comes the problems of processing that data, obtaining the correct skills to manage and analyze that data, and establishing rules to govern the data's use and distribution. The big data technology stack is ever growing and sometimes confusing, even more so when we add the complexities of setting up big data environments with large up-front investments. Cloud computing seems to be a perfect vehicle for hosting big data workloads. However, working on big data in the cloud brings its own challenge of reconciling two contradictory design principles. Cloud computing is based on the concepts of consolidation and resource pooling, but big data systems (such as Hadoop) are built on the shared nothing principle, where each node is independent and self-sufficient. A solution architecture that can allow these mutually exclusive principles to coexist is required to truly exploit the elasticity and ease-of-use of cloud computing for big data environments. This IBM® RedpaperTM publication is aimed at chief architects, line-of-business executives, and CIOs to provide an understanding of the cloud-related challenges they face and give prescriptive guidance for how to realize the benefits of big data solutions quickly and cost-effectively.


Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability by Hoda A. ElMaraghy

Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability
  • Title : Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability
  • Author : Hoda A. ElMaraghy
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 3642238602
  • Pages : 665
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The changing manufacturing environment requires more responsive and adaptable manufacturing systems. The theme of the 4th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual production (CARV2011) is “Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability”. Leading edge research and best implementation practices and experiences, which address these important issues and challenges, are presented. The proceedings include advances in manufacturing systems design, planning, evaluation, control and evolving paradigms such as mass customization, personalization, changeability, re-configurability and flexibility. New and important concepts such as the dynamic product families and platforms, co-evolution of products and systems, and methods for enhancing manufacturing systems’ economic sustainability and prolonging their life to produce more than one product generation are treated. Enablers of change in manufacturing systems, production volume and capability scalability and managing the volatility of markets, competition among global enterprises and the increasing complexity of products, manufacturing systems and management strategies are discussed. Industry challenges and future directions for research and development needed to help both practitioners and academicians are presented.


Smarter Business: Dynamic Information with IBM InfoSphere Data Replication CDC by Chuck Ballard,Alec Beaton,Mark Ketchie,Frank Ketelaars,Anzar Noor,Judy Parkes,Deepak Rangarao,Bill Shubin,Wim Van Tichelen,IBM Redbooks

Smarter Business: Dynamic Information with IBM InfoSphere Data Replication CDC
  • Title : Smarter Business: Dynamic Information with IBM InfoSphere Data Replication CDC
  • Author : Chuck Ballard,Alec Beaton,Mark Ketchie,Frank Ketelaars,Anzar Noor,Judy Parkes,Deepak Rangarao,Bill Shubin,Wim Van Tichelen,IBM Redbooks
  • Publisher : IBM Redbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0738436372
  • Pages : 484
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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To make better informed business decisions, better serve clients, and increase operational efficiencies, you must be aware of changes to key data as they occur. In addition, you must enable the immediate delivery of this information to the people and processes that need to act upon it. This ability to sense and respond to data changes is fundamental to dynamic warehousing, master data management, and many other key initiatives. A major challenge in providing this type of environment is determining how to tie all the independent systems together and process the immense data flow requirements. IBM® InfoSphere® Change Data Capture (InfoSphere CDC) can respond to that challenge, providing programming-free data integration, and eliminating redundant data transfer, to minimize the impact on production systems. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we show you examples of how InfoSphere CDC can be used to implement integrated systems, to keep those systems updated immediately as changes occur, and to use your existing infrastructure and scale up as your workload grows. InfoSphere CDC can also enhance your investment in other software, such as IBM DataStage® and IBM QualityStage®, IBM InfoSphere Warehouse, and IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server, enabling real-time and event-driven processes. Enable the integration of your critical data and make it immediately available as your business needs it.


The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain by Robert Palevich

The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Title : The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Author : Robert Palevich
  • Publisher : FT Press
  • ISBN Code : 0132837617
  • Pages : 428
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Lean, green supply chain management combines the efficiency that lean technologies deliver with the environmental and cost benefits of sustainability. The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain illuminates the business benefits of combining "lean" and "green," and offers start-to-finish guidance for redesigning company infrastructure and technologies to achieve these benefits. Palevich introduces the essential concepts of lean green supply chain management, illuminating them with a comprehensive case study showing how to manage change, innovation, talent, execution, inventory, warehousing, and transportation. He demonstrates how to integrate supply chain sustainability into business scorecards; make more effective use of third-party providers (3PLs); drive more value from information; build a state-of-the-art forecasting system and share it with suppliers; and much more. He then systematically addresses the full spectrum of technical issues, including forecasting methodologies, the nitty-gritty of supplier integration; business intelligence in event-driven supply chains; carbon tracking; quantifying lean savings; and much more. This book will be an invaluable resource for every business and technical manager, decision-maker, technical specialist, and consultant concerned with lean and green supply chains.


