META Group to Author First Three 'Best Practices' Books for IT Professionals
Intel Corporation announced today it has selected Pearson Education/Addison-Wesley to publish a series of books to guide companies in the design and build-out of their e-Business strategies. The series, entitled IT Best Practices, is being developed with leading researchers, vendors and end-users. It is intended to show information technology decision-makers how to use the Internet for greater business performance and competitive advantage.
'The rules for e-Business have changed, with a greater emphasis on standardization, investment protection and unconditional uptime,' said John Davies, vice president of Intel's Solutions Market Development Group. 'Many books have been written about different aspects of e-Business and the Internet; our goal is to bring together expert knowledge from throughout the industry to make it easier for businesses to take advantage of the Internet for sustainable competitive advantage.'
The IT Best Practices series will be authored by contributors from across the industry. Each book will offer clear background and analysis, as well as practical and specific directions for deploying IT infrastructure and managing IT operations. The first three books in the series, authored by META Group, are being published this month. Additional titles will be available in the first half of 2002.
'IT professionals turn to Intel for complete business solutions. We are delighted to work with Intel to publish these 'best practices',' said John Wait, executive vice president and publisher of Addison-Wesley Professional, a division of Pearson Education. 'These books will help IT professionals change the way they do their jobs.'
The first book in the series, The Adaptive Enterprise, by Bruce Robertson and Valentin Sribar of META Group, will help guide companies in the design of flexible e-Business infrastructures that can scale as a business grows or to meet unforeseen circumstances. Enriching the Value Chain, also by Robertson and Sribar, will help companies organize their e-Business systems around the needs of suppliers, partners, and customers. Securing Business Information, by Christian Byrnes and Dale Kutnick of META, explains how to keep information and IT assets secure in an Internet-based distributed computing environment.
'Through our work with hundreds of end-user organizations from the Global 2000, we have produced best methods and processes that enable transformation across the IT and business organization,' said Val Sribar, co-research director and executive vice president of META Group's Infusion Programs. 'Intel has given us the opportunity to collaborate with them on this research and publish it in the first three books of this series.'
Coming the first half of 2002, watch for: Building Operational Excellence: Strategies to Improve IT People and Processes. Other topics in the series will include Web services, measuring IT risk and value, mergers and acquisition integration, and distributed services management.
About Pearson Education/ Addison-Wesley
With offices in 30 countries, Pearson Education is the world's largest education business. Its leading brands include Addison-Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Longman, Prentice Hall, Scott Foresman, and NCS Pearson, as well as the leading technology imprints, Que, Sams, New Riders, Cisco Press, and Peachpit. Pearson Education is the global leader in online learning through http://www.safari.com/ for IT publications and http://www.informit.com,/ as well as the CourseCompass program, http://www.coursecompass.com,/ for Higher Education and its 2000 textbook companion Web sites. For more information, visit http://www.pearsoned.com/ or http://www.awl.com/cseng/.
About META Group
META Group is a leading research and consulting firm, focusing on information technology and business transformation strategies. Delivering objective, consistent, and actionable guidance, META Group enables organizations to innovate more rapidly and effectively. Its unique collaborative models help clients succeed by building speed, agility, and value into their IT and business systems and processes. Connect with http://www.metagroup.com/ for more details.
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
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