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10 Books To Turn IT Pros Into Business Pros

Nobody doubts that as an IT professional you know your field. But how much do you know about business? If the answer is "not enough," it's time to start learning. Here are 10 books to help turn IT pros into business ninjas.
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Chances are, no matter what your role in IT is, you are being pressured to learn more about the business. Whether you are the CIO trying to transform IT, or on the help desk trying to serve it, someone is probably pushing you to learn more about the business side of things. You know your 1s from your 0s, and now here are 10 books to help you know your Ps from your Qs.

Learning to apply your IT skills to the business is no joke. The pressure to do so increases every day. Take Big Data as an example. You can set up all the databases you want, but if the data isn't getting to the business in a useful and timely format, you've wasted your time and the business's money.

[Having trouble making sense of disparate data? Read Data Visualizations: 11 Ways To Bring Analytics To Life.]

The same can be said for tracking marketing, social media, or even the way you set up your security efforts.

To be at your best, you need a mix of soft skills, for communication and business knowledge, and IT skills to get the job done. We've found 10 books that help the IT pro gain those skills -- whether you want to be a CIO, a middle manager, or just the best engineer you can be.

Check out our list and then join us in the comments section below to share your favorite books that helped you see the business side a little clearer.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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shamika,
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11/1/2015 | 12:09:56 AM
Re: Good to great
In deed this is an interesting article
shamika
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shamika,
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10/30/2015 | 8:50:09 PM
Good to great
This is an interesting book which helps in understanding why it is important to move from good to great. I like the fact of "Fist who, then what" which shows it is important to get the right talents. This contributes more towards the success of any business.  
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PaulB568,
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10/20/2015 | 1:25:00 PM
10 Books that might be interesting
Strong disconnect between the premise of books that would help you learn business and the actual books listed. I would have suggested something like: Financial Intelligence: A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean, that really does teach you about business and has many interesting case stories of people who cooked the books.
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fcoker980,
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10/20/2015 | 9:50:34 AM
Another Book for the List
Pulse: Understanding the Vital Signs of Your Business

By Frank Coker

On Amazon.

I use this book in a master's degree program at the University of Washington in a course on entrepreneurship. The book explains to a non-financial audience how financial data can be used to predict future success or failure of a business. This information could save many thousands of companies from going out of business evrey year. The secrete is seeing what's ahead before you get there. Most entrepreneurs just go until they hit a wall then they are forced to stop and make a course correction or simply stop. By steering around the brick walls, the entrepreneur can avoid a lot of pain and can save a huge amount of money fixing things after they break. The book draws from concepts used in predictive analytics and trend analysis, but does so in a very approachable way. If you read the book I would love to get your feedback. My email address is in the book.   Cheers! Frank Coker
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shamika,
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10/20/2015 | 12:56:29 AM
Interesting article
This is an interesting article. It is always important to know about your business irrespective of your field. This will help in adding more value in terms of what you do.
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