CBU Prof’s New Book Focuses on IT and Project Management

(Memphis)— A new book by Christian Brothers University professor Dr. Dan Brandon, focuses on information technology and how it relates and applies to successful project management in business and industry.

“Project Management for Modern Information Systems” describes and illustrates practices, methods, and tools for successful IT project management and is directed to IT project managers, aspiring project managers, and experienced IT personnel who wish to learn of new IT project management methods and tools.

“We are all familiar with the “project managers” on hit TV shows such as The Apprentice,” says Brandon. “ In the 21st century, project management has emerged as one of the most important and successful of management disciplines. The techniques of project management are more appropriate to today’s complex, fast paced and global corporate landscape than many classical management approaches.”

A “project” is defined as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service; a project is often an agent of change within an organization. Projects have been the normal mode of operation in certain industries such as construction, engineering, architecture, and advertising for decades. But as modern organizations need to be constantly changing to remain competitive in today’s global economy, more and more business work is being set up as projects.

One of today’s largest application areas for project management is in Information Technology (IT). In IT most projects still do not succeed. The Standish Group has been performing a study called CHAOS for about a decade and in their recent report the IT project success rate for 2004 was only 28%. Brandon ‘s book specifically addresses this problem.

Brandon is a professor at CBU’s School of Business and chair of the Information Technology Management Department. He has more than 30 years of commercial experience in both the IT technical and management arenas; and before returning to the university environment he was Director of Information Services at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.

Brandon is an active member in the Memphis chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI – www.pmimemphis.org) which has rapidly grown to more than 400 local members; he also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI. His book can be ordered online at www.idea-group.com or www.amazon.com or via e-mail at: cust@idea-group.com. Idea Group Publishing is a leading international publisher of IT books, cases, and journals. They are headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania with offices in London (England), Melbourne (Australia), and Singapore. ##

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