Van Bommel and Van Engelen published four books in exactly four years in the Netherlands, on IT and management. Now these books are also available in English. In this new era of everyone being connected to everyone else, with ever greater ease of access to information, with new technology businesses overthrowing the old company hierarchies as if it were child’s play, information technology turns out to be the driving force behind sustainable societal growth. Many of the old organisations seem stuck in old structures, old methods and outdated IT systems. Digital transformation is urgently needed and requires a new management style that leaves no room for plans set in stone. Innovation is done by cycling, step by step (one pedal push at a time) while learning from small mistakes and adjusting whenever necessary.
This book offers solutions to IT problems. It is written for people who deal with IT on a daily basis: CEOs in the process of computerizing their organisations, government policy makers exploring the possibilities, IT professionals who want to specialise in solutions, and IT students who want to get to know the world in which they will seek employment.
In this book, the authors compare the practise of making detailed plans for organisations to billiards and cycling. All the information the planners have is hidden in one thrust of their cue,even though the laws of physics dictate that the exact result of three rolling, bumping balls will be different every time. In physics this is called the three-particle problem.
This book is about the growing importance of information, and access to information, in a sustainable society. Sustainability is a hot theme in management, and it’s there to stay. But we should all be careful not to follow a theme that we barely understand.
This book offers a number of attractive examples to demonstrate how people in the boardroom can influence complicated managerial processes around IT in a goal-oriented manner. Everybody talks about digital transformation, but what is it, how do you do it, and has it been done before?