Innovation in Information Systems and Technologies to Support Learning Research by Mohammed Serrhini,Carla Silva,Sultan Aljahdali

Innovation in Information Systems and Technologies to Support Learning Research
  • Title : Innovation in Information Systems and Technologies to Support Learning Research
  • Author : Mohammed Serrhini,Carla Silva,Sultan Aljahdali
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • ISBN Code : 3030367789
  • Pages : 641
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book provides glimpses into contemporary research in information systems & technology, learning, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and security and how it applies to the real world, but the ideas presented also span the domains of telehealth, computer vision, the role and use of mobile devices, brain–computer interfaces, virtual reality, language and image processing and big data analytics and applications. Great research arises from asking pertinent research questions. This book reveals some of the authors’ “beautiful questions” and how they develop the subsequent “what if” and “how” questions, offering readers food for thought and whetting their appetite for further research by the same authors.


Radio Frequency Identification by Mamun Bin Ibne Reaz

Radio Frequency Identification
  • Title : Radio Frequency Identification
  • Author : Mamun Bin Ibne Reaz
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN Code : 9535111434
  • Pages : 460
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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RFID based application creates tremendous new business opportunities such as the support of independent living of elderly and disabled persons, efficient supply chains, efficient anti-counterfeiting and better environmental monitoring. RFID data management, scalable information systems, business process reengineering, and evaluating investments are emerging as significant technical challenges to applications underpinned by new developments in RFID technology. This book presents the contributions from world leading experts on the latest developments and state-of-the-art results in the RFID field to address these challenges. The book offers a comprehensive and systematic description of technologies, architectures, and methodologies of various efficient, secure, scalable, and reliable RFID and RFID based applications.


Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk by Mireille Hildebrandt

Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk
  • Title : Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk
  • Author : Mireille Hildebrandt
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198860870
  • Pages : 352
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This is the first textbook introducing law to computer scientists. The book covers privacy and data protection law, cybercrime, intellectual property, private law liability and legal personhood and legal agency, next to introductions to private law, public law, criminal law and international and supranational law. It provides an overview of the practical implications of law, their theoretical underpinnings and how they affect the study and construction of computational architectures. In a constitutional democracy everyone is under the Rule of Law, including those who develop code and systems, and those who put applications on the market. It is pivotal that computer scientists and developers get to know what law and the Rule of Law require. Before talking about ethics, we need to make sure that the checks and balances of law and the Rule of Law are in place and complied with. Though it is focused on European law, it also refers to US law and aims to provide insights into what makes law, law, rather than brute force or morality, demonstrating the operations of law in a way that has global relevance. This book is geared to those who have no wish to become lawyers but are nevertheless forced to consider the salience of legal rights and obligations with regard to the construction, maintenance and protection of computational artefacts. This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.


PRAM by Peter Simon,David Hillson,Ken Newland

PRAM
  • Title : PRAM
  • Author : Peter Simon,David Hillson,Ken Newland
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780953159000
  • Pages : 96
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data by Paul Zikopoulos,Chris Eaton

Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data
  • Title : Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data
  • Author : Paul Zikopoulos,Chris Eaton
  • Publisher : McGraw Hill Professional
  • ISBN Code : 0071790543
  • Pages : 176
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Big Data represents a new era in data exploration and utilization, and IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This book reveals how IBM is leveraging open source Big Data technology, infused with IBM technologies, to deliver a robust, secure, highly available, enterprise-class Big Data platform. The three defining characteristics of Big Data--volume, variety, and velocity--are discussed. You'll get a primer on Hadoop and how IBM is hardening it for the enterprise, and learn when to leverage IBM InfoSphere BigInsights (Big Data at rest) and IBM InfoSphere Streams (Big Data in motion) technologies. Industry use cases are also included in this practical guide. Learn how IBM hardens Hadoop for enterprise-class scalability and reliability Gain insight into IBM's unique in-motion and at-rest Big Data analytics platform Learn tips and tricks for Big Data use cases and solutions Get a quick Hadoop primer


Modelling and Analysis of Sustainability Related Issues in New Era by Wen-Hsien Tsai

