1st Edition

Ready Technology
Fast-Tracking New Business Technologies

ISBN 9781482255768
Published September 23, 2014 by Auerbach Publications
171 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

USD $58.95

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Book Description

Companies understand that their ability to compete is tied directly to their ability to leverage the very latest technology advances. Fortunately, deploying new technology has never been easier, primarily due to early maturity and cloud delivery.

One approach that is helping companies rapidly pilot and affordably deploy new technologies is ready technology, a new category of information technology (IT). This book explains the ready technology adoption process in detail, enabling companies to exploit new technology immediately and effectively.

In this book, the author challenges the traditional "requirements-first/technology-second" approach to technology deployment. Espousing a "technology-first/requirements-second" approach, the author explains how business solutions are "discovered" by deploying—not studying—ready technology.

The book covers the latest trends and processes in ready technology. It also describes the characteristics of ready companies and recommends ready technology pilots that should be launched by the following industries: higher education, retail, and healthcare.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
About the Author

Ready Opportunities
The Ready Backdrop
Ready Pilots

Ready Technology Trends
Software for Hire
Devices/People/Tasks Alignment
Analytics Here, Now, and Forever
Respect Social Media
Innovation, Innovation, and More Innovation
Missions to the Clouds
Macro Trends

Ready Processes
Ready Organization
Ready Diligence
Ready Governance

Ready Companies
Ready Characteristics
Ready Context
Ready Risk Management
Ready IT
The Drivers
Ready Technology
Participatory Governance
The Outcomes
Postfederated/Decentralized Technology Adoption and Delivery
Agile Technology-Enabled Business Models and Processes
A Restructured Business Technology Marketplace

Ready Industry Pilots
Higher Education



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Stephen J. Andriole is the Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology at Villanova University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches and conducts applied research in business technology management. He is formerly a professor of Information Systems and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the George Mason Institute Professor of the Department of Information Systems and Systems Engineering at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Andriole was the director of the Cybernetics Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He was also the chief technology officer and senior vice president of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., and the chief technology officer and senior vice president for Technology Strategy at Cigna Corporation.

Some of Dr. Andriole’s books include Interactive Computer- Based Systems Design and Development (Petrocelli Books, 1983); Microcomputer Decision Support Systems (QED Information Sciences, 1985); Applications in Artificial Intelligence (Petrocelli Books, 1986); Information System Design Principles for the 90s (AFCEA International Press, 1990); Sourcebook of Applied Artificial Intelligence (McGraw- Hill, 1992); Cognitive Systems Engineering (coauthored with Len Adelman) on user interface technology (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995); Managing Systems Requirements Methods, Tools and Cases (McGraw-Hill, 1996); The 2nd Digital Revolution (IGI Press, 2005); Technology Due Diligence (IGI Press, 2009); Best Practices in Business Technology Management (Auerbach, 2009); and IT’s All About the People (Auerbach, 2011). He is also the coauthor of Social Business Intelligence (Ascendigm Press, 2013) and Avoiding #Fail (Ascendigm Press, 2013).

Dr. Andriole has published articles in the Cutter IT Journal, Software Development, IEEE Software, the Communications of the ACM, the Communications of the AIS, IEEE IT Professional, and the Journal of Information Technology Research, among other academic and practitioner journals. His IT’s All About the People won the fourth spot for Best Business Technology Books for 2011 by CIO Insight magazine.