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Public Service Information Technology
The Definitive Manager's Guide to Harnessing Technology for Cost-Effective Operations and Services

ISBN 9780367181109
Published November 13, 2019 by Productivity Press
266 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Public Service Information Technology explains how all areas of IT management work together. Building a computer-based information system is like constructing a house; different disciplines are employed and need to be coordinated. In addition to the technical aspects like computer networking and systems administration, the functional, business, management, and strategic aspects all are equally important. IT is not as simple as expecting to use a software program in three months. Information Technology is a complex field that has multiple working parts that require proper management. This book demystifies how IT operates in an organization, giving the public manager the necessary details to manage Information Technology and to use all of its resources for proper effect.

This book is for technical IT managers and non-technical (non-IT) managers and senior executive leaders. Not only will the Chief Information Officer, the IT Director, and the IT Manager find this book invaluable to running an effective IT unit, the Chief Financial Officer, the HR Director, and functional managers will understand their roles in conjunction with the technical team. Every manager at all levels of the organization has a small yet consequential role to play in developing and managing an IT system. With practical guidelines and worksheets provided in the book, both the functional team and the technical team will be able to engage collaboratively to produce a high-quality computer-based information system that everyone involved can be proud to use for many years and that can deliver an effective and timely public program to citizens.

This book includes:

  • Multiple layers of security controls your organization can develop and maintain, providing greater protection against cyber threats.
  • Job-related worksheets you can use to strengthen your skills and achieve desired program results.
  • Practices you can apply to maximize the value of your contracts and your relationships with for-profit companies and other contractors.
  • New method for deciding when contracting or outsourcing is appropriate when internal resources are not available.
  • Improved method for estimating intangible benefits (non-financial gains) attributable to a proposed project.
  • An approach to deciding what parts of a business process should or should not be automated, paying critical attention to decision points and document reviews.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Worksheets. Author. Introduction. Chapter 1: The IT Ecosystem: Elements Described. Chapter 2: IT Organization: People and Roles. Chapter 3: IT Budgeting: Realization of Long-Term Benefits. Chapter 4: IT System Selection: Moving Past Hype and Brand. Chapter 5: IT Contracting and Outsourcing: Achieving Maximum Value from Vendors. Chapter 6: IT Execution and Follow-Through: Daily Practice and Improvement. Chapter 7: Information Security: Protect and Safeguard the IT System. Chapter 8: IT Strategic Planning: Alignment with the Mission. Conclusion. Glossary of Terms. Answers to Chapter Quizzes. Bibliography. Manager’s Notes.

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Edward Y. Uechi has worked in the field of Information Technology since 1996, starting as a computer technician and working progressively to an IT manager position. He worked at a high-technology international corporation in Silicon Valley for five years during the boom. He then transitioned his career to the non-profit sector. He managed the IT department at a national non-profit, public policy organization in Washington, DC. For the last ten years, he has worked on consulting assignments funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Food Programme (WFP), providing IT technical assistance, organizational development, and management training to foreign governments and private companies in Africa and Middle East.

In 2015 and 2018, utility patent applications had been filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for two computer-based systems that Edward invented to improve agricultural production and payment processing.

Edward earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.