BOOK REVIEW
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSINESS EXECUTIVES 2007

DR. KHAWAJA ASJAD SAEED (khawaja_s@hotmail.com)
July 27 - Aug 02, 2009

Information Technology has changed the landscape of management. Its application is all pervasive and fully comprehensive. While the younger generation is being bejeweled with Information Technology (IT) the old generation is in transitory phase of learning the uses and application of IT in real life situation. There is a greater need to ornament the serving business executives with application aspects of IT for business executives.

Prof. Dr. Khawaja Amjad Saeed is a versatile scholar. Being a Chartered Accountant and Cost & Management Accountant, besides holding two masters (M.Com from Pakistan and MBA from American University of Beirut holding a Charter from New York), he has written 31 books, travelled abroad extensively and contributed several articles published at home and abroad. His academic, publication, consulting and research work extends to 100 plus countries of the World. He is a rare Professor who has rendered his services in all the five Continents of the World.

Now, his son, Dr. Khawaja Asjad Saeed, holder of two master's MBA degrees (at home and abroad) and a Ph. D from South Carolina University, USA has jointly authored this book with him. His area of specialization is MIS Management Information System. He has earned the Best Researcher Award twice from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. Besides, co-authored with him, he has earned the Best Article Award in 2005 twice in Mid-West USA for article on Operation Management published in Decision Science magazine of USA.

The book has been divided into two parts namely, Concepts and Application. Interesting aspects have been included in it and the book spans over 16 Chapters. These include:

PART 1: CONCEPTS

1) The Rise of Computer and Information Technology.
2) Information Technology in Global Perspective.
3) Information System: Impact in Contemporary Organizations.
4) Managerial Functions and Information Technology.
5) Computer Networking.
6) E - Phenomenon.
7) Electronic Commerce.
8) Business Process Outsourcing.
9) Knowledge Management.
10) Management Information System.
11) Enterprise Resource Planning.
12) Database Management System.
13) IFAC International Educational Guidelines.
14) "Computer" as envisioned by The World Book Encyclopedia.

PART 2: APPLICATIONS

15) Microsoft World.
16) Microsoft Excel.

It would be apparent from above that the contributed work is of comprehensive nature. It is highly inspirational for Pakistani computer scientists to vigorously pursue outsourcing, near-sourcing, application of enterprise resource planning (ERP), use of Knowledge Management in the emerging Knowledge Based Economy (KBE) which is the crying need of the 21st Century, operationalizing the MIS Concept to reap rich dividends, understanding the dynamics of IT in business operations extending to all management functions namely, supply chain management, operations management, finance, personnel and marketing. There is a lucid analysis in respect of how the landscape of management has changed to achieve greater heights in achieving the objectives of enterprises in ensuring economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

The authors deserve full appreciation for their glorious efforts in producing this much needed and much awaited book. The effort to produce the work has been well appreciated in their expert comments by the Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan, Chief Secretary, Government of the Punjab, Rector of COMSATS, President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, Chief Executive of Karachi Stock Exchange and Mr. Mohammad Hanif Kalyia, declared personality of the 21st Century by Memon Professional Forum and the winner of President of Pakistan Gold Medal for his meritorious service on economic, business, social and technological fronts. Excerpts from their appreciation have been included in the book.

Besides respecting the intellectual rights, permissions obtained from International Federation of Pakistan (IFAC) and The World Book Encyclopedia and citations have been made in the book in Acknowledgements Section of the book with their permission and citations have been included in the book to reproduce the material. The book is recommended to be read by non - IT and IT business executives. Besides, general readers will find it interesting. The younger generation will considerably benefit from it as there is enough material stating the uses of Information Technology in real life situation.

Readers are encouraged to procure it and study the same. Indeed the effort of both the authors serves as a strong logistic to efficient management practices. We congratulate the authors and urge upon them to continue their dedicated efforts in producing literature so that "Information Technology" becomes WAY OF LIFE and the language of the 21st Century everywhere.

The book has been nicely printed with a unique style of use of tables and boxes. This new lucid style will enable the readers to comprehend the contents and will serve motivational and inspirational to reflect the concepts in application form.