This book has garnered two positive reviews at Amazon, but I have no idea why. It purports to be a book about IT automation, but in fact it is nothing more than a generic project management book. It might as well be about retrofitting a ship, remodeling a house, or restoring a classic car. The author occasionally throws in phrases like ‘UNIX filesystem’ or ‘Oracle database’, but actual unix filesystems and Oracle databases are irrelevant to the content of this book.

It was, in short, an utter waste of time - unless you’ve never gone through the (painfully bureaucratic) process of requirements gathering, ‘gap analysis’, system design, etc. Or maybe it would be useful to some consultant wanting a way to pad his billable hours - a worthy goal for some, I suppose.

Besides all that, Prentice-Hall should be ashamed of themselves for the production quality of this book. It looks like it was generated from b & w photocopies of color pages.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: It Automation: The Quest for Lights Out
  • Author: Howie Lyke
  • Published: 1999
  • ISBN: 0130137863
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 1.0 stars