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This book aims to do two things. The first is to set out for managers, executives and IT professionals the practical steps necessary to meet today's corporate and IT governance requirements. The second is to provide practical guidance on how board executives and IT professionals can navigate and deploy to best corporate and commercial advantage the numerous IT management and IT governance frameworks and standards - particularly ISO/IEC 38500 - that have been published over the course of the last ten years.
This pocket guide provides you with an insider's detailed description of Accenture's IT governance policy and details its governance structure. It will show how effective IT governance links IT strategy and IT decisions to Accenture's business strategy and business priorities. Following the best practices approach set out in this pocket guide will serve as an excellent starting point for any organization with ambitions to achieve high performance. Benefits to business include: *Boost productivity* How hard do you work in other areas of your business to cut costs and improve efficiency? In testing economic times, is the absence of a clear strategy for your business s IT governance still a realistic option? Learning from Accenture s proven approach will enable you to increase your organization's competitiveness over the longer term. * Coordinate your operations * To ensure effective decision-making and align your IT function with your broader business goals, you need to make the structure of your IT governance fit your overall corporate governance structure. That way, you can make your IT work for your business. * Manage change effectively * IT is crucial for realizing the changes you want your business to make. For this reason, you cannot afford to have these changes treated merely as IT projects that have been foisted on the company by the IT department. By bringing top management on board, and giving business leaders a formal role in the IT governance of your organization, you will make the success of any project with an IT component much more likely. * Keep a grip on budgets * The costs of IT projects are notoriously prone to overrun, while some IT development programs have promised more than they ever delivered. The Accenture way of doing business is different. Following the Accenture approach means ensuring that your IT investment is backed by a solid business case, and measuring the return on investment following project completion.
Trust is not high on straight-talking rancher Dan Jarrett's list. He doesn't believe there are many people worthy of it. Case-in-point: his new stepfather. His widowed mother says it was love at first sight, but Dan is convinced the man is a con artist spending his mother's nest egg. And the only reason Dan's going on the family holiday cruise is to gain time to prove his suspicions. After losing both of her parents to cancer, E.R. nurse Sunny Elders cherishes any time she can spend with the loved ones she has left-her sister's family. Relaxing together on a cruise filled with love and laughter sounds like the perfect prescription for healing. And Sunny's unsinkable spirit and her maddening penchant for zany disasters provide an ample dose of both.Collision Course. Troubles Waters Ahead! Rancher Dan Jarrett, a true stickler for tradition, doesn't believe in the love-at-first sight bug that bit his widowed mom. In fact, he's sure the man she met and married on a seniors' cruise is a fraud, out to break her bankbook and her heart. Dan's mission? Endure a family holiday cruise till he gets enough proof to expose his stepfather for the scoundrel he is. But will his plans go aground when he bumps headlong into a "walking accident-waiting-to-happen" with an infectious smile? Nurse Fix-It to the Rescue! Sunny Elders is determined. True, being paired with Dan Jarrett-time after time after time-might result in disaster, but it's no coincidnece. The recent loss of her parents and her nurse's training make it impossible to ignore the obvious: This bull-headed cowpoke and his folks need help. Enter Sunny, a woman with a mission. But can she set Dan's Stetson on straight without tripping over her heart? One thing is certain: Before this hilarious high-sea adventure is over, these two stubborn hearts will hit the unfamiliar waters of trust - trust in each other and in the One who orders our steps, who knows better than we ever could exactly what - and who - we need to be whole.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Maggie Fitzgerald has worked hard raising her twin nieces and running a BandB in a small Maine town. When the girls go off to college, she is finally free. Then Jake West returns to town. Jake and Maggie were teenage sweethearts, who planned on marrying. But when Maggie took on the responsibility of her nieces, Jake felt overwhelmed by the idea of a ready-made family and left town to join the Navy. Now, he wants to marry Maggie and start a family, but can Maggie trust the man who once broke her heart?
Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief, and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern.... After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke's own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?to the Blue Flame, the Arizona guest ranch he inherited from his father. The remote oasis under a clear azure sky might seem like a bit of heaven, but Jake finds himself longing to return to the city, where he can be lost in a crowd instead of alone with his thoughts-or his spread's temptress manager. Callie Hayes has put into the Blue Flame her heart and soul-both of which are shaken when her wildly sexy employer returns, rekindling memories of the stormy past they shared. But Jake's a different man, and soon he's setting off sparks that could lead to a love hot enough to change both their lives.
