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Finance for IT Decision Makers

A practical handbook
3rd edition

Michael Blackstaff (author)

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ISBN: 9781780171227
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 170 x 244
Number of pages: 278
Publication date: 01 SEP 2012
Publisher: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Finance is as fundamental to the IT world as it is to most other aspects of life. However, many IT professionals lack knowledge of the particular financial principles on which decisions about IT should be based - decisions that often have serious financial implications for their organisations. Assuming no prior knowledge, this new edition covers all aspects of finance relevant to IT professionals and is updated with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) terminology. It is ideal for IT decision makers - managers, practitioners, buyers, sellers, consultants and project managers - who wish to conquer their fear of finance or refresh existing knowledge.

It is written in plain language and contains many practical examples. --Kybernetes, volume 35 issue 9, 2007 (review of previous edition)

Michael Blackstaff is a chartered accountant with over thirty years' finance and marketing experience in the IT industry. He has worked as a financial marketing specialist with IBM, teaching salespeople the finance of selling and advising customers on finance and accounting for IT. He writes and teaches on finance for non-financial professionals.
'It is written in plain language and contains many practical examples.'
Kybernetes, volume 35 issue 9, 2007 (review of previous edition)

'This is a practical, readable and enjoyable guide to the financial factors that IT decision makers should consider when making an investment and how these relate to business operations.'
Geoff Berridge, Director, Knowledge Based Solutions

1 Finance and accounts: the basics
2 Decisions, decisions...
3 Financial cases and business cases
4 When is a benefit not a benefit?
5 How financial cases are evaluated: Part 1
6 How financial cases are evaluated: Part 2
7 The effects of taxation
8 Depreciation of IT assets
9 IT Financing and leasing
10 Outsourcing: financial aspects 
11 Budgeting, costing and pricing: the basics
12 Financial analysis: the basics

A1 Discount tables
A2 Financial characteristics of different businesses
A3 Published accounts
A4 Accounting for long-term contracts
A5 Debit and credit


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I have written or contributed to a number of business cases in my working career only to see them translated into financial terms that are difficult for the layman to comprehend. This book bridges the gap between the IT professional and the accountant, demystifying finance for those involved in making decisions about IT.[...]

The chapters are clearly and consistently presented, with an objective at the beginning, checkpoints during, and finally a summary at the end of each chapter. This makes it very easy to follow the text and check your understanding as you progress through each chapter.

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