Globalization, the rapid pace of technology's evolution and the shifting economic climate are making it tougher than ever for companies to develop top-quality enterprise software. And for CIOs, the challenge lies in choosing software providers who will keep costs down while ensuring excellent work. In the book, "Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain
" (Addison-Wesley Professional/available now), author Alan W. Brown illustrates how high-performance enterprise software is born, and shows how the constant involvement of stakeholders can help ensure projects are done well. Brown suggests using a highly virtualized, collaborative environment to connect worldwide teams. And while governance remains important, it shouldn't stifle innovation. Brown is currently CTO of IBM Rational's European operations, where he consults with customers on enterprise solutions, process improvement and agile transition.