A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?
This is a collection of short chapters, each recounting an unusual episode in New Jersey history. The pieces are arranged chronologically, beginning with the colonial era and ending with recent events such as the opening of casinos in Atlantic City. Incidents range from the weird (the origin of the Jersey Devil legend and the sightings of the demon over three centuries) to the well-known (the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby). There are the shark attacks of 1916, and the "Black Tom Explosion" that may have been a German terrorist attack in the days before World War I.
A fascinating collection of thirty compelling stories about events that shaped the Mount Rushmore State, It Happened in South Dakota describes everything from Lewis and Clark raising an American flag on the Missouri to the continuing creation of a monument to Crazy Horse.
This is a highly readable collection of short essays about incidents in the history of the nation's capital. Among the topics covered are the grand plan of Pierre-Charles L'Enfant, Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theater, and Marian Anderson's 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial. The book includes a D.C. chronology and a detailed bibliography. Part of the It Happened In series.
From a castle in the rugged Scottish Highlands to the glittering salons of Edinburgh high society, the playground for the rich, titled and undead will never be the same when ultra-correct gentleman vampire Lord Kettering and feisty witch Blaire Lindsay make sparks fly.
Two Strangers, One Enchanted ChristmasQuinton Roxbury, son of an earl and as charismatic as a prince, thinks St. Nick has provided him the perfect bride in rich, ruthless Lady Emmeline Tarleton. Lisette Hamilton could not have wished for a more reasonable beau than stable, staid Henry Brooks. But on one wintry London day, the magic of the season intervenes, bringing Lisette and Quinton together just long enough to realize that there is more to love than to connections or contentment. And the passionate moment they share will force them both to choose between the perfect lives they always wanted and a desire they've only just discovered. . . Praise for the Novels of Kaitlin O'Riley"O'Riley's believable, charismatic characters and fast-paced plotline set this novel well apart from the usual romance fare. " --Publishers Weekly(starred review) on When His Kiss Is Wicked"A talented author. . . O'Riley's plot twists add freshness to the genre. " --Romantic Times on Secrets of a Duchess
It Happened One Night . . . and nothing was ever the same again! Once upon a time, four superstar storytellers-New York Times bestselling authors Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern-came up with a delicious idea. What if they each wrote a story about a proper young lady stranded at a remote inn away from society's constraints? What would happen? And how long would it take for her to give in to desire? In these four amazing tales, four heroines will come face-to-face with the men who got away . . . only to discover that, instead of anger, there is still a passionate connection that cannot be denied. And while each of their lives is quite different, and their pasts utterly unique, they will all make a common discovery-that one night can change everything . . . forever.
Get ready for a baby surprise in USA TODAY bestselling author Kathie DeNosky's Texas Cattleman's Club novel. Josh Gordon has no intention of funding the Texas Cattleman's Club day-care center, even if sexy Kiley Roberts is the one asking. Neither has forgotten the explosive night they spent together three years ago. The temptation to mix business and pleasure is undeniable, but it's Kiley's devotion to her daughter that has Josh dreaming of a family of his own. But when Josh questions who the little girl's father really is, will the truth drive them apart or bring them even closer together?
