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Today, technology is an indispensable support to business. In a world of accelerative change, there are critical dependencies and vulnerabilities in all organizations and at all levels of society. Organizations require a new model - a new culture - for best success and prevention of bad outcomes: the new standard is the Business-Technology Weave.

Failed events and circumstances have a common point: It’s the failure to identify and define true need – resulting in the denial of an appropriate solution.

“In the realm of risk, unmanaged possibilities become probabilities,” says David Scott, author of I.T. Wars: Managing the Business-Technology Weave in the New Millennium. “Any business is dependent on one thing: a managed progression through a world of accelerative change. To the unqualified organization - whether large or small, public or private, government agency or non-profit group - change will soon have the appearance of a tsunami: channel it - or drown.”    

According to Mr. Scott, the true challenge is in bringing diverse groups of people together from the business and technical realms, in defining needs and in making true delivery of solutions and protections. The challenge is cultural, and Mr. Scott defines a new cultural standard: the Business-Technology Weave. The Weave is a holistic approach that turns everyone and everything into a responsible forward edge. It includes considerations of people, knowledge, communication, corporate culture, attitudes, relationships, content (information), infrastructure, applications, needs, and expectations. It comprises missions with specific beliefs, values, and standards in service to security and growth. The Weave clears political impairments, helps to dismantle protectionism and jealousy, breaks down departmental “silos,” and ultimately opens the way to a future that you define – in preventing the alternative: future’s imposition on you.

At the local level, organizations face liabilities in today’s environment of e-mail, IMs, blogs, downloads, and portable data – in Mr. Scott’s words, “What is being done in the name of your domain?” Organizations must best leverage, and protect, content (information, business data). In the era of remote and home offices, there is now a blended environment of personal and business assets – with new security issues and resolutions. What should the organization do regarding economic vulnerabilities in the age of terror? There are new considerations in disaster planning, preparedness, prevention, and recovery.

At a national level, crucial support systems involving utilities, commerce, communications, transportation, health care, national security, and more are totally dependent on technology. These must be actively surveyed for risk, and those in attendance must perform, cooperate, and deliver with an immediacy that wasn’t necessary in former years. To close the circle, the organization must have a role in contributing to the larger, surrounding, public safety – in securing its own.

Mr. Scott’s book is the first effective treatment for putting the answer of best practices into place. Practices that answer the true nature, and full scope, of today and tomorrow’s challenges. I.T. Wars: Managing the Business-Technology Weave in the New Millennium can be ordered from Amazon.com, and will soon be available at leading bookstores.

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