Escaping Delete: A CEO in the Black Hole

Escaping Delete: A CEO in the Black Hole

by Jon Bellman


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$4,000,000 to build a $400,000 house! A house that is merely 30% over budget or 6 months late is called a disaster. For an IT project, it's called a miracle! Welcome to a world where failure is the norm and billions of dollars are sucked in the Black Hole.

Information Technology addiction is profound. Our leaders chase after risky and often undoable projects to organize medical records, automate supply chains and tie together banking networks. Yet, our hyper-connected world is increasingly vulnerable to error or terror that could shut down the systems that power our existence. Our smartphone lifestyles could be racing toward a dark age as we drown in data, devices, and dubious applications.

In his updated book, Jon Bellman provides a pathway out of this cycle of failure while exposing the secrets of the mega-IT project industry, where IT vendors, consulting firms and analysts thrive on selling complexity and sowing confusion.

Escaping Delete is the story of a CEO caught in the Black Hole of a broken IT project. The CEO has a chance meeting with a cocky maverick. The CEO learns that his problems are a microcosm of society's technological bacchanalia and a macrocosm of our foolish personal technology behaviors.

Bellman, a former Big 6 Consultant and Wharton and Kellogg graduate, has spent twenty years fixing broken IT projects across the globe. As Bellman sees it, "Our leaders must stop fantasizing about capabilities they'll never attain and start seeing IT projects with the same logical, linear, end-in-mind attitudes that they have when running their businesses or building that $400,000 house.

Bellman teaches leaders in all industries to simplify IT, overcome unwieldy projects, and steer clear of the Black Hole.

No one should start an IT project without reading Jon Bellman's book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615331942
Publisher: Reality Check LLC
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jon Bellman rescues ERP projects for global companies.

Before founding Reality Check LLC, Jon worked for the investment banks Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Kidder, Peabody & Co. Prior to his Wall Street career, Jon worked for the management consulting arms of three major accounting firms: Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Young, and Price Waterhouse.

He graduated from the MMM Program at Northwestern University, earning an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MEM from the McCormick School of Engineering.

Jon also graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a BS from the Wharton School and a BAS from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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