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Finance for IT Decision Makers

A practical handbook

By (author) Michael Blackstaff

Publication date: 01 Sep 2012

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. Assuming no prior knowledge, this new edition covers all relevant aspects of finance and is updated with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) terminology. It is ideal for all IT decision makers who wish to conquer their fear of finance or refresh existing knowledge.
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.

Dimensions: 244x170mm

Print ISBN-13: 9781780171227

Ebook ISBN-13: 9781780171241

278 pages

Imprint: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

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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It is written in plain language and contains many practical examples.


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
Knowledge Based Solutions

This book bridges the gap between the IT professional and the accountant, demystifying finance for those involved in making decisions about IT. [...] an easy-to-read guide to finance for any IT professional involved or interested in financially justifying IT.

Mehmet Hurer MBCS CITP