‘Fasttrack I.T. Journey: How to move from Supplier to Partner’ is an essential read for buyers and suppliers in the IT sector. The book was written by Alok Ranjan Tripathy who has been a senior director in the IT industry for many years. He comments that the purpose of his book is: “To decode the conundrum around IT services and to improve the relationship between buyers and suppliers for long-term benefits and sustainability.”
Alok started his career in software development and then moved into pre-sales and sales. He has worked in a variety of sectors, including retail and telecoms, as well as the financial sector and insurance industry in a range of countries, including the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium and France. He is currently based in Edinburgh. His qualifications include a degree in electrical and electronics engineering from National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India. Alok had published a paper on “Emerging trends in Payment Security”, back in 2009, for HSBC Asia Pacific yearbook.
Alok’s book is aimed at both young aspirants and professionals within the IT sector, including CIOs, software service providers and developers, and IT suppliers and providers across all sectors of industry. It takes a long look at buyers and suppliers within the IT business and how they work together to achieve their specific goals. The book also questions the status quo and prescribes seven “C” principles which are based on Alok’s simple observations. It’s an enjoyable read.
Readers from the IT sector will certainly identify with many of Alok’s observations about the industry, but his optimism and excitement about the future of IT is an irrepressible force which guides the book along. From a brief history of the development of IT, Alok moves on to discuss the conundrum of IT services and the way they are misunderstood or trivialised and regarded purely as staff augmentation.
The use of simple structures and straightforward language throughout ‘Fasttrack I.T. Journey’ helps ensure it’s an easy read for anybody. And Alok takes a unique approach towards IT supply and purchasing, which can help any professional understand the ways in which these mutual relationships work. His extensive experience within sales and IT is profoundly obvious throughout this book and buyers or suppliers will discover lots of helpful tips to assist their understanding and improve working practices.