CIOs Reveal Their Picks for Beach Reads

Several CIOs identify what books they'll be reading on vacation, and why.

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

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