2007 / 328 pages
BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT
In just a few decades since its birth, the global IT industry has grown to a trillion dollars. It continues to transform society and business, as perhaps no other industry has, yet remains one of the least understood industries in the world. Behind the facade of geekiness and technophobia lies a set of organisations routinely given the power to fundamentally reshape many facets of our lives, and in the process create lucrative sources of financial rewards for those investing in it. This book explains what consultants and IT services firms do. It examines the industry's surprisingly captivating history, and in doing so, explains why the industry does things the way it does and what motivates the different players within it. It offers insights into some fascinating questions, including:
About the authors
Was Rahman is CEO and co-founder of Dolphin
Advisory. With two decades of business experience, he has had a broad and
varied career that has given him a unique perspective on growing businesses
globally. Was has spent his career advising business and technology
executives on how best to take advantage of the changing role and potential
of IT. He has held leadership positions with Infosys Technologies and
Accenture and has also been the Managing Director of a European ISP. He has
helped numerous blue-chip companies, including JP Morgan, Shell, Toshiba,
Telstra, British Airways and Virgin, change the way they do business by
exploiting new technologies and busines models. He
is a Charter Member of TiE
“Highly relevant read, especially
because the book is boldly irreverent of the industry.”
“Was Rahman & Priya Kurien try
to piece together all the slices of the ‘least understood industry in
their book . . . Refuting Thomas Friedman’s theory of a ‘flat
world’, they insist ‘the last set of people who thought the world
was flat thought Columbus was a fool.
“The ideal handbook for the
average IT professional, and a collectable for those outside the
“The authors promise to provide
‘a non-technical and jargon-free view of the IT Services
industry’, and they deliver . . . The global IT scene is laid out in
detail, and the non-IT reader will find most of it eminently understandable.
For the curious, the title of the book is from John Godrey
I think this is a great
context-setting book for someone new to the subject of enterprise computing
and I wholeheartedly recommend it.... [This book] has a tremendous amount of
factual, unbiased, researched material, well synthesised
and presented in a very readable manner.
A useful, easy-to-read
book for people looking to move from working in the IT Services industry to
working on the industry.... The book reminds you not to ignore the fundamentals
of IT Services, development and methodologies.
I really do think that it
is very interesting....I learnt an immense amount from having read it.