Technology

Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on technology, the internet, search, social media, blogging, IT, e-commerce and more.

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    The New IT

    by Jill Dyché
    Item #: 3716
    Jill Dyché provides a new business model for building and strengthening the role of IT. By using field-tested techniques to align your IT department with your corporate objectives, you can leverage the power of technology across the entire company. The New IT reframes the IT conversation to bring your business and IT teams together in a truly transformative way.
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    Data-ism

    by Steve Lohr
    Item #: FBR0615
    New York Times reporter Steve Lohr explains how big-data technology has its benefits and its drawbacks, which raises questions about the wider implications for everyone. Lohr lends insight into what’s ahead, suggesting that individuals and organizations will need to exploit, protect and manage data to stay competitive.
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    Viral Loop

    by Adam L. Penenberg
    Item #: 3211
    Many of the most successful Web 2.0 companies, including MySpace, YouTube, eBay and Twitter are prime examples of what journalist Adam Penenberg calls a “viral loop” –– to use it, you have to spread it. All kinds of businesses –– from the smallest start-ups to nonprofit organizations to the biggest multinational corporations –– can use the paradigm-busting power of viral loops to enable their business through technology.
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    Trust Agents

    by Chris Brogan, Julien Smith
    Item #: 3208
    Trust agents aren’t necessarily marketers or salespeople; they’re digitally savvy people who use the Web to humanize businesses using transparency, honesty, and genuine relationships. As a result, they wield enough online influence to build up or bring down a business’s reputation. This book will show you how to build profitable relationships with trust agents, or become one yourself.
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    What Would Google Do?

    by Jeff Jarvis
    Item #: FBR0609
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse pioneers Google –– the fastest growing company in history –– to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.
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    Groundswell

    by Charlene Li, Josh Bernoff
    Item #: FBR0808
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    The groundswell is defined as a social trend in which people are using technologies to get what they need from each other instead of from companies. The authors explain the groundswell and then lay out basic tools to understand it. The final section of Groundswell shows how you can successfully make use of the groundswell within your company now and in the future. Solid research backs up this timely book.
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    Six Pixels of Separation

    by Mitch Joel
    Item #: 32AATFS
    In Six Pixels of Separation, digital marketing expert Mitch Joel integrates digital marketing, social media, personal branding and entrepreneurship in a clear, entertaining and instructive way that everyone can understand and apply. Through the use of timely case studies and fascinating stories, he offers a complete set of the latest tactics, insights and tools that will empower you to reach a global audience and consumer base — and, best yet, you can do this pretty much for free.
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    The Change Function

    by Pip Coburn
    Item #: 2828
    Known for writing some of the liveliest reports on Wall Street, Coburn has identified how some technologies are blockbusters (such as the iPod), while others are losers from the starting gate (like the video phone). The Change Function writes off the “build it and they will come” mentality that so many technology companies adhere to, and shows that technology demands a change in habits—more specifically it demands a change in consumers, who are often uninterested in trading in the norm
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    Naked Conversations

    by Shel Israel, Robert Scoble
    Item #: 2819
    Scoble and Israel argue that every business can benefit from smart "naked" blogging, whether the company is a small town plumbing operation or a multinational fashion house. By ignoring the “blogosphere” you ignore what others are saying about you, they write. The authors have assembled an enormous amount of information about blogging: from history and theory to comparisons among countries and industries. They also lay out the dos and don'ts of the medium and include extensive statistics, case s
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