CIOs Reveal Their Picks for Beach Reads

As information technology managers venture out on vacation, they're trading server logs for reading material of a different ilk. Computerworld polled several IT execs about their summer reading plans.

Beach Clark, vice president of IT, Georgia Aquarium: "I think I've narrowed it down to The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. The other candidates were Liar's Poker, by Michael Lewis, and Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. I picked the Randy Pausch because he was a computer science guy. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, so the book's about living your life to the fullest."

Larry Bonfante, CIO, United States Tennis Association: "I'll take Outsmart! How to Do What Your Competitors Can't, by Jim Champy, because I'm a big fan of Champy's work; Deception Point, by Dan Brown, who always writes page-turners; and Bad Moon Rising, by Hank Bordowitz -- I am a classic-rock aficionado and play in a rock band, so I'm interested in the real story of what happened with Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty."

Anthony Murabito, CIO, Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.: "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr. While I think his tone is somewhat north of bombastic, many of his previous views have come into crystal reality. I, too, believe the IT organization of 2020 will be a small, loosely coupled team that works in a matrix with business technologists."

This story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an in-depth look at IT leaders summer reading plans that first appeared on Computerworld.com.

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