Making Better IT Investment Decisions A New Framework for IT Investment Decisions is an essential guide to getting more out of IT for business. Fully illustrated and explained with reference to numerous examples from across industries and the world, this is a groundbreaking book for advancing businesses beyond some of the unhelpful investment frameworks of the past, and attaining more accurate, comprehensive and profitable kwledge of how to approach IT projects and systems. An urgently needed new framework There is always ermous pressure on businesses to control their spending and maximise the benefits of all investment projects. This applies particularly to IT spending, where the business case for a typical IT project can often be unclear to managers and investors. Any decision on IT investment involves an assessment of the potential costs and benefits. But the benefits are hard or impossible to calculate using traditional measures such as return on investment (ROI). A new framework is needed in order to make better IT investment decisions and this book provides it. The framework is based on simple ideas about the way in which IT systems interact with a business.Building on these simple ideas, some radical conclusions can be drawn about the nature of IT investment and how it affects a business. These conclusions are very different to the commonly accepted approach to IT investment. Key to the new framework is the concept that most IT spending is geared towards building future capabilities that will t generate an immediate return. These ideas are brought together into a simple decision table that managers will find invaluable in making better decisions about IT projects. A guide for all business managers This book is for business executives who need to make investment decisions about IT projects, or who need to understand the thinking behind such decisions. This includes almost all business managers, t just those who are directly concerned with IT. It also includes those in the public and t-for-profit sectors.
Antony Barnes is an IT consultant with over 15 years of experience. With a background in system design and programming, he has a strong track record of success in helping companies gain a competitive advantage through understanding and maximising the value of their IT systems. Antony currently works in the area of mergers and acquisitions, helping businesses to maximise the value of their IT investment throughout the deal process. He holds a BSc and MSc from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from Warwick Business School.