We asked our readers what story they would most like to see from four bestselling authors. They responded . . . A handsome hero returns from war, battle-scarred and world-weary. But family duty calls and he must find a bride. A young lady facing yet another season without a suitor never expects to find herself the object of his affections. It Happened One Season Four amazing talents Stephanie Laurens Mary Balogh Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern have come together to create one of the most unforgettable events of the year. The results are spectacular-each story is as unique as a lover's first kiss.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Avon Books and an enchanting free e-book sampler, It Happened One Valentine's Day. With excerpts from fourteen new, upcoming, and fan favorite Avon and Avon Impulse novels and novellas, including an introduction from Eloisa James. It Happened One Valentine's Day: An Avon Romance Valentine's Day Sampler includes excerpts from: The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost Bride by Moonlight by Liz Carlyle "V is for Vampwoman" (from Vampires Gone Wild) by Kerrelyn Sparks "A Forever Love" (from Vampires Gone Wild) by Pamela Palmer True Love at Silver Creek Ranch by Emma Cane "Love Me Tender" (from Kiss Me: An Avon Books Valentine Day Anthology) by Cheryl Harper Saved by the Rancher by Jennifer Ryan The Earl in My Bed by Sophie Jordan What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins The Maclean Groom by Kathleen Harrington
Everything Was Planned Down To The Last Detail ... When Cammie Yarnell agrees to do a wedding at the Oceanside Bed and Breakfast, she knows the tough part will be keeping a smile on her face. Not too long ago she'd planned a walk down the aisle at the sumptuous B and B herself-and called it off. Worse, she's working this event with Curt Blanco, the photographer who knew all about her fiance's cheating and kept it secret, betraying her trust as a friend. Except Romance Yet her anger starts to fade once the showers and dinner parties bring her closer to the man. Now Curt's misguided belief that he's bad for her is standing in the way of Cammie's trip to the altar-with him. Stories about love, relationships and the road to the altar! Harlequin® American Romance APR 07 #1169
AMANDA'S ROMANCE RESUMÉ First Love: Ten years ago, Amanda fell madly in love with Dance, the most handsome man she'd ever seen. They kissed till dawn, whispered sweet nothings about forever. Then suddenly it was over.... Present Love: In the middle of the worst week of her life, guess who she comes face-to-face with? Dane-looking more gorgeous than ever.... Forever Love: Now Amanda has only seven days- and nights-for a second chance to say, "I do!"
I was not sorry at all. I was a happy boy. Those white men had come to kill our mothers and fathers and us, and it was our country (Black Elk, Oglala Sioux). Known to generations of white Americans as "Custer's Last Stand" or the Battle of Little Bighorn, it was, to the Plains Indians, the Battle of the Greasy Grass--a great, if short-lived victory against the whites who would soon overrun their country and destroy their way of life. Now, for the first time in a book for children, the story of the Greasy Grass battle is told from the Indian point of view, in a series of dramatic eyewitness vignettes. Assembled from the recollections of twelve Indian participants in the battle, the book is divided into thirty brief chapters that, together, create a compelling narrative of the battle and the events that preceded it: Sitting Bull's vision of white soldiers falling into his camp "like grasshoppers," Custer's impetuous advance and attack, and finally, his dramatic defeat. An introduction and epilogue provide the historical context and a chronology, bibliographic note, maps, and more than a dozen archival photographs make this an outstanding curriculum item. The voices assembled here create a dramatic memorial to a fabled event in the history of the American West.
Meet Tovah! Tovah (Hebrew for "good") is growing up in a Messianic Jewish home, learning the meaning of God's special days. Ideal for young children. Teaches the biblical holidays and celebrates faith in Yeshua (Jesus).
From the Book Jacket: Did you know... In Los Angeles, California, you cannot dance with a member of the opposite sex unless you are married? Yugoslavia once forbade Halley's comet from appearing in the heavens over that country? It is unlawful in England to wrestle with an untrained bull in public? Throughout history, we have felt the need to legislate our lives and surroundings. On matters from birth to marriage to death, someone, sometime, has passed a decree. Illustrated with Gwenn Seuling's expressive pen-and-ink drawings, this sequel to the best-selling You Can't Eat Peanuts in Church & Other Little-Known Laws is sure to entertain and amaze you. But don't laugh too hard-it may be illegal somewhere! BARBARA SEULING is the author-illustrator of many freaky facts books, including You Can't Sneeze with Your Eyes Open & Other Freaky Facts About the Human Body. The best-selling prequel to this book, You Can't Eat Peanuts in Church & Other Little-Known Laws, was featured on many popular TV and radio talk shows. Ms. Seuling has a country home in southern Vermont, to which she often retreats. She lives most of the year in New York City. GWENN SEULING, the author's niece, is a free-lance artist whose cartoons have appeared in major magazines in Paris, France, as well as a weekly Brooklyn newspaper. She also runs a plant store in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives.
Gia Stokes' junior year is off to a good start. She's just been elected co-captain of the Hi-Steppers dance squad, her friendship with her cousin Hope has been restored and her best friend Ricardo is the new first-string quarterback. But not everything is so smooth. It's a good thing Gia has her faith, because she's in for a real lesson about friendship and family.
