The main targets of Strassmann's unmasking of misconceptions about business use of computers include advocates of "best practices" and the mouthpieces of computing vendors.
While this is not a particularly angry polemic, Strassmann is all the more devastating for his understated and straightforward marshalling of basic facts. His intended audiences are the executives, managers and chief information officers responsible for developing, maintaining and managing enterprise computer resources.
The book is nicely prepared. A separate list of recommendations at the end summarizes the author's advice to CIOs. Clever and insightful sayings, with which each chapter begins, are collected in a separate section.
At times, Strassmann may seem like a voice crying in the information wilderness. However, given his credentials, his simple and powerful style of writing derived from significant knowledge will probably provide tomorrow's management gospel. One can only hope people really read him this time.
- Lou Agosta, Chicago, IL
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