Agile Networking: Competing Through the Internet and Intranets

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This book is a mainstream business strategy designed to help corporations react effectively to the many destabilizing forces currently shaping global business, from technologies that evolve and obsolete themselves overnight to customers with worldwide access to products and services who will forsake favored suppliers for whoever has the product right now.

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"Agile Networking: Competing Through the Internet and Intranets" is the prescription for competitiveness and organisational survival in the networked age.

Agility formally emerged in the USA in 1990 as a federally-funded, industry-led programme to make business competitive. It is an enterprise-wide strategy in which the customer is the first priority, change is an opportunity to do things better, and delivering value is paramount. Its success has attracted more than 150 Fortune-500 companies.

In Agile Networking the authors, themselves networking and agility practitioners, present a roadmap for creating agile business processes based on the Internet and intranets: the 21st century IT strategy.

Using real-world examples, the book:

* Explains and demystifies the art and science of agility.

* Shows how agility is the recipe for competitive success.

* Demonstrates how networking underpins the truly agile organisation.

* Explains how to develop agile networking in readers’ own organisations.

In a rational, no-nonsense way, Agile Networking addresses the hottest topics facing executives in today's globalised, turbulent, network-enabled world, including:

* customer relationships

* proficiency at change

* corporate communication

* intranet publishing

* knowledge management

* teams and virtual teams

* training and law functions

* intellectual property

* management

* strategic alliances

* electronic commerce

* virtual universities

Agile Networking is relevant to nearly every business sector: IT, telecoms, manufacturing, consumer products, finance, law, health, government, and education. It should be required reading for:

* Senior executives, strategists, change managers, line managers, and private individuals: Farsighted corporations are already bulk-buying this book for their managers.

* Networking and IS professionals: Network managers and network vendors will find the answer to the question "What's the business value of networks and ho! w can we do better?".

* Knowledge managers, training managers, lawyers, and educators: Virtually no profession can afford to ignore the Agile Networking message.

The book is logical, reasoned, and visionary, drawing examples from the USA and Europe. The Foreword is written by the Networks Vice-President of Compaq. Pre-publication endorsements were contributed by individuals in IBM, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard, Commercial Union and California State University.P>We hope you will find the book insightful, valuable, and enjoyable.

John Gundry, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK

George Metes, Manchester, NH, USA

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"For those of us who may not have inherited Agility in our personal or organizational DNA, this book tells us not only what we are missing, but how to get it." --Chris Brennan, Program Manager, Technology Supported Team Solutions, IBM

"The authors have brought together the two main themes of agility and networking in a coherent and persuasive way....This is a practical guide for anyone interested in applying some of the latest management thinking." --Phil Fearnley, Team Leader, Knowledge-Based Business, Ernst & Young

Reap the business rewards of agile networks!

Agility is the next step in business reengineering: a comprehensive roadmap for sustaining competitiveness in the face of change. Its remarkable success rate has already attracted nearly 150 Fortune 500 companies. Now, there's a "roll up your sleeves" book about this powerful new business methodology using Internet and intranets. Agile Networking builds on the authors' Agility Engineering Practice Model -- and their extensive experience of corporate networking -- to describe concrete design practices for building agile networks.

  • Agility: Key principles, strategies, capabilities and processes
  • Transforming the department -- and the enterprise
  • Networking the agile organization
  • Agility Networking Change Domains: Analyzing your "switchability" in response to change
  • Intranets, groupware, and knowledge management
  • Make agile management -- on the network -- a core competency
  • Create customer-focused, change-ready, virtual, agile teams

Learn how Agility Networking principles can transform your company's approach to almost every process, including communication, learning, management, teamwork, and IPR. Walk step-by-step through evolving your current network infrastructure into an agile network that ties together everyone in your value chain. Discover how agile networks can help you build more successful alliances with your partners -- and more enriching, longer-term relationships with your customers. Finally, learn how to manage the quantum leap in complexity associated with agile enterprises.

This book's agile networking techniques apply to nearly every business sector, including finance, law, health, government, education, telecom, retail, travel, entertainment, sports, IT, and manufacturing.

If you want to succeed in the 21st century, you need to understand agile networking and this book is the place to start.

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