Business and IT executives in leading organizations increasingly stand side-by-side to strengthen their company's strategic advantages, capture new digital markets, and realize value from disruptive technologies. Professionals responsible for defining and executing IT strategy are required to act on the digitalization of their company's business model and are continuously pressured to become more agile, innovative, and pro-active. This book introduces the six key principles that will enable business and IT executives, and the practitioners responsible for the digitalization of the firm's business model and strategy in technology-driven companies, to improve the value realization of their investments in information technology. The principles are operationalized using concepts and tools such as business IT convergence, business model canvas, agile, and value-based IT management.
Francois Zielemans has over 20 years of IT management and international consulting experience. He is currently an IT executive responsible for the solution engineering business unit of the Centric organization, a European IT provider that delivers infrastructure and software solutions for a variety of markets. While planning and executing digitalization and other projects, Mr. Zielemans applied the principles and practices covered in this book, thus reshaping and further refining them in the process. Prior to joining the Centric organization, Francois advised numerous large multi-national organizations on the digitalization of their business models, leading several organizational transformations in complex and dynamic environments. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science Degree in Business Administration. He is a prolific author and has a popular blog called The Digital Manifesto.