"The best sports book of the year." - Sports Illustrated. "John Ed Bradley says that all he ever wanted to do was to leave behind a pretty piece of writing. Here it is--a wonderful blend of honest introspection, passionate reporting, and superb storytelling. One of the best books I have read in years." - Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Season of Life. Inspired by a classic essay about a visit to a dying coach, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium explores in gorgeous detail the inescapable pull of college football--the cocky smiles behind the face masks, the two-a-day drills, the emotionally charged bus rides to the stadium, the curfew checks, the film-study sessions, the locker room antics, and the yawning void left in one's soul the moment the final whistle sounds. To understand why it's so painful to give up the game, you must first understand the intimacy of the huddle. "It ends for everybody," writes John Ed Bradley, "and then it starts all over again, in ways you never anticipated. Marty Dufresne sits in his wheelchair listening to the Tiger fight song... Ramsey Darder endures prison by playing the games over in his head... Big Ed Stanton never took up the game of golf, and yet he rides the streets of Bayou Vista in a cart nearly identical to Coach Mac's, recalling the one time the old man invited him for a ride." Far more than a memoir, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium is a brutally honest, profoundly moving look at what it means to surrender something you love. An Amazon Editors' Best Book of 2007. "John Ed Bradley is a rare gem, a gifted writer trapped in the body of a football player. It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium will send chills down the back of anyone who loves the game and will echo in the minds of former players long after they've put it down." -Tim Green, best-selling author and member of the College Football Hall of Fame. "A mesmerizing read... achingly sentimental in some parts, brutally truthful in others..." - Chicago Tribune. "The best memoir I have ever read on how a particular game, win or lose, can linger with us." - Josh Levin, Slate. "An unsparing and often beautiful chronicle of [Bradley's] attempt to join polite society." - Play Magazine. "A lyrical memoir... about his teammates, his coaches, his parents and the magnetic power of football in Louisiana." - National Public Radio. "Heart-wrenching, honest, insightful and hard to put down."- The Franklin Sun.
A seasoned television professional--the host of the top-rated KEY News morning show--Eliza Blake has reported on tragedies many times from behind the anchor's desk . . . and she has survived devastating crises of her own. But only now is she learning the true meaning of terror when her seven-year-old daughter, Janie, is kidnapped from summer camp. Forced to suffer through a mother's worst nightmare in the glare of the camera lights, Eliza finds herself trapped in a media circus as the police and FBI explore every avenue . . . and every lead winds up at a dead end. But Eliza isn't going to just sit around and wait for answers--because every minute wasted in the desperate race to reveal the shocking motives of a ruthless abductor brings a frightened little girl one minute closer to her death.
Does your family talk about money?Do your kids understand your money values?Do you and your mate agree on how you spend and invest your money?Do you know if your parents are financially secure?These are the questions that Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and her father, Charles Schwab, ask at the beginning of this invaluable family financial primer. The authors acknowledge that these are difficult questions but stress that families must grapple with them and come up with answers.Despite the proliferation of the financial news media, money remains a taboo subject in most families. Often the mere thought of talking about money with a family member causes enormous personal stress and confusion. But it doesn't have to be that way. The goal of this father-daughter collaboration is to bring solid financial advice into the context of family, where it can be explored, understood, and implemented to the benefit of everyone. The first essential thing that must happen is conversation, and It Pays to Talk is filled with advice about how to start talking. The authors are both working parents with a combined sixty-five years of knowledge and experience in the investment field. In this book they present a road map that every family can follow as they develop and implement an investment strategy and money-management plan.They begin by covering the fundamental principles that every investor needs to understand in order to succeed for the long term, and then they move on to cover joining forces in marriage; building your family's wealth regardless of market conditions; investing for your children's future and raising money-savvy kids; retirement planning; estate planning for you and your parents; and dealing with the unexpected--insurance, divorce, and investing a windfall. Throughout the book, the authors offer advice about how to start the often difficult conversations that lead to smart decision-making, as well as how to talk gently, intelligently, and respectfully about the many issues that define and shape our attitudes about money.It does pay to talk. This valuable and expert book will get you started and help you at every stage of your family's investment career. From the Hardcover edition.
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