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building-successful-information-systemsBook Title:  Building Successful Information Systems

Author:  Michael Savoie, Ph. D.

Publisher:  Business Expert Press

List Price:   US$39.95

Format:  soft cover; 90 pages

Publication Date:   2012

ISBN-13:        978-1-60649-425-7 (paperback)

Reviewer:      Jerry Harraman

Review Date:              April 2013
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Introduction to the Book 

Building Successful Information Systems by Dr. Michael Savoie reminded me of a recent life experience that illustrates his principles.

I am fascinated by the Ti Plant (the Hawaiian good luck plant) and have tried to grow one from a Ti plant ‘stick’ many times. So I recently, on a whim, ‘googled’ Ti Plant from my smart phone. In 1.22 seconds, it returned 17,600,000 hits. Trying to process this data, formatted for a PC screen, on my 2” x 2” smart phone screen was impossible at best.

According to the author, the five best practices to ensure organization effectiveness and profitability are right data, right place, right time, for the right person, with information in the right format. 

I needed to be able to read only one of the 17,600,000 pieces of data. The place, time and person were right, but the data and format were sorely missed.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The author draws on his professional experiences to remind us of these ‘first principles’ needed in today’s data processing world. He begins by reminding us of the basic principles of information systems outlined as an information ladder: data, information, knowledge and wisdom. Through experiences he illustrates what constitutes data, how to get information from the data to the right place, at the right time, for the right person and in the right format.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

What is new in the book is ‘old’! In today’s new technologies, we have the ability and concern [lest we miss something important] to collect and store immeasurable amounts of data. Enamored with this capability and power, we forget the goal – provide our customers with information they can process to run their business. 

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About the Reviewer

flag-usajerry-harramanJerry Harraman 

Jerry Harraman is an IT executive and PMP with an extensive background leading various global programs and organizations, specializing in business systems and service delivery.  Leadership has focused on successfully supporting business strategy, company profitability and organization success.