Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 11, 2006
Whether due to lack of time, knowledge, or leadership, ignoring your information systems culture, staff, procedures, and content may be similar to being the captain of the Titanic. So says a new book designed for business and organizational leaders.
"Do we trust information systems 'ships' which can sink like the Titanic and do not have enough lifeboats -- or worse, untested lifeboats? Ships whose captains are in a state of shock because they were told their ships were unsinkable?"
Have you ever heard of a captain who enjoyed issuing the command, "Abandon ship?" asks information systems expert and author Corky Templeman.
Why do so many businesses and organizations mentally "outsource" the protection of their information systems infrastructures? Because, explains Templeman, "Whether it is the documentation of a program, an application, phone system, or a data network, information systems staff frequently do not have standards to strive for based on management knowledge and expectation."
A comprehensive, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, Information Systems 101, A Business Owner's Guide for Staying Afloat (Booklocker.com, 2006, ISBN Number: 1-59113-869-8; $14.95, E-book, $7.95) is available through Booklocker at the following URL: http://www.booklocker.com/books/2347.html.
"You have to manage information risk or it will manage you," advises Templeman. With this gloves-off approach, Templeman shares insider experience to expose pitfalls and hidden dangers and then responds to those dangers with solutions.
A quick read packed with real life cases of information system disasters, Information Systems 101 shows the reader how to:
o Find Information Systems professionals
o Establish Information Systems Cultures and Communications Standards
o Develop Project Management Guidelines
o Create Hardware, Software, and Network Documentation
o Generate Information Systems, Business, Facility and Security Procedures
o Consider Records Management Concerns
o Plan a basic Emergency Response Program
Information Systems 101 also provides forms to document hardware, software, networks, and procedures. The Appendices include a template to develop a disaster recovery plan. If followed, the guidelines in the book actually form the foundation and first few floors of a disaster recovery plan.
Corky Templeman is a writer and 30-year information technology veteran. Templeman's professional experience, a hybrid of accounting, information systems, and document control management, affords a unique perspective on the powerful and crucial role information systems play within a business or organization. Her career has included roles as a programmer, systems analyst, network engineer, IS manager, and consultant. Her experience has spanned many industries including healthcare, construction, energy, and environmental science. She emphasizes the frequently overlooked need for personal communication and accountability in a world that grows more and more dependent on technology.
More information is available at http://www.saveyouris.com. Templeman can be reached via e-mail.
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