SOURCE: AIIM International

AIIM International

June 04, 2012 08:00 ET

New Book Proclaims the End of IT Autocracy, Rallies Information Managers to Occupy IT

Author and AIIM President John Mancini's Manifesto Calls for Empowering Information Professionals to Put the Right Information Into the Hands of the Right People

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - Jun 4, 2012) - AIIM, the global community of information professionals, today released a free eBook titled, "#OccupyIT: A Technology Manifesto for Cloud, Mobile and Social Era." Written by AIIM President John Mancini, the book prescribes a framework for executives, IT managers, compliance officers, records managers -- essentially anyone tasked with getting business value from information -- to rethink technology investment and reclaim IT.

"As we who love the possibilities associated with technology know too well, our passion, curiosity and engagement can be hampered by fears, legacy systems and outdated policies," said Mancini. "I wrote this book for information professionals everywhere that rock our world on a daily basis to encourage them to enlighten and empower new ways of work."

Mancini believes that while CEOs around the world are aware of fundamental changes in information technology innovation, those organizations not linked into the cloud, mobile devices or social networks will be hard pressed to participate in the planet's future. To remain competitive, organizations need to rethink what they are trying to accomplish with IT and how they view the people charged with this urgent mission, he says.

"There is a significant disconnect between the nature of work in the future and the systems to support this work," Mancini says. "Today's decision-making tends to be dominated by those whose frame of reference is structured by the past rather than what lies in the future. Change is possible but only when we look differently at our technology investments and the skill sets of the people we charge with these investments."

The five demands of the #OccupyIT Manifesto outlined in the book are:
Demand #1 - Commit to the cloud to become faster, more agile and innovative.
Demand #2 - Mobilize everything to have more access, more often.
Demand #3 - Make the business social to increase meaningful engagement.
Demand #4 - Digitize anything that moves to improve responsiveness.
Demand #5 - Prepare for extreme information management by securing the right expertise.

In short, he says, business needs to Occupy IT.

The #Occupy IT eBook may be instantly downloaded at

About John Mancini
As an author, John Mancini draws upon his 16 years as president of AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) and frequent interactions with industry strategic thinkers. A frequent keynote speaker, John offers his expertise on the transformational challenges and opportunities facing information professionals and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually to his blog Digital Landfill. In addition to the Occupy IT eBook, John is the author of the popular "8 Things You Need to Know About" e-book series. He has a Klout score in the 50s and can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as jmancini77.

About AIIM
AIIM has been an advocate and supporter of information professionals for nearly 70 years. The association's mission is to ensure that information professionals understand the current and future challenges of managing information assets in an era of social, mobile, cloud and big data. Founded in 1943, AIIM builds on a strong heritage of research and member service. Today, AIIM is a global, non-profit organization that provides independent research, education and certification programs to information professionals. AIIM represents the entire information management community, with programs and content for practitioners, technology suppliers, integrators and consultants.