Beach reads for techies

Seven IT leaders talk about what they plan to read this summer -- and on which device. (Paper? What's that?)

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Ashok Rout

Ashok Rout

IT manager

Social Interest Solutions Inc., Sacramento, Calif.

Vacation plans: My son wants to go to San Diego and Los Angeles during his summer vacation, so we'll do that.

Reading wish list: Apart from my regular technology magazines and books, I am planning to read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I read portions of Pausch's lecture at Carnegie Mellon on the Web and was really inspired by some of his views on how life is a race against time and how one should manage it to make the best out of it.

Being part of company that implements solutions to give people who are less fortunate in life access to the benefits that they deserve, my job almost always is a race against time. So I strongly believe I can find a lot of relevance in this book and can learn a lot from it.

Text-delivery medium of choice: Although I use my iPhone to read various stuff, I was not able to get an electronic version of this book, so I'll read the paperback.

Book you'd most recommend to IT colleagues: Connect the Dots by Rashmi Bansal. This is a book that presents success stories of 20 entrepreneurs who had no formal MBA degrees and didn't hail from successful business families but defied all odds to become some of the most successful entrepreneurs. There is a lot to learn for IT people from this book, because technology would not have been where it stands today if innovators like the people profiled didn't dare to try to bridge the gap between vision and reality. This is what every person in IT needs to do.

Pratt is a Computerworld contributing writer. Contact her at marykpratt@verizon.net.

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