Modelling and Analysis of Sustainability Related Issues in New Era
  • Title : Modelling and Analysis of Sustainability Related Issues in New Era
  • Author : Wen-Hsien Tsai
  • Publisher : MDPI
  • ISBN Code : 3039210246
  • Pages : 350
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The purpose of this Special Issue is to investigate topics related to sustainability issues in the new era, especially in Industry 4.0 or other new manufacturing environments. Under Industry 4.0, there have been great changes with respect to production processes, production planning and control, quality assurance, internal control, cost determination, and other management issues. Moreover, it is expected that Industry 4.0 can create positive sustainability impacts along the whole value chain. There are three pillars of sustainability, including environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and social sustainability. This Special Issue collects 15 sustainability-related papers from various industries that use various methods or models, such as mathematical programming, activity-based costing (ABC), material flow cost accounting, fuel consumption model, artificial intelligence (AI)-based fusion model, multi-attribute decision model (MADM), and so on. These papers are related to carbon emissions, carbon tax, Industry 4.0, economic sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), etc. The research objects come from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Oman, Cyprus, Germany, Austria, and Portugal. Although the research presented in this Special Issue is not exhaustive, this Special Issue provides abundant, significant research related to environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Nevertheless, there still are many research topics that require our attention to solve problems of sustainability.


Cost Reduction and Control Best Practices by Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA)

Cost Reduction and Control Best Practices
  • Title : Cost Reduction and Control Best Practices
  • Author : Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA)
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN Code : 1118429028
  • Pages : 544
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Cost Reduction and Control Best Practices provides financial manages with no-nonsense, balanced, and practical strategies that are being targeted and used nationwide for controlling costs by thousands of companies in areas such as human resources, compensation, benefits, purchasing, outsourcing, use of consultants, taxes, and exports. These best practices are based on the trenches experience, research, proprietary databases, and consultants from the Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA) and other leading experts in their fields. * Provides best practices and techniques for controlling costs within a company * New chapters focus on outsourcing costs, downsizing, consultants' costs, and business tax costs * Provides the latest strategies companies re using to control costs


Logistics & Supply Chain Management by Martin Christopher

Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Title : Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Author : Martin Christopher
  • Publisher : Pearson UK
  • ISBN Code : 1292083824
  • Pages : 328
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The UK’s bestselling book on logistics and supply chain management – over 100,000 copies sold. Effective development and management of supply chain networks helps businesses cut costs and enhance customer value. This updated 5th edition is a clear guide to all the key topics in an integrated approach to supply chains. As well as new and updated examples and case studies, there are two new chapters: Routes to Market: Many companies now have to manage multiple distribution channels - this chapter covers strategic issues on how companies “go to market” along with the cost implications of using alternative channels. Service Logistics: As companies begin to sell performance rather than physical product, this chapter explores the implications for logistics management as the need to provide higher levels of service and customer support becomes ever more critical.


Leading Effective Supply Chain Transformations by William B. Lee,Michael Katzorke

Leading Effective Supply Chain Transformations
  • Title : Leading Effective Supply Chain Transformations
  • Author : William B. Lee,Michael Katzorke
  • Publisher : J. Ross Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1932159916
  • Pages : 288
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In most board rooms today, the pressure to continuously shrink the distance from gross revenue to net operating profit and consistently improve ROIC is acute. Many have realized and many more are beginning to realize that a well-integrated and managed supply chain is a major driver of continuously improving results. Advanced Supply Management Strategy and Execution makes the tie between competitive survival and supply chain leadership, maturity of process, and associated results. It clearly defines how to achieve and maintain a supply chain leadership position by focusing on real-world execution and detailed integration of specific actions and process techniques. These distinguished experts and accomplished authors have gathered the nuggets of success from many international firms and combined them into a winning formula, not available in other books, that has been achieved by the select few. This unique, how to guide brings the opportunity within the sub-processes of procurement and supply management into focus and includes both the hard side and soft side of the continuous process transformation. The real-world concepts, deployment examples, and illustrations are practical and explained with precision for ease of understanding and are tailored for application to any business environment. This no-fluff book will put money in your company coffers.In most companies, the effort to improve supply chain results has been short lived, incomplete, or sub-optimized. The most common reason is the lack of a clear understanding of what they really need to do, specifically line of sight linkage of the enterprise in the transformation process efforts to customers and shareholders. Advanced Supply Management Strategy and Execution provides a credible integrated roadmap to extended supply chain and enterprise engagement, and sustained optimized competitive business results. It is a must read for executives, consultants and managers in all types of operations management roles, and is suitable for advanced academic courses as well.


Marketing Myopia by Theodore Levitt

Marketing Myopia
  • Title : Marketing Myopia
  • Author : Theodore Levitt
  • Publisher : Harvard Business Press
  • ISBN Code : 1422126013
  • Pages : 90
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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What business is your company really in? That's a question all executives should all ask before demand for their firm's products or services dwindles. In Marketing Myopia, Theodore Levitt offers examples of companies that became obsolete because they misunderstood what business they were in and thus what their customers wanted. He identifies the four widespread myths that put companies at risk of obsolescence and explains how business leaders can shift their attention to customers' real needs instead.


IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 1 Planning Guide by Charlotte Brooks,Clem Leung,Aslam Mirza,Curtis Neal,Yin Lei Qiu,John Sing,Francis TH Wong,Ian R Wright,IBM Redbooks

IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 1 Planning Guide
  • Title : IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 1 Planning Guide
  • Author : Charlotte Brooks,Clem Leung,Aslam Mirza,Curtis Neal,Yin Lei Qiu,John Sing,Francis TH Wong,Ian R Wright,IBM Redbooks
  • Publisher : IBM Redbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0738489700
  • Pages : 416
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A disruption to your critical business processes could leave the entire business exposed. Today's organizations face ever-escalating customer demands and expectations. There is no room for downtime. You need to provide your customers with continuous service because your customers have a lot of choices. Your competitors are standing ready to take your place. As you work hard to grow your business, you face the challenge of keeping your business running without a glitch. To remain competitive, you need a resilient IT infrastructure. This IBM Redbooks publication introduces the importance of Business Continuity in today's IT environments. It provides a comprehensive guide to planning for IT Business Continuity and can help you design and select an IT Business Continuity solution that is right for your business environment. We discuss the concepts, procedures, and solution selection for Business Continuity in detail, including the essential set of IT Business Continuity requirements that you need to identify a solution. We also present a rigorous Business Continuity Solution Selection Methodology that includes a sample Business Continuity workshop with step-by-step instructions in defining requirements. This book is meant as a central resource book for IT Business Continuity planning and design. The companion title to this book, IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 2 Solutions Guide, SG24-6548, describes detailed product solutions in the System Storage Resiliency Portfolio.


Digitalization Cases by Nils Urbach,Maximilian Röglinger

Digitalization Cases
  • Title : Digitalization Cases
  • Author : Nils Urbach,Maximilian Röglinger
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 3319952730
  • Pages : 428
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book presents a rich compilation of real-world cases on digitalization, the goal being to share first-hand insights from respected organizations and to make digitalization more tangible. As virtually every economic and societal sector is now being challenged by emerging technologies, the digital economy is a highly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous place – and one that holds substantial challenges and opportunities for established organizations. Against this backdrop, this book reports on best practices and lessons learned from organizations that have succeeded in overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities of the digital economy. It illustrates how twenty-one organizations have leveraged their capabilities to create disruptive innovations, to develop digital business models, and to digitally transform themselves. These cases stem from various industries (e.g. automotive, insurance, consulting, and public services) and countries, reflecting the many facets of digitalization. As all case descriptions follow a uniform schema, they are easily accessible, and provide insightful examples for practitioners as well as interesting cases for researchers, teachers and students. Digitalization is reshaping business on a global scale, and it is evident that organizations must transform to thrive in the digital economy. Digitalization Cases provides first-hand insights into the efforts of renowned companies. The presented actions, results, and lessons learned are a great inspiration for managers, students, and academics. Anna Kopp, Head of IT Germany, Microsoft Understanding digitalization in all its facets requires knowledge about its opportunities and challenges in different contexts. Providing 21 cases from different companies all around the world, Digitalization Cases makes an important contribution toward the comprehensibility of digitalization – from a practical and a scientific point of view. Dorothy Leidner, Ferguson Professor of Information Systems, Baylor University This book is a great source of inspiration and insight on how to drive digitalization. It shows easy to understand good practice examples which illustrate opportunities, and at the same time helps to learn what needs to be done to realize them. I consider this book a must-read for every practitioner who cares about digitalization. Martin Petry, Chief Information Officer and Head of Business Excellence, Hilti


Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Professionals by Susan Snedaker

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Professionals
  • Title : Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Professionals
  • Author : Susan Snedaker
  • Publisher : Butterworth-Heinemann
  • ISBN Code : 9780080553726
  • Pages : 456
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Powerful Earthquake Triggers Tsunami in Pacific. Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall in the Gulf Coast. Avalanche Buries Highway in Denver. Tornado Touches Down in Georgia. These headlines not only have caught the attention of people around the world, they have had a significant effect on IT professionals as well. As technology continues to become more integral to corporate operations at every level of the organization, the job of IT has expanded to become almost all-encompassing. These days, it’s difficult to find corners of a company that technology does not touch. As a result, the need to plan for potential disruptions to technology services has increased exponentially. That is what Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is: a methodology used to create a plan for how an organization will recover after a disaster of various types. It takes into account both security and corporate risk management tatics. There is a lot of movement around this initiative in the industry: the British Standards Institute is releasing a new standard for BCP this year. Trade shows are popping up covering the topic. * Complete coverage of the 3 categories of disaster: natural hazards, human-caused hazards, and accidental and technical hazards. * Only published source of information on the new BCI standards and government requirements. * Up dated information on recovery from cyber attacks, rioting, protests, product tampering, bombs, explosions, and terrorism.