As many of you may recall, I've been working on a book, Understanding IT: A Guide for Business Leaders, and I had recently decided to publish my graduate thesis under the title Current Trends in Business Intelligence. What you probably haven't known is the progress that I've made on these projects.
Understanding IT is a book that aims to give a high-level overview of the Information Technology science, career, and best practices from bus architecture to databases while being specifically targeted towards small business leaders or newly appointed manager over IT assets and personnel.
Current Trends is my graduate thesis outlining how companies have traditionally acquired data, turned it into knowledge, and used that knowledge to make money; why business intelligence has traditionally been a privilege of the silicon valley giants; and why the rise of open source products and MOOCs are making business intelligence more applicable to smaller firms.
I'm about five of ten chapters completed with my rough draft of Understanding IT, and about 1/3 completed with the 30pg thesis that Current Trends represents, so I'm feeling relatively confident that I can have a rough manuscript completed by late April or early May. After that, I'll hand the manuscripts off to an editor (in this case Gabriel Fitzpatrick), come up with something for the cover art, and do a whole bunch of administrative junk associated with self publishing.
My goal is to be completed sometime around Christmas with a publication date of January 2015!