Reviews of "Riding the Tiger"
by Alistair Davidson, Harvey Gellman and Mary Chung.
Riding the Tiger is classic book filled with timeless lessons about information management. It is designed for the non-technical manager whose fate is now intimately tied up with the company's information management strategy and project management practices.
This is the one book you should own if you are involved in a information management project or you are trying to use information technology in a new way.
Don't repeat mistakes that other have already figured out how to avoid!
"The book is a small gem. It provides a managerial point-of-view about what can often seem an overwhelming problem: how to marry good business practice to the latest techno fads. Ultimately, the authors advocate that you need to learn how to ride the information tiger "with finesse."
Tom Brown, Leader Lines (http://www.mgeneral.com/1-lines/00-lines/110001mc.htm#one)
"Good advice for CEOs in how to ensure a company deploys Information Technology effectively."
Paul Bassett, author of Framing Software Resuse: Lessons From the Real World and SVP Netron Inc.
"Very readable... It identifies the changes and potential changes in the way business operates; that everything will change as a result of global computing and communications - an exciting picture.
Alan Brans, VP Information Systems, Borden Food Corporation
"[A] one-minute manager approach to projects."
Robert Cavanagh, Director Systems Support Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health
"Why there is more to using computers than computers"
Peter de Jager, President, de Jager & Co.
"A solid guide to delivering successful projects, with useful insights on key elements than influence outcomes."
Michael Duffy, Manager Information Systems, GE Canada
"[I] liked the emphasis upon business focus and commitment of senior management as keystones for success; full cost ownership [of IT projects] as key to no surprises business acceptance of a project, keeping timetables and communication; the emphasis on the human infrastructure as key to success."
Ivor Faithfull, Director, Information Systems and Automation, Philips Electronics Ltd.
"Before you start working with your Information Technology group, read this book."
Tom Gove, Corporate Affairs, (Ret.), Procter & Gamble Canada
"Lots of good thoughts on the ingredients for successful projects; also examples of project pitfalls... I liked the emphasis on people vs. technology."
Liz Grigg, Director of Information Services, Cadbury Chocolate Canada
"Lots of interesting ideas"
Jim Hayward, VP Consulting Services, The CGI Group
"An easy to read, comprehensive analysis of assessing and delivering information technology projects... down to earth style [for] a fairly dry subject."
Donna Ingram, Acting Director, Information Systems Branch, Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Affairs
"[The] Tiger Pearls stood out."
Paul Kennedy, IDC Canada
"This will be readable by non-IT people -- no techno-babble."
Gene Kotack, General Manager IS and CIO, Brewers Retail Inc.
"A good example of how Information Technology should be done!"
W.O. Loewrigkeit, VP Systems, National Life
"A launching list of points for project managers and teams to consider."
Don MacDonald, VP Technology and CIO, The T. Eaton Company
"Easy to read, well structured for quick reading"
Joan McCalla, Director. Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
"Written well, direct, good examples."
Colin Maloney, Executive Director, Catholic Children's Aid Society
"The essentials for developing and maintaining a corporate Information Technology infrastructure."
Al Martin, SVP, Systems Research and Development (Ret.), TD Bank
"[A] management view of the things needed to be considered to effectively manage IT projects ... hits all the right points."
Bob Minge, Manager of PC Options and PC Integration, IBM Canada
"A recipe for planning, executing and improvement with emphasis on being in sync with customers and business strategy ... I particularly liked the simple language and benchmark examples."
Paul Nelson, VP Information Technology and CIO, Rogers Cantel Inc.
"Good checklist of things to do to implement a project."
Tom Phelps, VP Investments, Strategies and Planning, Noranda Inc.
"Good examples of technology innovations."
Sheilah Reid, CIO, Xerox Canada
"Interesting and thought provoking."
Bruce Rosebrugh, VP Sales, Diamed Lab Supplies
"I applaud you putting your wisdom in book form and like the tiger analogy a great deal ... A set of wisdoms that can bring 'wisdom' into our organization easily."
Peter Shepard, Customer Services Manager, Imperial Oil
"The lessons they outline will be of tremendous value to a great many business managers. Readers will come away with a better understanding of technology, greater knowledge of how to apply it more effectively and an awareness of how to avoid common mistakes. ... Davidson, Gellman and Chung present their broad ranges of comprehensive insights in the deceptively simple manner charactistic of high quality communication."
Don Stewart, President and COO, Sun Life of Canada, (from the Foreword to Riding The Tiger)
"A perfectly understandable set of guidelines for executives on how to manage computers. Riding the Tiger gives practical explanations as to why sound management must always come ahead of technology. The authors explain why the responsibility for information systems shoudl not ever be abdicated to technical experts."
Paul Strassman, former Chief Information Executive, Kraft, Xerox and US Department of Defense.
"It reads well. It's accessible. It uses clear, concise prose. It is not prolix, a common problem with management books... I also like the message -- plan, think ahead, keep an eye on the bigger picture... The Tiger is unruly and can be ridden."
George Takach, partner, McCarthy Tetrault
"Very easy and entertaining to read."
Heather Taylor, Senior Consultant, People Effectiveness, AT&T Canada Long Distance Services
"I loved the TigerPearls ... a wonderful absence of technical jargon ... I think the text will be of particular appeal to 'generalists' "
Caroline Thonton, President, NADUM Inc.
"It is pitched at the right level for the [business manager] audience."
Al Venlsovaitis, VP Information Technology, The Globe and Mail
"Describes the nature of discomfort with the double-edged sword of information technology well."
Ken Wilson, President, Business Services Group, Sprint Canada Inc.
" Recent studies continue to indicate that there is no correlation between the amount of IS/IT spending and the business benefits derived from that expenditure. An effective ROI can only come from a combination of understanding, commitment and vision on the part of senior executives. One of the best ways of accomplishing that is by reading this excellent new book, Riding the Tiger."
Ed Yourdon, author of The Rise and Fall of the American Programmer.
"An eye opener to risks of CEOs not getting involved in information management."
Don Woodley, President, Compaq Canada Inc.
"Riding The Tiger, expounds the need for detailed planning, not just wishful thinking."
Ken Zurbrigg, Financial Services Marketing Consultant