Financial Intelligence for IT Professionals What You Really Need to Know about the Numbers

ISBN-10: 1422119149

ISBN-13: 9781422119143

Edition: 2008

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Many Organizations Still Judge it by what it costs, rather than by what it contributes to the business. As an IT professional, changing that perception will require you to "talk numbers" with confidence and apply financial know-how to the work you do.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836

Jason Stearnshas been working on the conflict in the Congo for the past ten years. In 2008 he was named by the UN Secretary General to lead a special UN investigation into the violence in the country. He has also worked for a Congolese human rights group, for the United Nations peacekeeping operation, and for the International Crisis Group. He is currently completing a PhD at Yale University.

Preface: What Is Financial Intelligence?
The Art of Finance (and Why It Matters to It)
You Can't Always Trust the Numbers
Spotting Assumptions, Estimates, and Biases
Why Increase Your Financial Intelligence?
Part One Toolbox
Getting what you want
The players and what they do
The (Many) Peculiarities of the Income Statement
Profit Is an Estimate
Cracking the Code of the Income Statement
Revenue: The Issue Is Recognition
Costs and Expenses: No Hard-and-Fast Rules
The Many Forms of Profit
Part Two Toolbox
Variance; Percent calculations; Line of sight
The Balance Sheet Reveals the Most
Understanding Balance Sheet Basics
Assets: More Estimates and Assumptions (Except for Cash)
On the Other Side: Liabilities and Equity
Why the Balance Sheet Balances
The Income Statement Affects the Balance Sheet
Part Three Toolbox
Employees as assets
Expenses versus capital expenditures
Cash is King
Cash Is a Reality Check
Profit [not equal] Cash (and You Need Both)
The Language of Cash Flow
How Cash Connects with Everything Else
Why Cash Matters
Part Four Toolbox
Free cash flow
Ratios: Learning What the Numbers are Really Telling You
The Power of Ratios
Profitability Ratios: The Higher the Better (Mostly)
Leverage Ratios: The Balancing Act
Liquidity Ratios: Can We Pay Our Bills?
Efficiency Ratios: Making the Most of Your Assets
Part Five Toolbox
Ratios for the business; Ratios for IT
Leading versus lagging indicators
Percent-of-sales analysis; Ratio relationships
How to Calculate (and Really Understand) Return on Investment
The Building Blocks of ROI
Figuring ROI: The Nitty-Gritty
Part Six Toolbox
ROI of an IT Project
Applied Financial Intelligence: Working Capital Management
The Magic of Managing the Balance Sheet
Your Balance Sheet Levers
Homing In on Cash Conversion
Part Seven Toolbox
Understanding accounts-receivable aging
Creating a Financially Intelligent It Department (and Organization)
Financial Literacy, Transparency, and Corporate Performance
Financial Literacy Strategies
Part Eight Toolbox
Understanding Sarbanes-Oxley
Sample Financials
Exercises to Build Your Financial Intelligence-Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Statement, Ratios
Kimberly-Clark and FedEx Financial Statements
About the Authors
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