Five Essential Reads on Technology in Business

recommended by Daisy Reynolds

Keeping up with changes in technology is a task in itself for a business leader. However, if businesses want to stay ahead of their competition, being aware of advances within technology and the benefits it could bring to their operation is vital. This collection of books will offer guidance to all leaders looking to implement transformative technologies and processes in their business.

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    Digital Made Simple: Practical insights for successful digital programs
    by David Galea

    In 'Digital Made Simple', digital transformation expert David Galea draws on the real-life experiences and lessons which have shaped his career to help the reader understand making the implementation of transformation projects as simple, easy and painless as possible. The book is divided into three sections to create a structure to help navigate digital journeys and connect human and machine. It explores how to develop digital mindfulness that requires an understanding of new patterns created through technological chaos, alongside establishing a realistic digital baseline. Innovative and practical frameworks are presented, on how to shape a digital strategy and build internal agility so it continuously remains relevant. The delicate balance that needs to be achieved in coordinating the processes, people and technology that are so pivotal to implementing successful digital transformation agendas, is also addressed. 'Digital Made Simple' shows the reader how to leverage and exploit digital chaos to their advantage by using digital mindfulness to evaluate progress on the digital journey and developing an agile digital strategy that is responsive to changes in their environment. Readers will learn how to create a symbiotic relationship between humans and machines to develop co-intelligence and balance people, process and technology for successful implementation. It is the perfect read for leaders and executives looking for a guiding hand on their digital transformation journey and want to prepare themselves for the inevitable challenges along the way.

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    Swipe to Unlock: The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy (Fast Forward Your Product Career: T
    by Neel Mehta, Aditya Agashe & Parth Detroja

    Authored by three Product Managers at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, 'Swipe to Unlock' is a comprehensive guide on the must-know concepts of technology and business strategy. The book gives you a peek under the hood of the technology you use every day, decodes tech's biggest buzzwords, and shows you how technology is changing the society we live in for better or for worse. Covering topics such as, software development, business models & strategies, economics, hacking & security, hardware & robots, the internet, cloud computing, big data, technology policy, emerging markets and future trends, 'Swipe to Unlock' teaches you to think like a technologist. It is a must-read for anyone pursuing product management, design, marketing, consulting or business strategy roles in the tech industry.

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    The Innovation Ultimatum: How six strategic technologies will reshape every business in the 2020s
    by Steve Brown

    Most businesses identify six key digital technologies―artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledgers and blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous machines, virtual and augmented reality, and 5G communication―as critical to their relevance and growth over the coming ten years. These new disruptive technologies present significant opportunity for businesses in every industry. The first businesses to understand automation and these transformative technologies will be the ones to reap the greatest rewards in the marketplace. 'The Innovation Ultimatum' helps leaders understand the key technologies poised to reshape business in the next decade and prepare their organizations for technology-enabled change. Using straightforward, jargon-free language, this important resource provides a set of strategic questions every leader will need to ask and answer in order to prepare for the impending changes to the business landscape. Author Steve Brown shares his insights to help leaders take full advantage of the next wave of digital transformation and describes compelling examples of how businesses are already embracing new technologies to optimize operations, create new value, and serve customers in new ways. Written for anyone that wants to understand how automation and new technology will fundamentally restructure business. Providing invaluable cutting-edge content, 'The Innovation Ultimatum' is a much-needed source of guidance and inspiration for business leaders, board members, C-suite executives, and senior managers who need to prepare their businesses for the future.

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    The New It: How Technology Leaders Are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age
    by Jill Dyche

    With the onslaught of cloud solutions, consumerization of technology, and increasingly tech-savvy business people, it’s time for a manifesto for leaders who recognize―and are nervous about―the demands of the digital age. Whether you’re an executive, department head, or IT manager, 'The New IT' provides an action-ready blueprint for building and strengthening the role of IT in your company. By using field-tested techniques to align your IT department with your corporate objectives, you can leverage the power of technology across the entire company. 'The New IT' provides a set of tactical and experienced-based frameworks to help you and your colleagues conceive a new roadmap. It also includes real-world case studies and best practices from successful, technology-enabled companies such as Toyota, Merck, Brooks Brothers, Union Bank, and many others. You’ll hear from major industry pioneers, IT thought leaders, and other change agents who are leading the way in this new frontier. And you’ll learn how to bring your business and IT together in a way that is truly transformative.

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    Execute Your Tech Idea: A Step by Step Guide for Non-Techies, Professionals, Managers, and Startups
    by Mr Andrew Ward & Mr Steven Ward

    'Execute Your Tech Idea' gives you everything you need to find, qualify, implement, and launch your tech idea. Discover your 'aha!' moment in this plain-speaking, easy-to-read guidebook suitable for non-technical readers. The advice in this book has helped hundreds of professionals, managers, and startup founders like you to execute their tech idea. The book applies to all technology projects, including apps, portals, Software as a Service, software tools, smart devices, the Internet of Things, and many more. You will enjoy learning about the essential concepts you need to succeed, covered in enough detail for you to be effective without getting overwhelmed. Each chapter builds on the last, enabling you to gradually grow your confidence in a way that feels clear and easy. 'Execute Your Tech Idea' is a must-read book for anyone that is approaching a tech project without any previous knowledge of tech, or best business practices regarding a tech project.

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