Harris Kern

A world-renowned American author, publisher, lecturer, and IT consultant, who is the industry’s foremost expert on simplifying IT – and making it work. In a ‘technology-solves-all-problems-world’, Mr. Kern challenges industry leaders to build a competitive IT organization by re-focusing resources, rather than re-building infrastructures. His focus is on the people, organization structure and process issues, which allow organizations to maximize the ability of IT to create business value and enables the integration of IT into the business as a strategic partner.

Mr. Kern’s extensive industry background serves as the foundation for his best-selling series of books published by Prentice Hall. As executive editor of the Harris Kern Enterprise Computing Institute, he has brought together the industry’s leading minds to publish “how-to” textbooks on the critical issues the IT industry faces. The series includes titles such as: IT Production Services, IT Services, IT Organization, IT Systems Management, High Availability, CIO Wisdom, Managing IT as an Investment, among others. Mr. Kern’s career has brought him in contact with the best and brightest of the IT industry.

Mr. Kern is also an American motivational speaker, peak performance expert, and self-discipline mentor. He is the author of DISCIPLINE: Six Steps To Unleashing Your Hidden Potential and DISCIPLINE: Training The Mind To Manage Your Life Mr. Kern has designed the first Discipline Mentoring Program to help IT professionals excel in their career and their personal life.

Published Works

IT Automation
The Quest for “Lights Out”: Data center automation in distributed environments.
CIO Wisdom
Best Practices from Silicon Valley’s Leading IT Experts
IT Services
Costs, Metrics, Benchmarking, and Marketing: Delighting IT customers: your real-world, start-to-finish guide
CIO Wisdom II
More Best Practices from Leading IT Experts
IT Architecture Toolkit
Less theoretical, more practical approach to developing and implementing enterprise architecture.
IT People
Doing More with Less. Best practices for managing the people within the IT organization.
Data Warehousing
Architecture and Implementation: A start-to-finish process for deploying successful data warehouses
Building Professional Services
The Sirens’ Song: A comprehensive guide to creating a professional services organization
IT Problem Management
The complete “best practices” guide to IT problem resolution.
IT Organization
Building a World-Class Infrastructure.
IT Web Services
A Roadmap for the Enterprise: Architectures, platforms, roles, business models, and deployment realities.
Software Development
Building Reliable Systems.
IT Production Services
Building Competitive Advantage: Describes one of the most important functions of an IT infrastructure
Managing IT as an Investment
Partnering for Success: Maximizing the value of technology—and the success of your IT organization.
High Availability
Design, Techniques and Processes: The complete how-to guide for maximizing availability of enterprise systems
IT Systems Management
Design, Implement, and Manage World-Class Infrastructures.
Technology Strategies
Managing technology, value, and change in the new economy.
Web-Based Infrastructures
A 4-D Framework: Maximize the value of your next Web-centered initiative.

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